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.

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 - 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.

Non-Independant / Non-Executive Director

Chiranthi Cooray

M.B.A. (Wales), S.C.P. SHRM (USA), I.P.M.A. - CP (USA)

Ms. L. Chiranthi Cooray is the Deputy General Manager / Chief Transformation Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC. She leads key transformations in digital, tech, product, service and people strategies to drive growth and support the achievement of mid to long-term goals of the Bank, facilitating change management and delivering business value. Chiranthi serves on the Boards of the CSR Sri Lanka (Guarantee) Ltd and Advisory Board of AISEC Sri Lanka. She also serves as a Trustee of the HNB Sustainability Foundation. She is a past President of the Association of Human Resource Professionals, Sri Lanka.

Chiranthi holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wales (Cardiff Metropolitan). She is a Senior Certified Professional SHRM USA and Certified HR Professional from IPMA, USA. She has completed CIMA (UK) exams and is awaiting admission to membership. Chiranthi was awarded the HR Leadership Award for Global HR Excellence organized by World HR Congress in February 2015. She has also been awarded the Gold Category at the Women for Governance Professional & Career Women Awards 2014/2015 by the Women in Management for her exceptional contribution and achievements in the field of Human Resources. Under her leadership the Hatton National Bank PLC has achieved many local and international awards in the last 10 years in HR and Sustainability spheres. In 2017, Chiranthi served as the Chairwoman of the National Task Force to recommend a strategic road map to increase female labour force participation in Sri Lanka for the National HR Development Council of Sri Lanka.

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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