Managing Director and CEO, The City Bank
Mashrur Arefin has been working as the Managing Director & CEO of The City Bank Limited from the beginning of 2019. He was working in the same bank as Additional Managing Director for the last 3 years.
Mashrur joined City Bank in 2007 as Head of Retail Banking. He also served the bank as its Chief Communications Officer & 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 is in the industry for 24 years. He held a number of senior roles in branch banking, retail, SME, cards, operations & digital banking in banks like ANZ Grindlays, Standard Chartered – Qatar, American Express, Citibank N.A. 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.
An ex-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 titled ‘Complete Stories of Franz Kafka’ won the ‘BRAC Bank-Samakal Literary Award’ and was adjudged the year’s ‘Best Publication’ by Bangla Academy. His first novel ‘August Abchaya’ and translation of Homer’s epic ‘The Iliad’ was also well received by readers and academics.