Ali Reza Iftekhar
Managing Director and CEO

A visionary banker and a dynamic leader, Ali Reza Iftekhar is an ardent promoter of the concept of sustainable development. As the CEO and MD of Eastern Bank Limited he has successfully introduced international best practices and ethical banking and transformed the organization into the most valuable financial brand in the country. Under his leadership, the bank has achieved many a laurel including the Best Retail Bank in Bangladesh awarded by The Asian Banker for six consecutive years 2013 - 2018; Euromoney Best Bank in Bangladesh for two consecutive years, Asiamoney Best Corporate and Investment Bank of Bangladesh in 2017-18, FinanceAsia Best Bank of Bangladesh in 2017, the IFC Global Award for the Best Partner for Working Capital Systemic Solution; ICSB National Award 2014 for Corporate Governance Excellence; the Best Financial Institution 2010 at the DHL-Daily Star Bangladesh Business Award. He has recently been elected Chairman of Association of Bankers, Bangladesh (ABB) for 2020-21.  ABB is a forum of managing directors of Bangladesh’s scheduled banks. This is his 2nd term as the chairman of ABB. He also served as the chairman of the forum for 2014-2015.

It is during his tenure that EBL became the first company in the country to achieve Ba3 rating from Moody's in 2016.

An achiever throughout his banking career spanning over three decades, he was awarded CEO of the Year 2012 at Asian HR Leadership Award.

A 1982 graduate from the University of Dhaka in Marketing, his specialization in risk management, corporate banking, operations and retail made him one of the leading bankers of the country. He attended Harvard Business School Program on Leadership in Financial Organizations in 2012, participated in the Strategic Leadership Program at University of Oxford, UK in 2013, and took part in Executive Program in Corporate Governance and Strategic Management at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley in 2014. In 2015, he has participated in the Value Creation in Banking and Strategic Management Program at INSEAD Business School, France. 

In 2016, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) program on Global Trends, Local Impacts: UK, Brexit and the World.