Summary


A highly professional, dynamic, impeccably presented and driven marketer with an experience
of maximizing the awareness, sales and profitability of recognizable brands. Experience of
working in a fast paced environment and able to quickly understanding the mission, vision and
values of a brand. Possessing a proven ability to work within brands guidelines and create an
image that is up to date and right for its audience.
Now looking for a new and challenging managerial position, one which will make best use of
my existing skills and also further my professional development.

Professional Experience

Work History
Oct 2015 - Present

Business Manager

Amarant Pharmaceutical (Pvt) Limited
Oct 2014 - Sep 2015

Business Unit Manager

SAMI Pharmaceuticals Pvt Limited
Feb 2014 - Aug 2014

Marketing Planning Manager

Himont Pharmaceutical(Pvt) Limited

Responsible for Marketing planning and execution for three divisions. Adult nutrition supplement, Infant Milk Formulas, Bone Nutrition, Herbal Products and Multivitamins. Managing a team of Product Managers for individual portfolios. Managing the Re-Positioning, Product Mix and new launches in the portfolio. Responsible for Resource Allocation as per the Data & competitive analysis.

Oct 2012 - Jan 2014

Group Product Manager

OBS Pakistan Limited

Representing Merck Sharpe & Dohme in Pakistan and involved in making recommendations for its products range, pricing and promotions. Involved in helping to differentiate the company from those of the competition. Marketing certain brands to increase their popularity among target costumers. Conducting in-depth analysis to determine the image/demand of a brand. Leading cross-functional innovation teams. Controlling costs in-line with department objectives and business plans. Utilizing all resources cost effectively. Participation & attending Health fairs, exhibitions and conferences to promote brands. Developing annual brand plans in partnership with the sales and Medical teams. Presenting Brand Plan to region for Global submission. Implement strategic plans to maximize brand potential. Liaising closely with Brand, Medico Marketing and Sales Teams. Effectively managing, motivating and developing the brand team. Monitoring and analyzing a brand and competitors performance to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Initiate & coordinate medico-marketing activities. Prepares promotional training courses for sales forces and global partners Organize seminars and medical education events Conducts sales force training in the domain of scientific knowledge and medical content Handles Marketing team for individual Brands. Prepares scientific presentation for doctors and marketing team in coordination with Medico Marketing Team and Regional Team. Performs sales briefing meetings with the marketing team To develop and manage scientific content pertaining to nutrition in line with the marketing requirement of the organization To develop strategic planning sessions with the marketing team and identify potentially influential data from competitors. Meet KOLs across country for collaboration and scientific brand initiatives.

Jun 2012 - Oct 2012

Senior Product Manager

OBS Pakistan Limited

Merck Sharpe & Dohme(Cardio & Diabetes)(Januvia/Janumet, Cozaar, Hyzaar & Fortzaar) MSD(Fertility and Women Health-formerly Organon)(Puregon, Livial, Gardasil, Implanon) OBS branded generic division. Leading and Managing Product Management Team for individual portfolio. Interaction and communication with MSD regional team for planning and execution. Coordination and compliance with MSD for uniform global communication. Preparing and presenting Long run operational Plans to regional office. Team building/restructuring and revival of MSD brands. Revitalizing the branded Generics marketing.

Dec 2010 - Jul 2011

Senior Product Manager

MARTIN DOW PHARMACEUTICALS LIMITED

As primary objective, successfully launched Cardio Metabolic Portfolio that included relaunch of existing Martin Dow brands blended with some of the brands of Roche after acquisition. Portfolio Included 7 brands in total. Designed new campaigns for all the brands, Launch theme and strategy for the portfolio. Successfully executed the launch of portfolio with a new team. During the launch phase represented and generated noise about the portfolio in various seminars and symposium to increase visibility and announce the launch by distinctive participation. Successfully launched another brand to add up in the portfolio. Designed a different launch campaign for an existing market through a unique promotional tool. Increased the Market Share in cardiovascular Market by gaining the attention through creative and consistent campaigns. Significant improvement in all the brands in IMS. Collaborated with National and International Societies for campaigns, symposiums and days celebration. Successfully arranged CME titled“ Cardio Metabolic Update” in, Nairobi, Kenya. Including leading KOLs across Pakistan.

Dec 2009 - Nov 2010

Product Manager

PHARMEVO PVT LIMITED
Jul 2008 - Feb 2009

Assistant Product Manager

PHARMEVO PVT LIMITED

Primary duties focused on working closely with Sales team and senior executives to develop viable marketing and business development strategies/plans. Managed advertising campaigns, exhibits at various seminars, symposia and events. Responsible for conducting market research, competitive intelligence, pricing, new product launch and marketing communications projects. Led marketing strategy, branding, advertising, direct mail and other creative materials as well as media plan and budget and repositioning team, including supervising creation of Team of top salesman for the brands. Managed a portfolio containing three brands. Strategically led the brand while faced with new entrants in the market. Successfully launched a product in cardiovascular market. Wrote a comprehensive Marketing plan that included complete situation and competitive analyses, tactical action plans, sales forecasts, and budgets. Managed campaign development, creation of promotional materials and messaging, motivational launch presentation. Developed a representative communication campaign. Represented the organization in various medical symposia and seminars and contributed to the development of brand strategy as an active member of the Core Marketing Team of the Business Unit as well as Division. Successfully developed and implemented the highly motivational competitions for field force, resulting in a 30% increase in Sales volume, breaking a plateau. Effectively positioned the three brands in the portfolio, resulting in continued linear growth in internal brand ranking as well as in IMS. Using latest research and updates effectively by designing them as campaign. Training Field Force to efficiently implement and convey the message. Field Visits on regular basis to the customers around the country and working close with the sales team to implement the designed strategies. Training and motivational sessions with the sales team. Event management for various campaigns. Designed and managed promotional and communication campaigns. Forecasting and budgeting for the responsible bands and active participant in designing the agenda for the upcoming events. Managing sales and effectively utilizing the resources leading to P&L presentations Semi-annually and annually to the senior executives. Part of the creative team of the Division for pipe line products.

Jul 2006 - Jun 2008

Marketing Executive

PHARMEVO PVT LIMITED

Primary duties centered on overseeing market position, competitor intelligence, and sales analysis/forecasting functions. Managed brand's advertising program, which included mail, magazine advertising, promotional materials, multimedia presentations, and training. Initiated and participated in committees for strategic planning, budgeting and sales force training Managed two brands effectively. Creating effective promotional campaign for the customers(both Internal & External). Training the field force for effectively implementing the marketing strategies. Involved Field Force in more effective two way communication via mail which helped in broadening the horizon. Interaction with customers on regular basis by extensive touring. Presentations and training to the sales force. Campaign designing and implementation as part of the marketing strategy. Creatively participating in business unit activities.

Oct 2005 - Jun 2006

Sales Support Executive

PHARMEVO PVT LIMITED

Weekly, Monthly and Annual analysis of Sales. Acting as a bridge between sales and marketing team. Analyze sales in various aspects helping in identifying the area of concentration. Analyzing the demand and correspondence with distributors. Assisting Distribution Manager in regular and smooth supply of products. Managing Institutional Sales, negotiating price, filling annual tenders for purchase and following up Institutional Sales team for liquidation.

Mar 2003 - Oct 2005

Contract Employee

ABBOTT LABORATORIES(PAKISTAN) LIMITED

Internee & Contract Employee in various department(Finance, Planning, Marketing Services). Interacting with employees for problems related to benefits and compensation, Incentive Stocks. Compiling and maintaining data backups. Correspondence with MIS department for Monthly transactions.

Highlights

- Member of organizing committee for Annual Idea Generation Meeting (Pharm Evo).
- Member of organizing committee for Annual Conference (Pharm Evo).
- Member of organizing committee for New Year’s corporate campaign development
including theme, song and launch (Pharm Evo).
- Launched two products one being the highest selling product in the history of the
company (Pharm Evo).
- Planned and executed highly motivational and creative launches which were declared
the best launches of the company (Pharm Evo & Martin Dow).
- Interacted with various international societies for execution of their campaigns in
Pakistan; World Hypertension Leagues, American Diabetic Association, World Heart
Federation, World Kidney Foundation, Stroke Foundation, Guinness World Record &
KOALA foundation.
- Designed and launched two user trials on newly launched products providing sales
team a chance to interact with the leading prescribers and increase brand visibility.
- Interacted with international organizations and took permission to celebrate
international days in Pakistan like World Heart Day, World Hypertension Day, World
diabetes Day, World Arthritis Day, World Stroke Day and World Kidney Day.
- Represented the organization distinctively by creatively participating in various seminar
and symposiums. Worked as part of organizing committee in various seminars like
Pakistan Hypertension league Annual Symposium, Cardio Con, Karachi Spine
workshop in association with Pakistan society of neurosurgeons, Pakistan Cardiac
Society.
- Awarded a gold medal by the management on a successful launch (Pharm Evo).
- Awarder a gold medal on successful Portfolio Launch by the management (Martin
Dow)
- Launched Preventive Cardiology Forum in collaboration with Pakistan Cardiac
Society.
- Launched THEART Club during Annual Cardilogy update 2011, Bhurbhan. A unique
platform creatively designed to involve healthcare Professionals by providing them
membership.
- Launched “Incretin Impression Series” in Pakistan in collaboration with Pakistan
Endocrine Society. (Live Webcast with local and International speakers simultaneously
in three major cities) followed by cascading programs in 6 cities.
- Launched “Live Webcast Series” on Gardasil and Puregon in association with SOGP
(Society of Obs & Gyn of Pakistan)
- Initiated “Community of Practice” project implementation in Pakistan.

Professional Courses

Sales Management (PPDC – PharmEvo Professional Development Center, Karachi)
Art of Forecast (PPDC – PharmEvo Professional Development Center, Karachi)
Area Planning Management PPDC (Bangkok, Thailand)
Merck Sharpe & Dohme – Brand Planning Workshop (Dubai)
Marketing Planning and Brand Management- Six days extensive course by A. R. Puri

Additional Activities

Creative consultant for 'ARTBEAT' (facebook.com/iloveartbeat)

Social Media and Marketing Strategist for 'M&M,' (upcoming  clothing brand)

Concept Designer & Social Media Manager (IBA - Master Chef)

PAKISTAN INNOVATION FOUNDATION - 2nd round finalist for 'I am Karachi innovation challenge' 2015

UEFA Under-21 Volunteer for 2009, Gothenburg, Sweden.

I Own Karachi- Volunteer for Health Institutions, Karachi, Pakistan.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mazharized/

Passion

Networking

Traveling

Creativity

Education

Education

 Marketing Research

INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (IBA-Karachi)

Communication Design 

INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (IBA-Karachi)

MBA 

MOHAMMAD ALI JINNAH UNIVERSITY

B. Sc

PAF FAISAL KARACHI

Recommendations

"Mazhar has always been very supportive person. A great professional, resourceful, very well connected and
passionate. He makes sure to guide you well enough so that work gets done and at the same time you learn
and take ownership of what you do. His knowledge, confidence at work and communication skills is a true
essence of his success."
Rabia N., was with another company when working with Mazhar

"Mazhar is in true sense, a great leader who always led his team from front. Under his leadership many
brands are launched which touch new milestone in pharmaceutical industry."
Mohsin Ali, worked with Mazhar

"Although it was a short span of professional association but still in that small tenure i can offer high
recommendations for Mazhar Ahmed, as a confident,competent and a self driven professional.He is capable
of working in challenging enviroments while still being innovative and deliverable in his commitments.His
drive and abilities will truly be an asset to any establishment.I wish him success in his future endeavours."
Neha Ahmed, Clinical Research Associate, OBS Pakistan Pvt. Ltd.(formerly Merck Sharp &
Dohme), worked with Mazhar at Himont Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd.

"He is a confident, smart, good marketer. Knows his job well, I wish him good luck for all his future
engaments."
Umair Uz Zubair, Assistant Manager Business Development, PharmEvo Pvt. Ltd, worked with Mazhar at
Himont Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd.

"He is a true marketing professional with enormous potential to lead marketing team at any national &
multinational organization. A professional who has lots of successful creative campaigns on his credit that
creates number of successful brands."
Muhammad Mansoor Khan, Marketing Manager, PharmEvo (Pvt.) Ltd, worked directly with Mazhar at
Himont Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd.

"He was excellent in creativity, market research and aligned field operations. Highly determined and focused
professional for any challenging workplace."
Fawad Iqbal, PRODUCT MANAGER, Pharmevo, Pakistan, managed Mazhar indirectly at Himont
Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd.

"I have been privileged to start my Pharmaceutical career under the guidance and mentoring of a professional
such as Mr. Mazhar. He works collaboratively and brilliantly he builds team. I found Mr. Mazhar to
be an extremely organized, enthusiastic and bright intellectual, with a thorough understanding of the
Pharmaceutical Business. An out of the box thinker and an ardent marketer, he strives for excellence while
making the entire team a core part of every achievement. I believe there are not many team players and
leaders of his caliber in the industry, and I would absolutely cherish an opportunity to learn from and work
with him again in the future."
Shumaila Perveen, Assistant Product Manager, Himont Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd., reported to Mazhar
at Himont Pharmaceuticals (Pvt) Ltd.

"Mazhar Ahmed is a very composed yet enthusiastic marketer, and a brilliant business professional. Having
worked with him for over two years, it’s been an absolute pleasure learning from him and enjoying work
in a rather hectic pharmaceutical environment in Pakistan. Not only has Mazhar an excellent command
and adaptability over the rapidly evolving landscape of Pharmaceutical Marketing & Sales, he strives
for development of systems and strategies to drive results, ultimately benefiting the organization. Be it
developing and strategizing brand plans of blockbuster molecules, or keeping an unconditional calm during
managing high-end events being carried out on a nationwide level, he has exhibited an exemplary devotion
and professionalism to execute tasks and lead a team to success under perfect harmony. Working under
strict ethics of the industry, Mazhar has believed in a positive approach to problem solving and has an astute
understanding of management from a strategic vantage point. I hope for and can undoubtedly foresee a very
successful personal and professional life for Mazhar!"
Osama Masood, Assistant Product Manager, OBS Pakistan (Formerly Merck Sharp & Dohme of
Pakistan), reported to Mazhar at OBS Pakistan Pvt. Ltd (Merck Sharpe & Dohme)

"Mazhar Ahmed is truly a gem of a marketer and a person. He was my first boss in mainstream Pharma.
Although, I worked with him only briefly, but I was totally impressed by his interpersonal skills, business
acumen, problem solving skills, out of the box brand campaigns and above all his supportive mentoring."
Umer Khan, Product management, Merck & Co Inc. ( OBS Group ), reported to Mazhar at OBS Pakistan
Pvt. Ltd (Merck Sharpe & Dohme)

"Mazhar & me worked together in Martin Dow Limited in marketing. I found him highly creative, committed
and devoted marketing professional. He loves to develop new ideas and campaigns. He is a thorough
gentleman with lots of love, care & respect for everyone whom he works with. I wish him a great success in
every aspect of his life."
Muhammad Hafeez Arain, Senior Product Manager, Martin Dow Limited, worked with Mazhar at
Martin Dow Pharmaceuticals (Pakistan) Limited