Chairperson / Non-Executive Director

Rose Cooray

B.A. (Hons) (University of Ceylon, Peradeniya), MSc. (Strathclyde University, U.K.)

Appointed as the Chairperson on 06th July 2015. Mrs. Rose Cooray is a Director of Hatton National Bank PLC. Having served the Central Bank of Sri Lanka for over 35 years she retired as the Deputy Governor and counts over 43 years of experience in the financial sector. She is the Chairperson of Ceylon Guardian Investment Trust PLC, Ceylon Investment PLC, Sithma Development (Pvt) Limited and HNB General Insurance Limited and a Director of HNB Grameen Finance Limited and Guardian Capital Partners PLC.


On release from the Central Bank, she had served the Ministry of Finance as Director General Fiscal Policy and Economic Affairs for nearly 6 years and represented the Government on the Boards of DFCC Bank, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Sri Lanka Telecom, Ceylon Electricity Board, De La Rue Currency and Security Print (Pvt) Ltd, Export Development Board, National Housing and Development Authority and the Monetary Board on West Coast Power (Pvt) Ltd.


Mrs. Cooray has been extensively involved in policy making in the financial sector and implementing development projects. She has wide experience in negotiating loans with multilateral donors/bilateral trade agreements. She has contributed papers to professional journals.

Independent/Non-Executive Director

Faizal Salieh

BA (Econ)Hons., MBA, FCPM

Has long and extensive experience in commercial and development banking both in Sri Lanka and overseas and has held top management positions in global and local banks such as Grindlays Bank, ANZ Bank, NDB and Amana Bank; experienced Board Director of several companies in the business of banking, finance, insurance, fund management, stockbroking, manufacturing, trading and education; has served on State University Boards, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and several Government and Non-Governmental Committees in the fields of finance, economic affairs, housing, construction and tertiary education.


He is presently the Vice Chairman of The Sri Lanka Institute of Directors and serves on the Board of Directors of Cargills Bank, The Sri Lanka Institute of Directors, The Distance Learning Centre Limited, and is a Council Member and Financial Consultant at Gerson Lehrman Group, USA. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve on the Chamber’s Main Committee.

Non-Executive Director

Dilshan Rodrigo

MBA (Cranfield University, UK) FCMA (UK), CGMA, FCCA (UK)

Chief Operating Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC and Director of HNB General Insurance Ltd, Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd, Guardian Acuity Asset Management Ltd and Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka. A senior banker with extensive experience in Retail Banking, Finance, Institutional Banking and Risk Management in leading local and foreign commercial banks operating in Sri Lanka.


Elected Chairman for a two year period of the Asian Banker’s Policy Advocacy Committee, a forum for advancing the cause of banking and finance in the region and promoting regional cooperation. Served as Lecturer and Examiner for Strategic Management for the University of Wales affiliated MBA Program in Sri Lanka, Guest Lecturer at Postgraduate Institute of Management and Director Certification Program at Sri Lanka Institute of Directors. Has presented technical papers in various forums locally and overseas on Strategy, Business Transformation and Risk Management. A former President of ACCA Sri Lanka Division.


Independent/Non-Executive Director

Marina Tharmaratnam

FCA Post Graduate Diploma (CIM, UK), Diploma in Computer Systems and Design (NIBM)


Her career spans over 4 decades where she has held many senior positions in multiple industries ranging from banking and insurance to heavy machinery. She served Union Assurance as its Director / CEO. She has held Board positions in the capacity of Director at Singer Finance PLC, DFCC Vardhana Bank PLC, United Tractor & Equipment Limited, Eagle Insurance Company Limited, and Eagle NDB Fund Management Co. Ltd. She was also the Chairperson of World Vision Lanka. In addition, she was the President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors in 2007 and 2008, Member of the National Council for Economic Development (NCED) for Capital Markets from 2004 to 2007, has served on various committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, was a Director of Employers Federation and served on the main committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.


Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Damien Fernando

FCMA (UK), MBA (Sri Jayawardenapura)

An old boy of St. Peter’s College, Colombo and Royal College, Colombo, Mr. Fernando is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of United Kingdom and is a qualified Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants of Sri Lanka and obtained a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
Mr. Fernando has held many key positions in several sectors including Finance, Life and General Insurance and has positions on the Boards of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited, Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka, Lanka Hospital Corporation PLC, Melstacorp PLC, Pelwatte Sugar PLC and National Asset Management Limited. Presently Mr. Fernando is a member of the Boards of the Hatton National Bank PLC, HealthCey Private Limited and Addison Private Limited.

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Sanjay Wijemanne

BSc – Business & Finance (Mount Saint Mary’s University – USA)

Mr. Wijemanne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business & Finance from Mount Saint Mary’s University in the United States of America. Mr. Wijemanne currently holds the position of Deputy General Manager of Retail Banking at the Hatton National Bank PLC and manages key areas pertaining to Personal Financial Services (Leasing, Pawning Personal & Housing Loans), Credit Cards, Sales & Business Development, Digital Banking, Network Management, Deposit Mobilization, Marketing Communications, Customer Service, Club & Priority Banking, Inward Remittances & Exchange House Relationships and Bancassurance Channels.

Having commenced his career at Ceylinco Securities & Financial Services, he then joined the Hatton National Bank PLC and subsequently The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, where he held many key positions including Vice President – Custody & Clearing, Head of Sales, Head of Branches including Premier Banking, Branch Manager - Kollupitiya Branch/Manager Premier Centre. He then joined the Standard Chartered Bank and held positions of Head of Retail Banking, General Manager – Premium Banking Branch Sales & Services and General Manager – Value Centre.

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Arjuna Abeygunasekara

M.B.A. (Colombo), B.Sc. (Colombo), A.C.M.A. (UK), C.G.M.A.(UK), A.C.I.

Mr. Abeygunasekara counts over 20 years of experience in the banking sector including branch banking and treasury management in four leading banks in the country. He currently holds the position of Assistant General Manager - Treasury and Markets of Hatton National Bank PLC.

Mr. Abeygunasekara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Colombo and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Colombo. He has obtained the status of ACI and the status of Chartered Global Management Account and is an Associate Chartered Management Accountant. In addition, he serves the Center for Banking Studies of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka as a recourse person.

Alternate Director

Kalum Wijesooriya

LL.B (Sri Lanka)

Mr. Kalum Wijesooriya is the Assistant General Manager – Deposits & Remittances & Chief Employee Experience Officer (CEEO) of Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB) and is overall responsible for the Deposits, Remittances & Bancassurance portfolios of the Bank.

He started his career with Sampath Bank in 1989 and thereafter joined HNB in 1991. He counts over 29 years of experience with HNB and has an overall experience of 31 years in the Banking Sector.

Being an Old Boy of Royal College, Colombo 7, he holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Colombo. He holds expertise of over two decades in Marketing, Media, Public Relations & Remittances and have held many senior positions in the Bank’s International & Retail Banking Departments.

Alternate Director - Non-Independant / Non-Executive Director

Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe

B.Sc. (Eng) - University of Moratuwa, M.Sc. (Eng) -
University of Moratuwa.

Dr. Prasad Samarasinghe is the Managing Director of Lanka Bell Ltd. In addition, he holds the position of Managing Director of Bell Active (Pvt.) Ltd. and Bell Solutions (Pvt.) Ltd, Director of DCSL Brewery (Pvt) Ltd of and the Directorships of three non-profit organisations, LK Domain registry, TRACE and Information and Communication Technology Industry Skills Council (ICTSC).

He obtained his Doctorate in Telecommunications from the world ranked research university, the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Dr. Samarasinghe holds a B.Sc. (Eng) Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications with First Class Honors and a M.Sc. in Engineering, both from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. A member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), he also has a Licentiate (Parts I and II) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka with the island’s best results in Financial Accounting, Business Mathematics, Statistics and Data Processing. In the past, Dr. Samarasinghe held the posts of Chief Operating Officer at Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd., Head of Information Technology at Commercial Bank PLC and Director of e-Channelling PLC.

Chief Legal Officer,  Board Secretary and Compliance Officer

Sitari Jayasundara

Attorney-at-Law, Notary Public, MBA (PIM-USJ) and Pg. Adv. Dip (Finance, Banking and Insurance Laws)

Presently works as Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance Limited. She counts over 18 years experience in the legal profession and heading the Legal and Company Secretarial Division of HNB Assurance PLC for over 8 years. Prior to joining HNB Assurance PLC, Sitari served as Legal Officer & Company Secretary of Delmege Group of Companies and Director – Businessmate (Pvt) Limited, the Corporate Secretarial arm of Baker Tilly Edirisinghe & Company, Chartered Accountants.

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