The Next Generation
When Mahmoud passed away in 1983, his daughter Karma and his son Marwan took over the family business, with the help of key individuals who still remain with the group today. One of the first decisions the brother and sister made was to set the Swiss group on a clear mission to become the leading precious metals group in the world.
Building on the family heritage of trading, finance and money markets experience, the brother and sister took the Swiss group to the next level. Karma took over responsibility as treasurer and risk manager while Marwan headed up trading and marketing.
Since their early days in business, sharing a big double desk, the siblings have identified new markets and opened new subsidiaries to grow the Swiss group into an international operation. They have relentlessly sought the right individuals to join their team and develop new market opportunities.
MKS PAMP GROUP organically expanded by opening several offices around the world, always keeping precious metals at the centre of its activities. Each new venture was driven by the combination of a specific market opportunity and attracting key individuals. Finding and trusting people who deeply share the group’s values and are as dedicated to it as the family itself, remains a permanent endeavour and the key to the new generation’s success. As Marwan and Karma say “we have always opened new operations because of the people”.
The Group first expanded eastward and into Asia, capitalising on the promising development of local precious metals markets and trading. In 1998 the first overseas office was established in Australia and many other offices have since then opened in the region.
The only external acquisition was that of MTB (Manfra, Tordella & Brookes) in 2001. Based in New York, MTB is one of North America’s most important coin and bullion distributors and completed the MKS PAMP GROUP’s coins and small bars offering in that key market. The industrial side of the group grew as well with the establishment of MMTC-PAMP a state-of-the-art refinery in India in 2008, an unprecedented joint venture with the local government.
Currently, the MKS PAMP GROUP has over 900 employees in 14 offices strategically located in the leading precious metals markets. Today, the group is the most accredited multi-channel, precious metals operation in the world. It is perhaps these accomplishments that most distinctly bear out Mahmoud Shakarchi’s legacy.
A long heritage and strong family spirit, decades of market experience and shared knowledge, dedicated people, “Swissness” and a constant care for the founder’s legacy and reputation are the biggest assets of the MKS PAMP GROUP.