Board of Directors

Mr Nilanth De Silva

Chairman
(Non-Executive / Independent Director)

Diploma in Banking (Chartered Institute of Bankers, London, UK)

Appointed Director in April 2015. Mr A N de Silva counts over 40 years of experience in commercial banking. He successfully completed the final examinations of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London, in 1978 and was consequently elected an Associate of such Institute. 

He functioned as the Chief Operating Officer of Union Bank of Colombo PLC from which he retired after 11 & 1/2 years’ service, on 31 March 2015. He was also its Acting Chief Executive Officer for approximately 2 years between 2008 & 2010.

Prior to joining Union Bank, he was with Hatton National Bank for 29 years up to August 2003 and was Deputy General Manager - Corporate Banking and a member of all key Committees. He played a leading role in establishing HNB's Credit Risk Division & also compiled the Bank's Credit Manual. He has received extensive training and exposure in banking & management both locally & overseas at institutions such as Dresdner Bank, Germany, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune, India, Centre for Financial Engineering in Development, Washington DC USA, Monash University Mt. Eliza Campus, Melbourne, Australia. He also participated in a study tour of the South African Banking System with the Institute of Bankers, South Africa.

Mr de Silva was also actively involved in HNB's take-over of Indosuez Bank & Habib Bank AG Zurich.

He is a Director of Malwatte Valley Plantation PLC and Holco (Ceylon) (Private) Ltd. He is also a past Director of Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd and an alternate Director of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka.

Mr Jonathan Alles

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer
(Executive Director)

M.B.A. Finance (Stirling),
A.I.B. Sri Lanka

Appointed an Executive Director on 1st May 2013 and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer on 1st July 2013.

Mr Jonathan Alles holds a MBA from the University of Stirling, U.K. and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka. He counts 30 years of banking experience having served International Banks and HSBC, Sri Lanka and also at Hatton National Bank during the period September 2002 to June 2005. Having returned to Sri Lanka from the UAE in September 2010, Mr Alles re-joined Hatton National Bank in the capacity of Chief Operating Officer.

Mr Alles is the Chairman of Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd, Lanka Ventures PLC, LVL Energy Fund and HNB Grameen Finance Ltd. He serves as a Director of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr Alles is a Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Directors & also serves as a Member of the Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Business & Biodiversity Platform.

 

Mr Amal Cabraal

Director
(Non-Executive / Independent Director)

Chartered Marketer – FCIM (U.K.), MBA – University of Colombo, Alumnus – INSEAD - France

Appointed Director in April 2014.
Amal Cabraal is the former Chairman and CEO of Unilever Sri Lanka. He has over 3 decades of business experience in general management, marketing and sales in Sri Lanka and overseas. He is an alumnus of INSEAD-France and holds a MBA from the University of Colombo. A Chartered Marketer by profession and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing – UK. He is presently the Non-Executive Chairman of the CIC Feeds Group of companies and serves as an independent non-executive Director of John Keells Holdings PLC, Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC, Silvermill Investment Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and the Supervisory Board of Associated Motorways Ltd. He is a committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Management Committee of the Mercantile Services Provident Society.

Mr Damien Fernando

Director
(Non-Executive/Non-Independent)

FCIMA (UK), MBA (Sri Jayawardenapura)

Appointed Director in October 2018. Mr Fernando is a Fellow member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of United Kingdom and was awarded a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura in 1992. 

Mr Fernando is a Director of Addison (Pvt) Ltd and HealthCey (Pvt) Ltd. He has held Board and other positions in several sectors including Finance, Life & General Insurance, Assets management & Unit Trusts, Management of healthcare, food & beverages, manufacturing and in retail.

Mr Fernando served as a non-executive Director in the HNB board from April 2012 to March 2017. He has also served as the executive Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd from year 2003 - 2009. He was a Director of Distilleries Co. of Sri Lanka PLC from February 2006 - December 2008. Mr Fernando also served in the Director boards of Lanka Hospitals Corp. PLC (Sept.2006 - June 2009 and May 2009 - June 2016), Melstacorp PLC (June 2010 - Dec. 2011), Pelwatte Sugar PLC (April 2011 - Nov. 2011) and National Asset management Ltd (Sept.2007 - April 2010).

Mr Fernando is an alumni of Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, St. Peter's College, Colombo 4 and Royal College, Colombo 7.

Mr Madu Ratnayake

Director
(Non-Executive/Independent)

B.Eng (Hons) (London), MBA (Sri Jayawardenapura), Dip.in Computer System Design (NIBM Sri Lanka)

Appointed Director in October 2018. Mr Ratnayake is a Chartered Engineer and he is the Group CIO and the Center Head for Virtusa Sri Lanka. 

Mr Ratnayake has over 20 years' experience in IT, digital transformation, project & service delivery. He has experience in large scale business transformation program design and execution, driving corporate innovation, cyber security, solution architecture, customer support, consultancy and general management in UK, USA, Australia, India and Sri Lanka. He has delivered multi-million dollar projects to Fortune 1000 companies with geographically spread software teams.

He is a founder director and former Chairman of Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM), the industry body for IT and BPM in Sri Lanka and the Chairman of Sarvodaya Fusion, the ICT4D arm of Sarvodaya, the largest NGO in Sri Lanka; He represents the IT industry on the boards of several leading universities/Institutions.

Mr Ratnayake holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management and a First Class Honors Degree in Software Engineering from City University in London.

Mr Devaka Cooray

Director
(Non-Executive/Independent)

FCA (SL), FCMA (UK)

Appointed Director in July 2020. Mr Cooray is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom.

He has worked with Ernst & Young for over 40 years of which 30 years was as a Senior Assurance and Talent Partner. He functioned as the Deputy Managing Partner from 2016 to 2019 and served as a member of Ernst & Young’s Management Committee from the time the Management Committee was established in 1998 until his retirement in 2019. Mr Cooray was instrumental in establishing the Ernst & Young Practice in the Republic of Maldives in 1995 and functioned as the Partner responsible for the overall management of the Maldivian Practice from its inception. He represented Sri Lanka and Maldives for a number of years in the EY ASEAN Regional Partner Forum. He was seconded to EY USA for a year, where practical experience was gained by being part of assurance teams that performed audit engagements on several large enterprises.

Mr Cooray also spearheaded the Ernst and Young Sri Lanka/ Maldives Family Business Centre for Excellence which was instrumental in sending several eminent second generation family members to business schools worldwide. He has also served as a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK.

Mr Cooray is the Managing Director of Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd and also serves as a Director of Life Insurance Corporation (Lanka) Ltd.

Mr Dilshan Rodrigo

Chief Operating Officer
(Executive Director)

MBA (UK), FCCA (UK), FCMA (UK) 

Appointed an Executive Director in July 2020. Mr Rodrigo is the Chief Operating Officer of HNB PLC with over 18 years’ experience in the field of banking presently providing administrative leadership to Finance, Credit, Operations, Risk Management, Banking Services, Compliance and Internal Audit. He is overseeing the cross functional teams involved in improving governance and compliance by serving in several Board and Management committees in the Bank.

Mr Rodrigo has held many senior positions in multiple industries ranging from banking, insurance, investment banking and apparel. He is a Director of HNB Assurance PLC, Guardian Acuity Management, Sithma Development Ltd and Credit Information Bureau. He played a catalyst role in the Bank’s transformation and cultural change by being the driving force towards centralization, automation, outsourcing and process improvement initiatives and recognized for driving a performance culture through training and talent acquisition and introducing several breakthrough cost optimization initiatives. He possesses a wealth of experience encompassing both the retail business and support functions as deputy to the CEO. He has also been providing leadership to Bank’s Recoveries vertical since early 2019.

Mr Rodrigo serves on the councils of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) and as the Chairman Policy Advocacy Committee of Asian Bankers Association (Taiwan) during 2011/12 and 2019/20. He has served on local councils of CIMA, ACCA and Risk Professional Forum the latter two as President for two year terms.

He has served as a lecturer and examiner on various undergraduate (CIMA, ACCA) and postgraduate programs (PIM and University of Wales MBA programs) for over a decade and SLID as Lecturer Director Certification Program – Risk Management and Corporate Responsibility Modules. Also a presenter on technical papers in various forums locally and overseas on Strategy, Business Transformation and Risk Management.

Mrs Aruni Goonetilleke

Director
(Non-Executive)

LLM (USA), LLB (SL)

Appointed Director in April 2021.  Mrs Goonetilleke is a financial services expert with over twenty-five years of experience in regional financial markets. She has a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School, Harvard University, USA and a Bachelors in Law (Honours) from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.

She has extensive experience in enterprise risk management, credit, audit and business origination and has held leadership positions in local and international Banks. Her last role was Head of Corporate Banking at People’s Bank, where she was responsible for a large portfolio of public and private sector clients. Immediately prior to that, she was the Head of Credit for Commercial Banking, at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore. She has also held the positions of Head of Credit for SME at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore, Chief Risk Officer, Standard Chartered Bank, Sri Lanka and Global Audit roles in Wholesale and Retail Bank and distressed assets management at Standard Chartered Bank Singapore.

Mrs Goonetilleke was a visiting lecturer in law at the University of Colombo. She is on the Boards of several public listed companies in Sri Lanka.

Mr Osman Chandrawansa

Director
(Non-Executive / Independent)

MSc (UK), BTI (SL), Dip. In Money & Banking (UK)

Appointed Director in April 2021. Mr Chandrawansa served as the Controller of Exchange in Central Bank of Sri Lanka from 2009 to 2014 till his retirement. He holds a Master of Science degree in Banking and Finance and a postgraduate Diploma in Money and Banking from the University of Birmingham U K.

Mr Chandrawansa had a long term service in the Central Bank starting from the year 1975. During his tenure he has held the positions in the Central Banks’ EPF Department, Matara Regional Office, International Operations Department, Economic Research Department as a Senior Economist, Domestic Operations Department, Financial System Stability Department, Department of Supervision on non-Bank financial institutions and the Exchange Control Department. He had received extensive training in banking & finance both internationally and locally. Mr Chandrawnasa also served in the Ex-officio office of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority as a Director ex-officio from August 2009 to September 2014.

Mr Chandrawansa has published papers on foreign exchange forward market in Sri Lanka and Measures for Development, Feasibility of Inflation Targeting in Sri Lanka and empirical studies of the exchange rate volatility after the floatation of the Rupee and its implications for the Economy. He has contributed his knowledge in the capacity of a member of the Central Banks’ Financial Stability Committee, Study Team on Inflation Targeting for Sri Lanka and Annual Reports Perpetration Committee from time to time. He is a regular writer to the weekly papers published in the Island as well.

Dr Prasad Samarasinghe

Alternate Director to Mr Damien Fernando – Director, HNB PLC
(Non-Executive / Non-Independent Director)

PhD (Australia), MEng (Sri Lanka), BSc. (Eng.) Hons (Sri Lanka)

Appointed as alternate Director in July 2019. Dr Samarasinghe is also a Director of Hayleys Fibre PLC, serving in its Board from September 2017.

Dr Samarasinghe is the Managing Director/Director of Lanka Bell (Pvt) Ltd from July 2005 and also the Managing Director of Telecom Frontier (Pvt) Ltd and Bell Solutions (Pvt) Ltd from September 2008. He is a Doctor of Philosophy in Telecommunications - Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and holds a Master of Engineering Degree from University of Moratuwa. He is a recipient of First Class Honours of B.Sc (Eng) in Electronics & Telecommunications – University of Moratuwa. Dr Samarasinghe is a Licentiate of Part I & Part II of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, holding the best results in Financial Accounting, Business Mathematics, Statistics and Data Processing in the year 1991.

Dr Samarasinghe was holding the position as the Systems Engineer (Data Communications) at Electroteks (Pvt) Ltd from September 1996 to June 1998. Thereafter, he joined the Commercial Bank of Ceylon and served as Manager/Communications Engineer till January 2001, Chief Manager IT from 2001 to May 2002 prior to became the Head of IT in May 2002 till September 2003. He was the Deputy General manager (ICT) of Sri Lanka Insurance from 2003 to July 2005. Dr Samarasinghe had been a Director – E-Channelling (Pvt) Ltd from September 2004 to June 2009 and became the Chief Operating Officer (support services) of Sri Lanka Insurance in July 2005 and served till 2008 March. He was the Managing Director of Bellvantage (Pvt) Ltd from September 2008 to December 2011.

Dr Samarasinghe is holding a professional membership as a Board Director of TRACE and LK Domain Registry and was a council member of CSSL (2015 -2016), FITIS (2015-2018) and a General council member of SLASSCOM from 2015 – 2016.

Mr Prawira Rimoe Saldin

Independent/Non-Executive Director
Appointed: April 2021

FCA (Sri Lanka), FCMA (UK), CMA (Australia)

Appointed as a Director in April 2021. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, an associate of Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of London and a Certified Management Accountant Australia.

Mr Saldin has over 30 years of experience in Finance, Operations and General Management.  He is presently the Director/CEO of Polypak Secco Ltd, a Director of Paints & General Industries Ltd and Polytex Properties and Investments Ltd.  He is also the Chairman of Chemanex PLC and a Director of CIC Holdings PLC and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of companies in the CIC Group. 

Mr. Saldin is an alumni of the Asia Institute of Management. 

Mr. Saldin has served as the Commercial Director and Group Finance Director of CIC Holdings PLC for the period 1995-2005. He was the Country Controller & Group Finance Director for Shell Sri Lanka for the period 2005-2010 and also the Group Chief Operating Officer, Browns Group of Companies PLC and the Managing Director of Browns Investments PLC from 2010-2014.

Mrs K A L Thushari Ranaweera

Company Secretary

Attorney at Law, Master's Degree in Law (LLM) - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Diploma in International Affairs - Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka.

Appointed Company Secretary on 2nd January 2012, She is also the Deputy General Manager - Legal of the Bank. Mrs Ranaweera joined the Bank on 7th October 2010 and counts over 23 years of experience in the field of Banking. She holds a Master’s of Law Degree from the University of Cambridge, U.K.

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