Zahid Bilgrami

Chief Executive Officer

Zahid was appointed Chief Executive of Defaqto in May 2012. He has been an executive member of the board since 2010.

Previously, Zahid was a Senior Manager in Andersen’s Business Consulting division, where he was responsible in leading strategy, merger integration and turnaround initiatives with global blue chip clients.

Subsequently, he joined Balfour Beatty as the Business Transformation Director responsible for improving operational performance in problem operating companies. Following successful transformations, Zahid moved into Balfour Beatty's corporate planning and strategy group at head office. Here, he was responsible for helping the board shape group strategy, and for leading and managing acquisitions and divestments.

Zahid qualified as a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1996. He holds a BSc Hons in Economics with Statistics from Bristol University and an MBA with distinction from London Business School. Zahid also holds a Masters in Wealth Management and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments.

Zahid is a skier and a casual golfer.

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