LAHORE - Dr. Faizullah Abbasi has assumed office of Managing Director, SSGC on January 27, 2010. He succeeds Umair Khan who served the Company as MD from July 2008 to December 2009. Before taking up his present assignment Dr. Abbasi was Vice President of Metal Manufacturing Company, Arizona, USA, says a press release. Dr. Abbasi had a prolific stint as SSGCs Deputy Managing Director (DMD) in the mid-1990s. In his position of DMD which he assumed in May 1995, he headed the HR / Administration, Measurement / Meter Plant, HSE and later Gas Distribution Operations Divisions. As the head of HR, he carried out extensive organizational re-structuring of the Company in 1997. He was also assigned to control the rising incidence of Unaccounted for Gas (UFG) for all areas of Distribution Sindh except Karachi. In this area of focus, Dr. Abbasi developed a three-pronged strategy of rehabilitation / system maintenance and pressure profiling. These efforts bore fruit when in 1998 an appreciable decline in UFG was noted for the first time in ten years.