Sun­shine Hold­ings ap­points new di­rec­tor to board

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The board of di­rec­tors of Sun­shine Hold­ings PLC ap­pointed Microsoft Cor­po­ra­tion Cor­po­rate, Ex­ter­nal and Le­gal Af­fairs South Asia New Mar­kets Head Shalini Rat­watte, as a Di­rec­tor of the com­pany.

The ap­point­ment is ef­fec­tive May 31, 2019.

With the new ap­point­ment, the board of Sun­shine Hold­ings PLC will now be com­prised of 10 di­rec­tors, of which six are non-ex­ec­u­tive, in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tors.

A qual­i­fied le­gal pro­fes­sional, Rat­watte counts over 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in coali­tion build­ing, pol­icy devel­op­ment, strate­gic plan­ning, pro­gramme im­ple­men­ta­tion and le­gal ac­tion at re­gional, state and lo­cal lev­els. Dur­ing her ca­reer, she has or­gan­ised and led pol­icy ini­tia­tives on emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy, cy­ber­se­cu­rity and data pri­vacy, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion across var­i­ous coun­tries. “Shalini has lever­aged ex­ten­sive knowl­edge and ex­per­tise to con­sol­i­date her­self as a true thought leader across govern­ment and in­dus­try on emerg­ing tech trends, di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion and women em­pow­er­ment through tech­nol­ogy. We are ex­cited to wel­come her to the board of di­rec­tors of Sun­shine Hold­ings,” said Sun­shine Hold­ings PLC Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Vish Govin­dasamy.

“We be­lieve her strong ex­pe­ri­ence in dif­fer­ent busi­ness ver­ti­cals will fur­ther strengthen our board’s breadth of tal­ent and back­ground and we are de­lighted to have iden­ti­fied such an out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual. I am con­fi­dent that Shalini is go­ing to make an im­por­tant and pos­i­tive im­pact on our com­pany,” Govin­dasamy said fur­ther.

Shalini holds a Bach­e­lor of Laws De­gree from the Univer­sity of Colombo and an At­tor­ney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She was the Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Busi­ness Soft­ware Al­liance (BSA) in Sri Lanka for six years be­fore tak­ing on her role at Microsoft in 2013.

In her ca­pac­ity as Le­gal and Cor­po­rate Af­fairs South East Asia New Mar­kets Head, she cov­ers six coun­tries driv­ing aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion, en­force­ment and pol­icy on cy­ber­se­cu­rity, data pri­vacy, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights and an­tipiracy.

Be­fore spe­cial­iz­ing in Cy­ber Se­cu­rity and IP Law, Rat­watte was in the cap­i­tal mar­kets in­dus­try for over 10 years though is bet­ter known for her pas­sion for wildlife and con­ser­va­tion and the land­mark cases she ini­ti­ated as an en­vi­ron­men­tal lawyer at the En­vi­ron­men­tal Foun­da­tion of Sri Lanka.

The board of di­rec­tors of Sun­shine Hold­ings PLC com­prises M. Shaikh, G. Satha­si­vam, V. Govin­dasamy, S.G Satha­si­vam, H.D. Abey­wick­rama, A. Tal­watte, A. Cabraal and S. Shishoo, Y Ki­tao.

Shalini Rat­watte

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