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Board of Directors

Krishan Balendra is the Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC. He is a Director of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sri Lanka. He is a former Chairman of Nations Trust Bank and the Colombo Stock Exchange. Krishan started his career at UBS Warburg, Hong Kong, in investment banking, focusing primarily on equity capital markets. He joined JKH in 2002. Krishan holds a law degree (LLB) from the University of London and an MBA from INSEAD.

Gihan Cooray is the Deputy Chairman/Group Finance Director and has overall responsibility for the Group’s Finance and Accounting, Taxation, Corporate Finance and Strategy, Treasury, Information Technology functions (including John Keells IT) and John Keells Research. He is the Chairman of Nations Trust Bank PLC. Gihan holds an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, a certified management accountant of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia and has a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He serves as a committee member of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Amal Cabraal is presently the Chairman of Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC and CIC Feeds Group of Companies. He is a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Sri Lanka and has over 3 decades of business experience in general management, marketing and sales in Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, India and Bangladesh. Amal Cabraal is a Non-Executive Director of Hatton National Bank PLC, Sunshine Holdings PLC and Silvermill Investment Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. and a member of the Supervisory Board of Associated Motorways (Private) Ltd. He is also a member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and a committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Management Committee of the Mercantile Services Provident Society. A Chartered Marketeer by profession and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing - UK, he holds a MBA from the University of Colombo and is an executive education alumnus of INSEAD-France.

Nihal Fonseka is a career banker and served as the Chief Executive Officer/Ex-Officio Director of DFCC Bank from 2000 until his retirement in 2013. He is currently a Member of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Non-Executive Director of Phoenix Ventures Pvt Ltd, Chairman of the Group Audit Committee of Brandix Lanka Limited and President of the Sri Lanka National Advisory Council of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, UK. Prior to joining the DFCC Bank, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of HSBC Sri Lanka. He is a past Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP). He has also served as a Director of the Employees’ Trust Fund Board and as a member of the Presidential Commission on Taxation (2009), National Procurement Commission and Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA). He holds a B.Sc from the University of Ceylon, Colombo, is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Studies, (FIB) UK and a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, (MCSI) UK.

Premila Perera was appointed to the Board of the Company with effect from 1 July 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Premila Perera, formerly a Partner, KPMG in Sri Lanka, also served as the Global Firms Regional Tax Director for ASPAC in 2000/01, as a member of the Global Task force commissioned in 1998, to advise the International Board of KPMG on future directions in determining long-term strategic plans, and faculty of the KPMG International Tax Business School. She also served a period of secondment with the US Firm’s National Tax Office in Washington DC, and was a participant at the KPMG-INSEAD International Banking School programme. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She served as an Independent Director and Chairperson of the Audit and Related Party Transaction Committees of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC until October 2017 and as a Non-Executive Director of Holcim (Lanka) Limited until August 2016.

Group Chief Executive Officer of leading apparel exporter, Brandix Lanka Limited, Ashroff Omar has been instrumental in redefining the Sri Lankan apparel industry for over four decades. Ashroff spearheads a company that comprises manufacturing and product development facilities offering end-to-end apparel solutions from Tokyo to the US, including UK, Cambodia, Haiti, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh for some of the world’s most renowned brands, with a commitment to offering ‘Inspired Solutions’ to its clientele.

He is also credited with pioneering environmentally-friendly apparel manufacture in the world and establishing the world’s first LEED platinum manufacturing facility for eco-friendly manufacture. His extensive experience and ability to think beyond the norm has secured him positions in the Boards of some of Sri Lanka’s most respected corporates. He is also the Founder Chair of the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), the apex body of the Sri Lanka apparel industry.

In his capacity as the Regional CEO for South Asia, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya heads the South Asian Operations of the Axiata Group Bhd., spanning Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. Axiata is Asia’s second largest Telecommunications Group. Up to and including the year 2016, he additionally functioned as the Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog). Over the course of his tenure of leadership spanning close to two decades, Dialog progressed from being the 4th entrant to Sri Lanka’s mobile market to become the country’s leading multi-play connectivity provider, and one of the highest valued companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange. In the Year 2016, he was honoured by the GSM Association as the first recipient of the 'Outstanding Contribution to the Asian Mobile Industry' Award. Dr. Wijayasuriya is a past Chairman of GSM Asia Pacific – the regional interest group of the GSM Association, and also serves on the Board of the TM Forum (TMF). Dr Wijayasuriya was also named ‘Sri Lankan of the Year’ by Sri Lanka’s premier business journal, LMD in 2008. Dr. Wijayasuriya is currently the Vice Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka’s premier business chamber. During the Period 2012-14, Dr. Wijayasuriya also functioned as the founding CEO of Axiata Digital Services – the Group-wide Digital Services Business of the Axiata Group. Dr. Wijayasuriya serves on the boards of several regional operating companies of the Axiata Group, and also on the boards of Axiata Digital Services and several of its Digital Ventures.

Dr. Wijayasuriya graduated from the University of Cambridge UK in 1989. He subsequently obtained his PhD in Digital Mobile Communications from the University of Bristol UK in 1994. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology UK, Dr. Wijayasuriya also holds an MBA from the University of Warwick UK. Dr. Wijayasuriya has published widely on the subject of digital mobile communications, including research papers in publications of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) USA, Royal Society and the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) UK.