Mashrur Arefin has recently been appointed as the managing director and CEO of City Bank Limited, following approval from the central bank. He had been working in the same bank as additional managing director for the last three years.
Mashrur joined City Bank in 2007 as head of retail banking. He also served the bank as its chief communications officer and chief operating officer among other roles. He is a director of the bank’s subsidiary remittance company in Malaysia and its merchant bank subsidiary as well.
Mashrur has been in the industry for 24 years. He held a number of senior roles in branch banking, retail, SME, cards, operations and digital banking in ANZ Grindlays, Standard Chartered - Qatar, American Express, Citibank NA and Eastern Bank. He is credited with launching American Express cards in Bangladesh.
Mashrur started his career as a management trainee in ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1995 and worked also in its headquarters in Australia. He played a leading role in the ‘bank transformation’ of City Bank that begun in 2007.
Anex-student of Barisal Cadet College, he is an MA from Dhaka University and an MBA from Victoria University, Australia. He completed higher management courses in INSEAD, France. Besides banking, he is known as a writer too. His translation of ‘Complete Stories of Franz Kafka’ won the ‘BRAC-Samakal Literary Award’ and was adjudged the year’s ‘Best Publication’ by Bangla Academy. His translation of Homer’s epic ‘The Iliad’ was also well received by readers and academics.