December 06, 2019


WASHINGTON, D.C— The U.S. Chamber's U.S.-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) announced the election of Steven Kobos, president and managing director of Excelerate Energy, as chairman-elect. Mr. Kobos will serve a two-year term, succeeding Dr. Mehmood Khan, former vice chairman of PepsiCo.

“The USPBC is pleased to welcome Steven Kobos as its new chairman,” said Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of International Affairs for the U.S. Chamber. "Excelerate Energy has a strong presence to the Pakistani market and Steven’s experience and leadership will be fundamental to the board’s mission to further expand economic opportunities for U.S. companies in the Pakistani market. There are many opportunities for our two countries to explore further cooperation, including in agriculture, consumer goods, energy, healthcare, and digital services.”

The board also elected vice chairman-elect Aamer Sheikh, chief financial officer & senior vice president Finance, Africa, Middle East & South Asia sector of PepsiCo for a two-year term, succeeding Zia Chishti, chairman and chief executive officer of The Resource Group.

"As the chief financial officer and senior vice president Finance, Africa, Middle East & South Asia PepsiCo, Aamer Sheikh brings immense value to his incoming vice-chairman role. He is passionate about council initiatives that advance U.S. commercial engagement in Pakistan," said Espie Jelalian, president of USPBC. “The USPBC continues to play a key role in bolstering growth and enhancing Pakistan’s competitiveness. Our membership welcomes the leadership, passion, and energy that Steven and Aamer bring to the USPBC as they assume their roles in January 2020.”

About the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council
The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) is the leading business private sector association of U.S. companies with business and investment interests in Pakistan. Through our policy recommendations, our active engagement with U.S. and Pakistani government officials, private sector organizations and think tanks, and particularly our trade missions, the USPBC has worked to expand commercial opportunities and promote a level-playing field for American companies in Pakistan. Our membership is represented by senior-level executives of U.S. companies from every business sector that are major investors in Pakistan and are firmly committed to the Pakistani market.

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 80 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce.