Chairperson / Non-Executive Director

Rose Cooray

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

Appointed as the Chairperson on 06th July 2015. Mrs. Rose Cooray, having served the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for over 35 years retired as the Deputy Governor and counts over 47 years of experience in the financial sector. She is the Chairperson of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC, Ceylon Investment PLC and HNB General Insurance Limited and a Director of Guardian Capital Partners PLC. She functioned as Director of Hatton National Bank PLC for nine years and retired in 2019. During this period, she also functioned as a Director of HNB Finance Limited and as the Chairperson of Sithma Development (Pvt) Limited for five years.    

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 six years and represented the Government on the Boards of DFCC Bank, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka Telecom, 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 facilities with multilateral donors/bilateral trade agreements. She has contributed papers to professional journals.

Independent/Non-Executive Director

Mahendra Jayasekera

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. Past President of Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council and past Chairman of CÔ Limited, a public private partnership between the Sri Lanka Ceramics and Glass Council and the Industrial Technology Institute.

Director of LWL Development (Pvt) Limited, Beyond Paradise Collection Limited, Uni Dil Packaging Limited and Uni Dil Packaging Solutions Limited.

Non-Independant/Non-Executive Director

Siromi Wickramasinghe

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 34 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 a Director of Sri Lanka Banks’ Association Gtee Ltd.

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr. Sivakumar Selliah

(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.

Non-Executive Director

Dilshan Rodrigo

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

Chief Operating Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC and Director of HNB General Insurance Ltd, 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 cooperation. 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.


Independent Non-Executive Director

Ravi Abeysuriya

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.

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Damien Fernando

FCMA (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.

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Stuart Chapman

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.

Alternate Director - Non-Independant / Non-Executive Director

Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe

B.Sc. (Eng) - University of Moratuwa, M.Sc. (Eng) -
University of Moratuwa.

Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe is the Managing Director of Lanka Bell Ltd. In addition, he holds the position of Managing Director of Bell Active (Pvt.) Ltd. and Bell Solutions (Pvt.) Ltd, Director of DCSL Brewery (Pvt) Ltd of and the Directorships of three non-profit organisations, LK Domain registry, TRACE and Information and Communication Technology Industry Skills Council (ICTSC).

He obtained his Doctorate in Telecommunications from the world ranked research university, the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Dr. Samarasinghe holds a B.Sc. (Eng) Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications with First Class Honors and a M.Sc. in Engineering, both from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. A member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), he also has a Licentiate (Parts I and II) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka with the island’s best results in Financial Accounting, Business Mathematics, Statistics and Data Processing. In the past, Dr. Samarasinghe held the posts of Chief Operating Officer at Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd., Head of Information Technology at Commercial Bank PLC and Director of e-Channelling PLC.

Chief Legal Officer, Board Secretary & Compliance Officer

Sitari Jayasundara

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.

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