Tariq Kirmani has more than 50 years of multifaceted experience in the corporate sector, both domestic and international.
After completing his Master’s degree in Business Administration, he started his career with a multinational oil company (Caltex – later Chevron Pakistan) in 1969 and worked for 7 years in the United States (US), United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia in different senior management positions in Marketing, Operations and Finance. In 1991, he became the first Pakistani to be elected as a Director of the company.
In 1999, he joined Pakistan State Oil (PSO) as Dy. Managing Director and in 2001 was appointed as the Managing Director & CEO. He turned around this public sector organization and converted it into a customer focused entity by giving it a new brand image and making it profitable while aggressively competing with multinational companies like Shell, Chevron and TOTAL.
In 2005, the Government of Pakistan (GoP) appointed Tariq Kirmani as the Chairman & CEO, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). He served the airline for 2 years during which he introduced customer focus, identified and initiated implementation of major programs in three key areas for improvement (a) Aircraft Fleet Renewal (b) Employee Rationalization (c) Systems and Processes through implementation of IT and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).
Due to his personal efforts, PSO and PIA became members of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, Switzerland.
Currently, he is serving as the Chairman of Gas & Oil Pakistan Ltd. (GO) and Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL). He is also serving as a Director on the Boards of Professional Education Foundation (PEF), Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF), IBA Selection Board and National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA).
He had also served as the Chairman of Punjab Energy Holding Company (Pvt.) Ltd. (PEHCL), Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), United Bank Limited Fund Managers, Greenstar Social Marketing (GSM), Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC), Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Advisory Council and National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) and also served as the President of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF).
He has previously served as a Director on the Boards of multinational and public sector companies such as Chevron Pakistan, Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL), Pak-Arab Pipeline Company Limited (PAPCO), Pakistan State Cement Corporation (PSCC), Asia Pipeline (Pvt.) Ltd. (APL), Board of Governors in LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan Telecommunications Limited (PTCL), Pakistan Private Infrastructure Board (PPIB), National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).