Hussain Elius Steps Down as Pathao’s CEO, Names Fahim Ahmed as the New Managing Director and CEO

Nov 1, 2021

Pathao Co-founder Hussain Elius has stepped down as Pathao's CEO, handing over the Managing Director and CEO role to Fahim Ahmed, the current President of the company. Mr. Elius will remain on the Pathao Board and engage with the management under a new role called Senior Adviser. 

“After six exciting years of building Pathao from the ground up to the largest consumer tech platform of the country - I am handing over the CEO role to my trusted friend, Fahim Ahmed,” Elius writes in a social media post. “I will continue to be involved in the Pathao story as a Member of the Board, and work closely with the management team as a Senior Advisor.”

Pathao was founded in 2015 as an on-demand delivery service and officially launched its ride-hailing service a few months later. The company has since expanded into several other verticals. 

Under Elius, Pathao transformed itself from a scrappy startup to a leading player in several verticals including bike-hailing, logistics, and food delivery. It has since launched several other services such as healthcare services and ecommerce. It has recently received permission from Bangladesh Bank to launch its Pathaio Pay service.  

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Ruhul Kader is a technology and business analyst based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Future Startup and author of Rethinking Failure: A short guide to living an entrepreneurial life. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, technology policy, and society. He can be reached at

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