Syed Muhammad Taha

Managing Director & CEO

Pakistan State Oil

Mr. Taha is known and respected for his transformational skills in the energy sector with over two decades of executive level experience in the industry. He was appointed as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan State Oil on February 26, 2020. Shortly after he took the helm of affairs, the world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. He deftly steered the company through troubled waters, successfully overcoming a myriad of crises while fulfilling the obligation of fueling the nation in an adverse operating environment and emerging stronger than before.

Under his leadership, PSO spearheaded the clean energy revolution in Pakistan by becoming the first oil company to introduce Euro 5 fuels in the country. He streamlined management and marketing, focused energy on human resource, reinventing the company’s internal architecture and ensured long term sustainability by leveraging technology through business process reengineering, automation & digitization, infrastructural projects, strategic financial management and focus on high margin products with safety and ethics being underpinning drivers of all initiatives.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Taha worked as an Executive Director in Oasis Energy, heading the Program Management Office of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, Nigeria, where he led a global team of subject matter experts to provide strategic and operational support to the leadership team of the distressed utility while successfully spearheading and executing multidisciplinary and multimillion dollar projects.

Mr. Taha worked at K-Electric Limited as Chief Distribution Officer and a vital member of the Senior Leadership Team. While effectively managing revenues of USD 1.9 billion, he successfully improved the productivity & effectiveness of 8000+ employees and served 2.4 million customers in Karachi. He has been a key member of the change management team where he was an integral part of the leadership teams that turned around struggling enterprises into highly profitable concerns.

Mr. Taha has also worked for over 9 years at Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSO), the country’s largest oil marketing company, where he held several senior positions and led various functions as Head of Corporate Affairs, Retail Fuels, Cards Business and Corporate Planning and worked directly under CEOs.

For around 6 years starting from 1993 to 1999, Mr. Taha worked for Shell Pakistan, Caltex Pakistan (A Chevron Company) and Pakistan Steel Mills at various positions. Mr. Taha holds an Engineering degree with an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration Karachi.