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 MD and CEO 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 three consecutive years, Asiamoney Best Corporate and Investment Bank of Bangladesh for four consecutive years, FinanceAsia Best Bank of Bangladesh in 2017 and 2019, the IFC Global Award for the Best Partner for Working Capital Systemic Solution; ICSB National Award 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 Limited (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.