Ahsan Khan Chowdhury: Who Transformed The Family Business Into The Country’s Top FMCG

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury is a seasoned entrepreneur and CEO of the renowned PRAN-RFL Group, one of the largest food and beverage manufacturing companies in Bangladesh. With over 200 brands under its food and beverage division, PRAN exports its products to 145 countries worldwide, including Asia, Africa, and Europe, in addition to its home market of Bangladesh. Under the dynamic leadership of Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, PRAN has continued its trajectory of growth and success since its establishment in 1981 by the late Major General Amjad Khan Chowdhury. With Ahsan at the helm as CEO since 2016, the company has continued to expand its reach and impact in the global FMCG market.

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury was born in Dhaka in 1970 and spent his childhood in the city. In 1987, at the age of 17, he successfully completed his Secondary School Certificate from St. Joseph’s High School. He went on to receive his Higher Secondary Examination from Notre Dame College in 1989. Pursuing further education, Chowdhury moved to America where he earned an advanced degree in Business Administration from Wartburg College. He returned to Bangladesh in 1993 and began his business career, working in the family’s real estate, food, plastic, and light engineering ventures. Under his leadership, the PRAN-RFL Group quickly gained recognition both nationally and globally and has become the fastest-growing corporation in Bangladesh, contributing significantly to the country’s socio-economic development.

Today, the PRAN-RFL Group has diversified interests in sectors such as agro-processing, food, plastic, light engineering, banking, and more, with 23 production facilities located throughout Bangladesh. The group directly employs over 110,000 people and sustains an additional 15,000,000 people.

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury has played a pivotal role in the success of the PRAN-RFL Group over the last 27 years. He is known for his expertise in sales, marketing, and business development, with a focus on making his products and services available throughout the country. Despite the competition from multinational companies, the PRAN-RFL Group holds a 65% market share in Bangladesh.

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury believes that Bangladesh, despite its dense population and poverty, has significant potential for development. With its abundant human resources and rapidly transitioning economy, he sees Bangladesh as a strong and competitive industrial-based country. With a focus on exports, the PRAN-RFL Group has established overseas offices in Dubai, Oman, India, Africa, Malaysia, and Spain, and exports its products to over 141 countries worldwide. The company has received recognition for its outstanding contributions in exports, being awarded the Best Exporters Trophy for the past 14 consecutive years by the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury’s current goal is to establish the PRAN-RFL Group as the first Bangladeshi multinational company with production facilities in various parts of the world by 2020. To that end, the group has already successfully installed production facilities in India and Nepal. His wife, Seema Chowdhury, serves as a director, while their two daughters, Samia and Sameen, are planning to join the family business after completing their studies in Canada.

Ahsan Khan Chowdhury is an active member of various trade and commerce bodies, associations, and clubs in Bangladesh and is dedicated to serving the community through his involvement in various socio-economic activities. He is known for his hands-on management style, working closely with his employees, and for his hard-working, optimistic, and pleasant personality.

Man Of Impact – Ahsan Khan Chowdhury

  • 1987
    • SSC from St. Joseph High School
  • 1989
    • HSC from Notre Dame College
  • 1992
    • Graduation from Wartburg College, USA
    • Joined PRAN-RFL Group as a Deputy Managing Director
  • 2000
    • Awarded “Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Junior Chamber of Commerce”
    • Highest Export Earning Company Gold Trophy – AGRO Processing Sector
  • 2001-2013
    • PRAN-RFL Best National Export Trophy
    • Pran Foods Limited Bronze Trophy
    • Pran Agro Limited – Gold Trophy
  • 2016
    • Become Chairman & CEO of PRAN-RFL Group 
  • 2017
    • Got Recognition as a CIP
    • Sponsor Director & Executive Committee Member-Midland Bank Limited
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