Mukhtar first joined the HSBC Group in 1982 as a Graduate Trainee in Midland Bank International. After close to 11 years of working in the HSBC Group's London offices, he then held numerous posts in Dubai including CEO of HSBC Financial Services (Middle East) Limited from 1995 to 2003 and established the initiative to create the first foreign investment bank in Saudi Arabia for HSBC.
In 2003, Mr Mukhtar assumed the position of CEO of Global Banking and Market and became the Co-Head of Global Banking in 2005. He headed back to London as the Global Head of Principal Investments from 2006 to 2008. He was the Deputy Chairman, HSBC Bank Middle East Limited, Global CEO of HSBC Amanah and CEO of Global Banking and Markets, Middle East and North Africa, a dual role with global responsibilities for Islamic Finance and HSBC's wholesale banking activities in the Middle East and North Africa before he came to Malaysia.