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In Loving Memory of Samson H. Chowdhury,one of the greatest entrepreneurs the world has ever known


6 years ago

Samson H. Chowdhury
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Born on the 25th of September, 1926 in Pabna, Samson H. Chowdhury went on to study at both Harvard University and Dhaka University in Bangladesh (also known at that time as "The Oxford of the East").

Upon completion of his studies he returned to Pabna in 1952 and started his first entrepreneurial venture – a pharmacy. This led to his first success in business and he went on to begin the Square Group of Companies with three friends.

A devout Christian, Samson served as vice president of the Baptist World Alliance from 1985 to 1990. Additionally, Mr. Chowdhury served in other global Baptist organizations, including on the BWA General Council, the Executive Committee, the Baptist World Aid Committee, the Promotion and Development Committee, and the Memorial Committee. Mr. Chowdhury was also elected president of the Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF) a dozen times, and was honorary general secretary for 14 years, between 1956 and 1969. He was a president of both the National Church Council of Bangladesh and the National Evangelical Alliance.

But it wasn’t his religious beliefs which took up the majority of his attention. His business acumen, and immense contribution to the development of Bangladesh made him incredibly popular with the people and his contemporaries alike. He was of course recognized for his achievements on several occasions, being awarded accolades such as Business Executive of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh in 1998, Best Entrepreneur of the Country for the year 2000–2001 by the Daily Star and DHL Worldwide Express, Special Contribution in the country’s industrial and commercial sectors for the year 2003 by the Mercantile Bank Award, For Uncompromising Business Ethics, Honesty & Transparency of the year 2005 by the Banker’s Forum Award. He was also the recipient of CIP (Commercially Important Person in Industry) 2009-2010 status by the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

It was through his dynamic leadership that Square Group is one of Bangladesh’s leading conglomerates with a turnover of more than $600 million, and Square has recognized, like many others, the enormous potential of ready-made garment manufacturing in Bangladesh. 

It was in 1997 that Square (famous for their pharmaceutical production) entered the textile sector with its manufacturing of cotton yarn. Under Square’s unique and inspiring atmosphere, this new venture soon rose to the top of the local textile industry and today it has one of the most sophisticated vertically integrated set-ups.

In 2002 after approximately half a decade producing quality textiles for export-oriented garment manufacturers around the world, Square Group embarked on their final stage of vertical integration through the establishment of Square Fashions Ltd.
Using the highest standard of international technology and expertise, Square Fashions Ltd. is producing quality apparel. Utilizing the cotton yarn – which is the company’s superior product – Square decided to complete their mission to be a one-stop-shop for the international buyer and incorporate the manufacturing of a range of apparels.

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25/09/2013  |  0:33
i really respect the guy. it is hard to find people like him
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