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The Board of Directors comprises of eminent personalities in multitude of sectors, under whose direction and guidance the course of the company is plotted.

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Chairperson - Rose Cooray


Chairperson/Non-Executive Director

B.A. (Hons) (University of Ceylon, Peradeniya), MSc. (Strathclyde University,U.K.)

Appointed as the Chairperson on 06th July 2015. Mrs. Rose Cooray is a Director of Hatton National Bank PLC. Having served the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for over 35 years she retired as the Deputy Governor and counts over 44 years of experience in the financial sector. She is the Chairperson of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC, Ceylon Investment PLC, Sithma Development (Pvt) Limited and a Director of HNB Finance Limited and Guardian Capital Partners PLC. On release from the Central Bank, she had served the Ministry of Finance and Planning as Director General Fiscal Policy and Economic Affairs for nearly 6 years and represented the Government on the Boards of DFCC Bank, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, Ceylon Electricity Board, De La Rue Currency and Security Print (Pvt) Ltd, Export Development Board, National Housing and Development Authority and the Monetary Board on West Coast Power (Pvt) Ltd. Mrs.Cooray has been extensively involved in policy making in the financial sector and implementing development projects. She has wide experience in negotiating loans with multilateral donors/bilateral trade agreements. She has contributed papers to professional journals.

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer - Deepthi Lokuarachchi

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

LL.B (Colombo), ACII (UK), Attorney-at-Law, Chartered Insurance Risk Manager

Deepthi Lokuarachchi is the Managing Director/ CEO of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance Limited. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Colombo and is professionally qualified as a Chartered Member of CII – UK. Being a career insurance professional having served in both Life and General sectors, he had gained extensive exposures into executive general management, and other areas such as underwriting, claims and reinsurance within Insurance Companies owned by the Eagle Star Group, Zurich Financial Services, Al-Futtaim UAE, AVIVA and AIG. Mr. Lokuarachchi also functioned as CEO of Sri Lanka’s biggest State Insurance Company SLIC in his career. Serving the professional interests of industry personnel Mr. Lokuarachchi also held the Presidency of the Sri Lanka Insurance Institute for a period of two years and also is the present President of the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka.

Director - Mahendra Jayasekera


Independent Non-Executive Director

FCA, BSc Special Hons (University of Sri Jayawardenapura)

Managing Director of Lanka Tiles PLC, Lanka Walltiles PLC, Lanka Ceramic PLC, Swisstek (Ceylon) PLC and Swisstek Aluminium Limited. Immediate past President of Sri Lanka Ceramics & Glass Council and the past Chairman of Centec Limited, a public private partnership between the Sri Lanka Ceramics & Glass Council and the Industrial Technology Institute.

Presently he is also a Director of LWL Development (Pvt) Limited, Beyond Paradise Collection Limited, Uni Dil Packaging Limited and Uni Dil Packaging Solutions Limited.

Director - Siromi Wickramasinghe


Non-Executive Director

Attorney - at - Law, FCMA (UK), CGMA

Presently is a Director of Agstar PLC. Also functions as the Head of Credit Counselling Centre. A Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute,UK. Counts over 35 years of multi-functional and progressive experience in the Sri Lankan Banking Sector including 13 years in the Corporate Management level of Hatton National Bank PLC. Previously held the position of Chairperson of HDFC Bank, General Manager/CEO of Lankaputhra Development Bank, Chairperson of Ceybank Asset Management Company, (a subsidiary of Bank of Ceylon), Director of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, Commission Member of the SEC and as a Director of Sri Lanka Banks’ Association Gtee Ltd.

Director - Dr. Sivakumar Selliah


Independent Non-Executive Director

(MBBS, M.Phil)

He was appointed to the board in 2014. Dr. Selliah holds a MBBS degree and a Master’s Degree (M.Phil). He has over two decades of Diverse experience in varied fields Currently, he is the Deputy Chairman of Asiri Hospitals Holdings PLC and the Deputy Chairman of Asiri Surgical Hospital PLC. He is a Director of Lanka Tiles PLC, Softlogic Holdings PLC , ODEL PLC, Lanka Walltiles PLC, ACL Cables PLC, Lanka Ceramic PLC, Swisstek (Ceylon) PLC and Swisstek Aluminium Pvt Ltd. Dr. Selliah is also the Chairman of JAT Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Cleanco Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Greensands (Pvt) Ltd and Vydexa (Lanka) Power Corporation (Pvt) Ltd. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Central Hospital (Pvt) Ltd. He has also served as a Senior Lecturer in the Medical faculty for many years. He also serves on the following Board Sub- Committees of some of the companies listed above as a member or Chairman: Human Resource and Remuneration Committee, Related party Transaction Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.

Director - Dilshan Rodrigo


Non-Executive Director

MBA (Cranfield University, UK) FCMA (UK), CGMA and FCCA (UK)

Chief Operating Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC, Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd, Guardian Acuity Asset Management Ltd and Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka. A senior banker with extensive experience in Retail Banking, Finance, Institutional Banking and Risk Management in leading local and foreign commercial banks operating in Sri Lanka. Elected Chairman for a two year period of the Asian Banker’s Policy Advocacy Committee, a forum for advancing the cause of banking and finance in the region and promoting regional co-operation. Served as Lecturer and Examiner for Strategic Management for the University of Wales affiliated MBA program in Sri Lanka, Guest Lecturer at Postgraduate Institute of Management and Director Certification Program at Sri Lanka institute of Directors. Has presented technical papers in various forums locally and overseas on Strategy, Business Transformation and Risk Management. A former President of ACCA Sri Lanka Division.

Director - Ravi Abeysuriya


Independent Non-Executive Director

CFA, FCMA (UK), CGMA, MBA (Monash University, Australia)

Ravi Abeysuriya is the Group Director of Candor Group, Director of Seylan Bank PLC, and Bio Foods (Pvt) Limited. Formerly, he was the Head of Strategic Business Development at Hayleys Group, Managing Director of Amba Research Lanka and Managing Director of Fitch Ratings Lanka. He functioned as a permanent member of the Financial Sector Reforms Committee (FSRC) and was twice appointed as a commission member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and was a Director of Sri Lanka Insurance (SLIC). He is the President of the Association of Alternative Financial Institutions and a member of the National Agenda Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Mr Abeysuriya has also functioned as a member of Board Risk Oversight Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and President of several finance and IT associations. He was named as “Lifetime Achievement” award laureate by CFA Institute, USA in 2017 for his outstanding work and dedication to the investment management profession.

Director - Damien Fernando

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

FCIMA (UK), MBA (Sri Jayawardenapura)

An old boy of St. Peter’s College, Colombo and Royal College, Colombo, Mr. Fernando is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of United Kingdom and is a qualified Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants of Sri Lanka and obtained a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
Mr. Fernando has held many key positions in several sectors including Finance, Life and General Insurance and has positions on the Boards of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited, Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka, Lanka Hospital Corporation PLC, Melstacorp PLC, Pelwatte Sugar PLC and National Asset Management Limited. Presently Mr. Fernando is a member of the Boards of the Hatton National Bank PLC, HealthCey Private Limited and Addison Private Limited.

Director - Stuart Chapman

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

MBA (University of Colombo), FCIM, UK, Member of CMA, Dip. in Marketing, Dip. in Life Insurance Sales and Marketing (Life Underwriters Training Council, USA), Dip. in Business Management (NIBM)

Mr. Chapman holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Colombo and a Diploma in Marketing UK. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He has also obtained a Diploma in Life Insurance Sales and Marketing from the Life Underwriters Training Council, USA. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Management, UK. He is a Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia and holds a Diploma in Business Management from the National Institute of Business Management, Sri Lanka.
With over 38 years of professional experience in industries including Insurance, Merchant Banking, FMCG, Healthcare and telecommunications, Mr. Chapman has held several key positions. He has served Janashakthi Insurance PLC in the capacity of Director/CEO and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals as Managing Director, Lanka Orix Leasing Company in the capacity of Managing Director, Hemas Healthcare Sector as Managing Director, Reckitt Benckiser as Marketing Director and Unilever Sri Lanka as a senior Brand Manager. He has been on the Boards of Ceylinco Insurance Co. Limited, Seylan Merchant Bank, Glaxo Wellcome Ceylon Limited, SmithKline Beecham Private Limited, Lanka Orix Leasing Company Limited and currently serves on the Boards of Hemas Pharmaceuticals Private Limited and United Motors Lanka PLC.
In addition, he has held several positions in industry including that of Honorary President and Founding Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Sri Lanka Region, President of the Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry and Co-Chairman of the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Company Secretary - Sitari Jayasundara


Company Secretary

Attorney-at-Law & Notary Public, MBA (PIM-USJ), Pg. Adv. Dip (Finance, Banking and Insurance Laws)

Presently works as Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance Limited. She counts over 19 years’ experience in the legal profession and heading the Legal and Company Secretarial Division of HNB Assurance PLC for over 9 years. She is the current Chairperson of the Legal Advisory Forum (LAF) of the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL). Prior to joining HNB Assurance PLC, Sitari Served as legal officer and company secretary of Delmege Group of Companies and Director – Businessmate (Pvt) Limited, the Corporate Secretarial arm of Baker Tilly Edirisinghe & Company, Chartered Accountants.