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Mr. Mahawaduge Yasalal Aravinda Perera Chairman (Non-Executive Non- Independent)
Mr. Aravinda Perera retired as the Managing Director of Sampath Bank PLC on 12th September 2016 and has over 30 years of experience in the Banking Sector and was appointed as an Independent Non Executive Director of Hayleys PLC with effect from 12th September 2016 and was appointed as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Hayleys PLC. Mr. Perera has also been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Hayleys Industrial Solutions (Pvt) Ltd and Fentons Limited respectively.
He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) (FCMA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers -Sri Lanka (FIB) and holds an MBA from the Post Graduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura and being a Chartered Engineer (C. Eng) is a member of the Institute of Engineers (Sri Lanka) (MIESL), as well.
He was appointed as the Chairman of Siyapatha Finance PLC with effect from 7th October 2016. Presently, he serves as a Director of SC Securities (Private) Limited which is a subsidiary of Sampath Bank PLC. He represents Sampath Bank as a Director of Lanka Bangla Finance Limited in Bangladesh and serves as a Director of Colombo Stock Exchange.
Mr. Aravinda Perera was honoured with the “CEO Leadership Achievement Award 2016” by the Asian Banker and was also the recipient of the prestigious “Platinum Honors-2014” award, awarded by the Postgraduate Institute of Management Alumni (PIMA) of Sri Jayawardenapura University.
Mr. Aravinda Perera served Sampath Bank as an Executive Director and as a member of many Board sub committees during his tenure at Sampath Bank.
Mr. Mohan Asoka Abeynaike Deputy Chairman (Non-Executive Independent)
Mr. Abeynaike was a Director of Sampath Bank PLC from July 1995 to December 2011. He was the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a member of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka. Mr. Abeynaike has been Chairman/Director of several Companies and public sector organizations. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Mr. Abeynaike was appointed as a Director of Siyapatha Finance PLC on 28th March 2012.
He is the Chairman of the Integrated Risk Management Committee and a member of the Board Credit Committee, Board Audit Committee and Board Related Party Transactions Review Committee.
Mr. Abeynaike currently serves as the Chairman of Asia Pacific Investments (Private) Ltd and Senior Director of Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC.
Mr. Saman Herath Managing Director (Executive)
Mr. Saman Herath is an experienced banker with 35 years’ worth of experience. Beginning his banking career at Commercial Bank in 1981, he later joined Sampath Bank PLC as an Executive in the Finance Division in 1987. Mr. Herath worked his way up the proverbial ladder of the bank’s hierarchy until he reached the position of Senior Deputy General Manager of Corporate Banking from which he retired in June 2015.
He later went on to take up the position of Head of Branches at Nations Trust Bank. He was also a Director of Sampath Information Technology Systems Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Sampath Bank and a Director of Lanka Swift User Group (Guarantee) Ltd.
A result oriented person, Mr. Herath contributed largely to the development of Sampath Bank. He was appointed as Managing Director of Siyapatha Finance PLC with effect from 5th April 2016.
He is a member of the Board Credit Committee, Board Related Party Transactions Review Committee and Board Corporate Governance Committee.
He is a fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts of UK (FCMA, UK) as well as the Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). Mr. Herath is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka and holds a number of qualifications including, a Diploma in Credit Management from the Institute of Bankers, a Certificate in Asset and Liability Management from the Postgraduate Institute of Management and has also completed a number of courses in General and Strategic Management conducted by institutions such as The National University of Singapore.
Mr. Sunil Gamini Wijesinha Director (Non-Executive Independent)
Mr. Sunil Wijesinha is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Management Accountant FCMA (UK) and has a MBA from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He counts vast experience in the fields of industry, finance and management consultancy, spanning both the public and private sectors in Sri Lanka. He has served on the boards of Directors of many state organizations and public and private companies including Sri Lankan Airlines Limited, MILCO, Colombo Dockyard, Sri Lanka Standards Institution, State Plantations Corporation, National Institute of Plantation Management, Maturata Plantations Limited and Asiri Surgical Hospitals PLC. He is the former Chairman and Managing Director of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC.
Mr. Wijesinha was appointed to the Board of Siyapatha Finance PLC on 22nd October 2008 and he is a member of Board Audit Committee, Board Corporate Governance Committee and Board Related Party Transactions Review Committee of Siyapatha Finance PLC.
His experience in the financial services sector includes having been on the Boards of Sampath Bank PLC (as Deputy Chairman), National Development Bank PLC (as Chairman), Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka PLC (as Managing Director), Employees’ Trust Fund Board (as Chairman), Merchant Credit of Sri Lanka (as Chairman), Lanka Securities (Pvt) Limited, DNH Financial (Private) Limited and DFCC Vardhana Bank PLC.
Mr. Wijesinha has specialized in Industrial Engineering/ Productivity and is a well-known proponent of Japanese style management.
Mr. Wijesinha currently serves as the Chairman of Watawala Plantations PLC and United Motors Lanka PLC, Director of BizEx Consulting (Private) Limited and Sampath Centre Limited, He is the Immediate Past President of the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and Immediate Past Chairman of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.
Mr. Channa Prabodha Palansuriya Director (Non-Executive Non-Independent)
Mr. Channa Palansuriya has over 30 years of experience in the apparel sector by heading the Orit Group of Companies. He has provided extensive and continuous leadership to other companies in the apparel industry. He has gained wide experience in Government Administration by being a Board member of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) during 2005 – 2015. He has won awards such as Asia Pacific Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award in 2013, Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the year in 2002 and the Silver Award of the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka for the Garment Extra Large category in 2012.
He served as the Chairman of Siyapatha Finance PLC till October, 2016 and he was a Board Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Textile & Apparel, Chairman of Apparel Exporters' Association 200 gfp during 2006-2008 and Chairman of GC Lanka Clothing (Pvt) Limited till 2013.
Currently he serves as the Chairman of Sampath Bank PLC, Chairman of Style-Kraft Sportswear (Pvt) Limited (Canada), Deputy Chairman of National Livestock Development Board, Director of Orit Apparels Lanka (Pvt) Limited, Orit Trading Lanka (Pvt) Limited and Orit Retail Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Executive Committee member of Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), Apparel Exporters Association gfp and Sri Lanka Apparel Sourcing Association (SLASA).
Mr. Parakrama Maithri Asoka Sirimane Director (Non-Executive Independent)
Mr. Sirimane is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds a MBA with Distinction from the University of Swinburne, Victoria, Australia.
He has held several key corporate positions, including the positions of Chief Financial Officer of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Mercantile Leasing Limited.
He was appointed as a Director to the Board of Siyapatha Finance PLC on 3rd August 2010. He is the Chairman of Board Audit Committee, Board Corporate Governance Committee and Board Related Party Transaction Review Committee and is a member of the Integrated Risk Management Committee and Board HR/Remuneration Committee of Siyapatha Finance PLC.
He currently serves as a Director/Chief Financial Officer of E.B Creasy & Co PLC and some of its Subsidiaries.
Dr. Hennedige Srinath Dilanjan Soysa Director (Senior, Non-Executive Independent)
Dr. Soysa obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) with first class honours in Chemistry from the University of Ceylon, Colombo and Masters (M.A) and Doctoral Degrees (PhD) in Chemistry from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
Dr. Soysa started his working career as an Executive Officer at Grindlays Bank PLC. He has held several key corporate positions which include Management Consultant, Development Financial Corporation of Ceylon Limited and Citi Bank. In the field of leasing, he was involved in starting operations in 1983 at Mercantile Lloyds Leasing Limited from where he retired as Deputy Managing Director in 2000. He then joined Commercial Leasing Company Limited as General Manager/CEO in 2002 and served in that position until his retirement in 2010.
He was appointed to the Board of Siyapatha Finance PLC as a Director on 01st January 2011 and holds the Chairmanship of the Board Credit Committee and memberships in the Board Audit Committee, Integrated Risk Management Committee and HR/Remuneration Committee.
Currently he serves as a Director of STK Engineering (Private) Limited, STK Developers (Private) Limited, STK Properties (Private) Limited, STK Quickshaws (Private) Limited, Shalsri Investments (Private) Limited and Packserve (Private) Limited.
Mr. Watuthanthrige Mahiman Prasantha Lal De Alwis Director (Non-Executive Non-Independent)
Mr. Alwis was a Director of Sampath Bank from January 2002 to January 2011. He continues to be an Advisor to the Board of Sampath Bank since January 2011. Mr. Alwis has been an attorney-at-law since 1983 and holds LL.B and LL.M in Law from University of Colombo. He was a former State Counsel at the Attorney General’s Department and was appointed as a President Counsel in November 2012. He is also an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK.
Mr. Alwis was appointed to the Board on 25th February 2011. He is the Chairman of HR & Remuneration Committee and holds memberships of Integrated Risk Management Committee, Board Corporate Governance Committee and Board Related Party Transaction Review Committee of Siyapatha Finance PLC.
He was a member of the Consumer Affairs Authority, Board of Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Agency and Official Language Commission in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Alwis is a Certified National Trainer in Human Resource Management of the Junior Chamber International and visiting lecturer of Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, including subjects of Banking in LL.M Programme and Sri Lanka Law College. He currently serves as a Director of Softlogic Holdings and Coral Sands Hotel (Pvt) Ltd. He was appointed as Honorary Consul of Seychelles in Sri Lanka in October 2013. He is also a Member of Board of Management Centre for Human Right Development- University of Colombo.
Mr. Lasith Tharaka Ranwala Director (Non-Executive Non-Independent)
Mr. Ranwala is a Deputy General Manager of Sampath Bank PLC responsible for overseeing the areas of Marketing, Deposit Management, Development Banking, City & Commercial Credit and Business development. Mr. Ranwala is also the Overall Pillar Head for the CSR activities of the Bank. He has over 15 years’ experience in the Banking Industry in roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing & Retail Banking. During this period he had stints in Brand Management, Corporate communications, Market Development, CSR, Consumer and International Marketing.
Mr. Ranwala is a Fellow of CIM (UK) and a member of SLIM. He possesses a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (CIM – UK) and is a Chartered Marketer. He is also a Certified Professional Marketer (CPM) of the Asia Pacific Marketing Federation. He has won numerous awards both locally and internationally which includes the "Brand Leadership Award in 2006" and the `Marketing Professional of the year in 2014’ at the CMO ASIA Global Brand Excellence Awards. Mr. Ranwala is the Vice President of the International Advertising Association (IAA) Sri Lanka and also a Board Member of the CSR Sri Lanka (Guarantee) Limited, which is the apex body for promoting CSR initiatives in Sri Lanka.
Mr. Ranwala was appointed as a Director to the Board of Siyapatha Finance PLC on 28th July, 2015 and he is a Member of Board Credit Committee.