Board of Directors

ARUNI GOONETILLEKE

Chairperson
(Independent / Non-Executive)
LLM (USA), LLB (SL)

Appointed Director: April 2021
Chairperson: September 2021

 

Skills & Experience:

Aruni Goonetilleke is a financial services expert with over twenty-five years of experience in regional financial markets. She has extensive experience in enterprise risk management, credit, audit and business origination and has held leadership positions in local and international Banks.

She has a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, USA and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. She has been a visiting lecturer in law at the Faculty of Law and lectured in Gender Studies at the Department of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo. She has a special interest in issues relating to Women’s Empowerment, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace.

She was appointed as a Director of the Bank on 1st April 2021 and was appointed as the Chairperson on 29th September 2021. At the time of her appointed as the Chairperson of the Bank Mrs Goonetilleke held the Chair of the Board Integrated Risk Management Committee of HNB PLC.

 

Other Current Appointments:

She currently holds the positions of Non-Executive / Independent Director of Tea Small Holder Factories Plc, Softlogic Finance Plc, Goodhope Asia Holdings Ltd and Eswaran Brothers Exports Pvt Limited.

 

Previous appointments

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 Banking at Standard Chartered Bank.

JONATHAN ALLES

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer
(Executive Director)
M.B.A. Finance (Stirling), A.I.B. Sri Lanka

Appointed: July 2013
Executive Director Appointed: May 2013

 

Skills & Experience:

An experienced banker counting over 35 years of Banking experience, having served in several international Banks including the National Bank of Abu-Dhabi, Saudi British Bank-Riyadh, British Bank of the Middle-East and HSBC, Dubai and Colombo, before taking on the reins at HNB. Holds an MBA from the University of Stirling, UK and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

 

Other Current Appointments:

Mr. Alles is a Director of the Sri Lanka Banks’ Association (SLBA). He is also a Director of the Asian Bankers Association (ABA) and serves as the Chairman of its Advisory Council.  He is also a member of Sri Lanka Institute of Directors.

Mr Alles is a dynamic Banker and a corporate leader; he has contributed to HNB’s macro development with the Bank now operating through 255 customer centres, using cutting edge technological platforms and enabling a new paradigm in Sri Lanka’s banking culture. Under his leadership, HNB has received recognition from numerous international and local institutions and continues to set new benchmarks in the Sri Lankan banking industry.

 

Previous appointments

He served on many Boards within the HNB Group as well as in the Banking Industry. He was the Chairman of Sri Lanka Banks’ Association (Guarantee) Ltd from 2014 to 2016 and in 2018, he was elected Chairman of Asian Bankers Association for the period 2018 to 2021. He also served as the Chairman of Financial Ombudsman Sri Lanka (Guarantee) Ltd, HNB Finance Plc, Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Ventures Plc, LVL Energy Fund and Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd. He served as the Vice Chairman of Banking, Financial & Insurance Services Group of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon.

Mr Alles was also a Director of Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd, HNB Assurance Plc, Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd, HNB General Insurance Ltd, Acuity Stock Brokers (Pvt) Ltd and Prime Grameen Micro Finance Ltd. He served as a member of the Main Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and was also a member of the Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Business & Biodiversity Platform.

AMAL CABRAAL

Director
(Independent / Non-Executive)
Chartered Marketer - FCIM (U.K.), MBA - University of Colombo, Alumnus - INSEAD - France

Appointed: April 2014

 

Skills & Experience:

Counts over four decades of business experience predominantly in a multinational corporation with leadership roles in General Management, Marketing and Customer Management in Sri Lanka and overseas. 

Is an Executive Education Alumnus of INSEAD - France and holds a MBA from the University of Colombo. A Marketer by profession and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing - U.K.

 

Other Current Appointments:

Mr. Cabraal is the Chairman of Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC and Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC and also the Chairman of Sunshine Holdings PLC, Silvermill Investment Holdings and CIC Feeds Group of Companies. He is also a Non-Executive Director of John Keells Holdings PLC and serves as a business advisor to a number of companies. He is a member of the Board of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Management committee of the Mercantile Services Provident Society.

 

Previous appointments

Chairman and CEO of Unilever Sri Lanka.

DAMIEN FERNANDO

Director
(Non Independent / Non-Executive Director)
FCIMA (UK), MBA (Sri Jayawardenapura)

Appointed: October 2018

 

Skills & Experience:

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. 

 

Other Current Appointments:

Mr. Fernando is a Director of Addison (Pvt) Ltd, HealthCey (Pvt) Ltd, HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance 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.

 

Previous appointments

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).

DR PRASAD SAMARASINGHE

Alternate Director to Mr Damien Fernando – Director, HNB PLC
(Non-Independent Director / Non-Executive)
PhD (Australia), MEng (Sri Lanka), BSc. (Eng.) Hons (Sri Lanka)

Appointed: July 2019

 

Skills & Experience:

Appointed as alternate Director in July 2019. Dr Prasad Samarasinghe holds a Doctorate in Telecommunications bestowed upon by Australian National University of Canberra. He achieved Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Telecommunications with a First Class from University of Moratuwa.

In addition, Dr Samarasinghe is a Licentiate of Part I and Part II of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the recipient of best achiever status from the Institute in Financial Accounting, Business Mathematics Statistics and Data Processing in the year 1991.

 

Other Current Appointments:

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.

Dr Samarasinghe is also a Director of Hayleys Fibre PLC, serving in its Board from September 2017, Director of DCSL Brewery (Pvt) Ltd and Techno Park Development Co (Pvt) Ltd. Dr Samarasinghe represents Mr Damien Fernando on the Boards of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance Ltd, as his alternate Director.

He is holding a professional membership as a Board Director of TRACE, ICTSC and is the Chairman of FITIS.

 

Previous appointments

Dr Samarasinghe was a Director of LK Domain Registry (2017 – 2019), a council member of CSSL (2015 -2016), and a General council member of SLASSCOM from 2015 – 2016.

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 becoming 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.

MADU RATNAYAKE

Director
(Independent / Non-Executive Director)
B.Eng (Hons) (London), MBA (Sri Jayawardenapura), Dip.in Computer System Design (NIBM Sri Lanka)

Appointed: October 2018

 

Skills & Experience:

A Chartered Engineer, he holds a MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (Sri Jayawardenapura), a First Class Honors Degree in Software Engineering from City University in London and Dip.in Computer System Design (NIBM) Sri Lanka.

Has over 20 years’ experience in IT, digital transformation, project and 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.

 

Other Current Appointments:

Mr Ratnayake is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Scybers (Pvt) Ltd, a global cybersecurity consulting and managed services company, an Independent/Non-Executive Director of Sri Lanka CERT (Pvt) Ltd, national cybersecurity agency, Director of Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), the National Agency for Digital Government and Director of HSenid Business Solutions (Pvt) Ltd, first listed software technology company in Sri Lanka.

He is also the 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.

 

Previous appointments

Mr. Ratnayake was the Executive Vice President / Global CIO and the Center Head for Virtusa Sri Lanka. He has also served as a Director of Sanasa Development Bank from December 2014 to January 2016 and Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology.

DEVAKA COORAY

Director
(Independent / Non-Executive Director)
FCA (SL), FCMA (UK)

Appointed: July 2020

 

Skills & Experience:

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. 

 

Other Current Appointments:

Mr. Cooray is the Chairman of United Motors PLC and its subsidiaries. He is also the Managing Director of Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd and its subsidiaries. He serves as Director of Life Insurance Corporation (Lanka) Ltd, HVA Foods PLC and JAT Holdings PLC.

 

Previous appointments

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. He 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.

DILSHAN RODRIGO

Director
(Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer)
MBA (UK), FCCA (UK), FCMA (UK)

Appointed: July 2020

 

Skills & Experience:

Mr. Rodrigo possesses over two decades in banking experience and is the Executive Director / Chief Operating Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC. He provides administrative leadership to Finance, Credit, Operations, Risk Management, Banking Services, Compliance and Internal Audit functions. 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 holds a MBA from Cranfied University UK, FCMA UK and FCCA UK.

He has 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, talent acquisition and introducing several break through cost optimization initiatives.

 

Other Current Appointments:

Mr Rodrigo has held many senior positions in multiple industries ranging from banking, insurance, investment banking and apparel. He presently functions as Chairman of HNB Finance PLC and holds Directorships in HNB Assurance PLC, Guardian Acquity Management, Lanka Financial Services Bureau and Credit Information Bureau. Mr Rodrigo serves on the councils of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) and was the Chairman Policy Advocacy Committee of Asian Bankers Association (Taiwan) during 2011/12 and 2019/20.

 

Previous appointments

He has served as a lecturer and examiner on various undergraduate and postgraduate programs (CIMA, ACCA, PIM and University of Wales MBA programs) and is a Guest Lecturer for SLID, Director Certification Program. He has presented various technical papers in various forums locally and overseas on Strategy, Business Transformation and Risk Management. Mr. Rodrigo has also served on local governing councils of CIMA, APB, ACCA and Risk Professional Forum and in the latter two as President.

OSMAN CHANDRAWANSA

Director
(Independent / Non-Executive Director)
MSc (UK), BTI (SL), Dip. In Money & Banking (UK)

Appointed: April 2021

 

Skills & Experience:

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 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. 

 

Previous appointments

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.

PRAWIRA RIMOE SALDIN

Director
(Non Independent / Non-Executive Director)
FCA (Sri Lanka), FCMA (UK), CMA (Australia)

Appointed: April 2021

 

Skills & Experience:

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.

Prior to being appointed to the Board of Directors of Hatton National Bank PLC, Mr. Saldin functioned as Alternate Director to Mr. R.S. Captain from 26th July 2018 to 2nd
April 2021.

 

Other Current Appointments:

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.

 

Previous appointments

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.

NIHAL JAYAWARDENE PC

Director
(Non- Independent / Non-Executive Director)
LL.M (Lond), President's Counsel

Appointed: August 2021

 

Skills & Experience:

Mr Jayawardene joined the Bar in 1983. He has his career experience as an officer of the Attorney General’s Department of Sri Lanka in excess of 20 years, Senior Lecturer of Sri Lanka Law College and Legal Consultant and Board Member in numerous Institutions. He is an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Walse.

Mr. Jayawardene has actively contributed for many law reforms initiatives taken place in Sri Lanka in the field of Civil Aviation, Company Law, and has extensive experience in Public Enterprises reforms programmes carried out in the areas of Insurance, Telecommunication, Aviation, Port & Shipping and Plantation sectors.

In recognition of immense contribution made to the Legal Profession as an eminent senior counsel in Corporate, Commercial, Aviation and Public Law he was appointed as a President’s Counsel in the year 2012.

Mr. Jayawardene also played a leading role in the process of drafting the Colombo Port City Economic Commissions Act.

 

Other Current Appointments:

He is presently the Chairman of Company Law Advisory Commission and a Member of the Board of Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. He is also a member of Board of Governors in Asian Institute of Business and Science (AIBS) and the in-house Counsel of Capital City Law.

 

Previous appointments

Mr. Jayawardena has served as the founder Chairman of Lanka Sathosa Limited and a Director of Hotel Developers Lanka Limited from 2004 to 2015, a Director of Milco (Pvt) Ltd from 2005 -2008 and he also served as a Director of People’s Leasing and Finance PLC.

RASITHA GUNAWARDANA

Director
(Independent Director / Non-Executive)

Chartered Management Accountant of United Kingdom Chartered Global Management Accountant ACI in Treasury operations.

Appointed Director – 21st January 2022

 

Mr. Rasitha Gunawardana is a senior Banker with over 3 decades of experience covering major aspects of Banking.

He served as the CEO/ General Manager of the Peoples Bank during the period 2019-2020. Prior to that, He held a number of Corporate and executive level positions, namely,

  • Senior Deputy General Manager (Business Banking)
  • Deputy General Manager ( Risk Management)
  • Deputy General Manager ( Credit Control)
  • Assistant General Manager ( Treasury Operations)

During this period he played a major role in improving the Credit and Risk culture of the Bank, through introduction of risk based credit and business policies and procedures.

He held directorships in following establishments;

  • Peoples Leasing and Finance PLC
  • Peoples Insurance PLC
  • Peoples Merchant Finance PLC
  • Lanka Clear Ltd
  • Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka
  • Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka (CRIB)
  • Peoples Travels Ltd
  • Peoples Micro Finance Ltd.

KITHSIRI GUNAWARDENA

Director
(Non-Independent Director / Non-Executive)

Attorney-at-Law, Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PIM, Sri Jayewardenepura)
Appointed Director - 21st January 2022

 

Mr. Kithsiri Gunawardena is the Chief Operating Officer – LOLC & Chief Executive Officer - LOLC Insurance, He Joined LOLC in 2004 and counts over 30 years of experience as a Lawyer. He has held a number of important positions in the State, including the office of State Counsel attached to the Attorney General’s Department, the Office of Director – Legal & Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka and was involved in setting up the Consumer Affairs Authority as its first Director General. He serves on the Boards of a number of local and overseas subsidiaries within the LOLC Group.

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: January 2012

 

Skills & Experience:

She is an Attorney-at-Law and counts over 30 years of experience in Banking.

Mrs Ranaweera holds a Master’s Degree in Law (LLM) – University of Cambridge, U.K. and a Diploma in International Affairs – Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka.

 

Other Current Appointments:

Deputy General Manager - Legal of HNB, a Director of Acuity Stock Brokers (Pvt) Limited, Vice President of Sri Lanka Bank Company Secretaries Association.

 

Previous appointments

Member of Board of Governors of Sri Lanka National Arbitration Centre (2012-2017) and was a Council Member of Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka (APB).

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