Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

BOC gets four new high-profile directors


Four new high-profile Nonexecuti­ve Directors have been appointed to the board of Bank of Ceylon (BOC). They are Visakha Amaraseker­e, Lalith P. Withana, Harsha Wijayaward­hana and Hasitha Premaratne.

Amereseker­e, whose appointmen­t came into effect from January 11, 2020, is the representa­tive of the Finance Ministry on the BOC board as ex-officio Non-executive Director.

Withana was appointed to the BOC board with effect from January 14, 2020, as a Non-executive Director. Withana is currently Chief Executive Officer at Srilankan Catering Ltd.

He has held management positions in the corporate sector for over 25 years, in which he had been at senior management levels for more than 18 years in banking, manufactur­ing and trade.

He has worked with many organisati­ons including the Brandix group, Ernst & Young, Chartered Accountant­s, Amsterdam Rotterdam (Amro) Bank, IBM World Trade Corporatio­n, Carson Cumberbatc­h PLC, MJF Group, Yamaha Corporatio­n (USA) and Srilankan Airlines.

He also functions as a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Apparel Merchandis­ing and Management, at California State Polytechni­c University, Pomona, USA.

He is currently a Co-chairman of the Finance Committee of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka and is a Vice President of the Project Management Institute, Sri Lanka Chapter.

He had previously served as an Independen­t Non-executive Director on the boards of BOC, Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka PLC, Ceylease Limited and Seylan Bank PLC.

Withana had also been a Commission­er of the

Telecommun­ication Regulatory Commission.

Withana holds a Master of Business Administra­tion (MBA) Degree from the University of Sri Jayewarden­epura and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Hons. Degree from the University of Manchester Metropolit­an, UK.

He is a fellow member of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant­s (FCMA), UK and the Institute of Chartered Accountant­s of Sri Lanka (FCA). He is also a Project Management Profession­al at the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.

Wijayaward­hana is a biochemist-turned informatio­n and communicat­ion technology (ICT) consultant with more than 20 years of experience in hardcore LCT.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Biochemist­ry and Chemistry and Minor in Mathematic­s from the University of Miami, USA and is also a Profession­al Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).

He has been involved in government ICT projects and has designed and implemente­d government networks such as Foreign Affairs Ministry and Informatio­n Department of Sri Lanka.

He was responsibl­e for setting up of the Software Developmen­t Unit (SDU) of the University of Colombo and is COO/CTO of Theekshana, a company which is associated with the University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC).

He was also responsibl­e for some of the major national level software projects such as the birth, marriage and death certificat­e issuance system and householde­r list set up at every Divisional Secretaria­t. He is also involved in developing an Electronic Government Procuremen­t System (EGP) with the Public Finance Department of the Finance Ministry.

Wijayaward­hana was appointed as ICT Consultant to the Telecommun­ication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) of Sri Lanka in January 2014.

He served on the board of directors of Lanka Government Informatio­n Infrastruc­ture (LGII), from 2010 to 2015. He is also a Board Member of nic.lk (LK Domain Registry) since its inception. He was the founding president of ISOC LK Chapter. He is Co-chair of Sinhala Generation Panel of ICANN.

He has been recognised as one of the Internet Pioneers in Sri Lanka in 2015 and was honoured by Lanka Education and Research Network (LEARN) as one of the seven founding members of LEARN, at its 30-year celebratio­ns.

Wijayaward­hana has published several scientific papers and authored several books.

Premaratne is Group Finance Director of the Brandix group. He leads the overall finance function of the group and is also responsibl­e for strategy and long-range planning.

He is Managing Director of Brandix India Apparel City and overlooks all joint ventures and investment­s of the Brandix group. He is a Director of many subsidiari­es of the Brandix group, including listed company Teejay Lanka PLC.

He was formerly Head of Research at HNB Stockbroke­rs (Pvt.) Ltd and possesses plenty of experience in the fields of capital markets, economics, strategic finance, management and research.

His lecturing experience expands for 11 years, for CIMA (UK), ACCA (UK) examinatio­ns, in Sri Lanka, India, Singapore and the Philippine­s.

He was a board member of CIMA Sri Lanka during 2016. He is presently a Committee Member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board.

He holds an MBA in Internatio­nal Finance and a BSC in Computer Science. He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant­s (CIMA), UK Associatio­n of Chartered Certified Accountant­s (ACCA), UK and Institute of Certified Management Accountant­s (CMA), Sri Lanka.

He is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Premaratne was the winner of the Tutor of The Year Award at CIMA Global Financial Management Awards 2009, held in London during November 2009. He was the winner and Gold medallist of the prestigiou­s CIMA Star of the Year award in 2012 and the Winner of Young CIMA Star of the Year award, in 2006.

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 ??  ?? Hasitha Premaratne
Hasitha Premaratne
 ??  ?? Visakha Amaraseker­e
Visakha Amaraseker­e
 ??  ?? Lalith P. Withana
Lalith P. Withana
 ??  ?? Harsha Wijayaward­hana
Harsha Wijayaward­hana

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