Mr. Fernando was appointed as a Non-Executive, Non-Independent Chairman to the Board of People’s Leasing and Finance PLC on the 8th of April 2015. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Special), and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism UK, as well as a Fellow of the British Institute of Management. Mr. Fernando brings a wealth of experience to the Board, having held many senior government positions, including service as the Secretary to the Prime Minister, Advisor to the President on Sports and as Secretary to the Minister of Postal Services. He served as a Commander of the Navy and was also the President of the South Asian Olympics Council, the National Archery Association as well as the Vice President of the National Olympic Committee and the National Rifle Association of Sri Lanka. He has also previously served as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom Limited, Sri Lanka Telecom Services Limited, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited and the Independent Television Network Limited (ITN).
Mr. Fernando is currently the President of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, the President of the Sri Lanka Archery Association, the Vice-President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (Asia Region), the Vice-President of the Olympic Council of Asia and the Vice-President of the Association of Portuguese Speaking National Olympic Committees (ACOLOP). He is also the Honorary Consul for the Kyrgyz Republic in Sri Lanka. He serves as the Chairman of People’s Bank, People’s Leasing Havelock Properties Limited and People’s Merchant Finance PLC. He is a Director of People’s Leasing Property Development Limited and People’s Leasing Fleet Management Limited.
Mr. Michael Pradeep Amirthanayagam
Mr. Amirthanayagam was appointed as a Non-Executive, Independent Deputy Chairman/ Senior Independent Director to the Board on the 8th of April 2015. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and an Associate of Trinity College London Speech and Drama. He was previously a CNN correspondent for Sri Lanka, having also worked as a news presenter for Rupavahini, ITN and the SLBC, as an interviewer and cricket commentator and also having served as President of the Rotary Club of Colombo West.
Mr. Amirthanayagam is currently the Managing Director of Holmes, Pollard and Stott – a leading advertising agency – Vice President of the Society for the Upliftment and Rehabilitation of Leprosy Affected Persons (SUROL) and a Director of the Anura Bandaranaike Foundation and People’s Merchant Finance PLC.
Mr. Jehan Prasanna Amaratunga
Appointed as a Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director to the Board on the 8th of April 2015, Mr. Amaratunga is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) and of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK (FCMA) and has over 32 years of extensive experience in finance and management. He was a member of the Governing Council of ICASL and of the University of Colombo and amongst his many achievements, has presented a paper titled "Value for Money Accounting" at the National Conference of the ICASL in 1987.
Mr. Amaratunga is currently the Chairman of People’s Insurance PLC, the Group Executive Deputy Chairman of MTD Walkers PLC Sri Lanka, a leading infrastructure development company listed on the Main Board of the Colombo Stock Exchange and a Director of People’s Bank, JAT Holdings (Pvt) Limited and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT).
Mr. Goluhewage Bindu Rasitha Poojitha Gunawardana
Appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director on the 29th August, Mr. Gunawardana is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and has held leading positions in various sectors including Finance, Performance Management, Corporate and Commercial Credit, Treasury Operations, Credit Control and Risk Management at People’s Bank. Prior to joining People’s Bank, he gained experience in both the private and public sectors in industries ranging from Travel and Hotel to Plantation Management and Construction. He is currently the Deputy General Manager of Risk Management at People’s Bank as well as a Director of People’s Leasing Fleet Management Limited.
Mr. Johnson Anthony Fernando
Mr. Fernando was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive, Independent Director on the 8th of April 2015. While having held many positions of seniority within the Expo Industrial Group, he also served as the President of the Sri Lanka Association of Printers and as the Vice-President of the Sri Lanka-China Business Council Cooperation.
He is currently a Director of Expo Cargo Links (Pvt) Limited, Shore to Shore (Pvt) Limited, Expo Industrial Engineering (Pvt) Limited, Expo Regional Holdings (Pvt) Limited and People’s Merchant Finance PLC, while also serving on the Advisory Board of the Benedict XVI Cultural Institute.
Mr. Mohamed Anise Mohamed Rizwan
Appointed to the Board on the 8th of April 2015 as a Non-Executive, Independent Director, Mr. Rizwan is a Doctoral Candidate in Business Administration (DBA) at the University of Wales and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wales along with a Diploma in Business Management. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and a Certified Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. He has previously held senior positions in PLCs, including the posts of Group Vice-President of Marketing, Group Head of Marketing, Head of Marketing and Manager of Business Development/ Marketing and Corporate Communications.
At present. Mr. Rizwan is the Chief Officer of Strategy at Marcom and New Business Ventures of LIMRA Holdings. He is a lecturer and examiner for undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by Northwood University, in Marketing, Strategic Planning, New Business Ventures, Business Ethics and Consumer Behaviour and is also a Dissertation Supervisor for the MBA Programme of the same University.
Prof. Kennedy D Gunawardena
Prof. Dr. Kennedy D Gunawardena is Professor of Accounting Information Systems at the department of Accounting, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. In addition to being the professor of Accounting in his department, He is the chairman of the Board of studies and Coordinator of the PhD in management program of Management, faculty of Management studies and commerce in the same university. He teaches Cost and Management Accounting, Accounting Information Systems, Artificial Neural Networks for Accounting and Research Methodology in Accounting and finance for the undergraduates and Postgraduates students. Professor Gunawardana worked in several public sector and private sector organization as chairman and presently, he is board member of the post graduate institute of Sri Jayewardenepura (PIM) and member of the syndicate committee of Institute of Human Resource Advancement, University of Colombo (IHRS).
Prof. Gunawardena is the first Sri Lankan who made link with Artificial Intelligence to the Field of accounting and Finance for Corporate sector predictions, he has developed new course unit called, artificial neural network for accounting and it is very popular course among the university students today. Prof. Gunawardena is working as a Visiting faculty member of the University of Moratuwa, University of Kalaniya and University of Colombo in their MBA programme in the area of Accounting, Management Information systems and Research methodology. With over 100 research articles published in refereed conferences proceedings, numerous other papers and monographs, 6 text books in English and 3 books in Sinhala, 2 chapters of the International books come under his credentials. Prof. Gunawardena ranks in the top number one in teaching, training and research in the field of Academia. At the moment he is serving as senior professor of Accounting Information systems in University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Sri Lanka
Mr. N.W.A.M.U.K.K.E. Weerasinghe, former Director of Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (from 1993 – 2008), is currently the Managing Director of Upcountry Manpower Employment Agency Pvt Ltd, Hampstead International Educational Institute Pvt Ltd, Director of UMA Enterprises Pvt Ltd and Upcountry Travel & Tours Pvt Ltd. He is also the Chief Organizer and Secretary of Professionals’ Organization for Democracy, Director National Engineering Research and Development Centre of Sri Lanka, as well as Chairman and Secretary of D.B. Wijetunga foundation, former President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Weerasinghe has an extensive experience in foreign employment and recruitment of more than 30 years, being well aware of the market and the socio – economic environment and development of the country. As the Chairman of D.B. Wijetunga foundation, he was involved in many charitable activities, and he is strongly committed to the welfare of the Sri Lankan people and the principles of democracy.
Mr. Weerasinghe holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from the University of Colombo.
Ms. Lakmini Dilrukshi Kottegoda
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