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Board of Directors
Mr. D.H.S. Jayawardena

Mr. Harry Jayawardena is one of Sri Lanka's most successful businessmen and heads many successful enterprises in very diverse fields of activity. He is the Founder Director and current Chairman/ Managing Director of the Stassen Group of Companies – a diversified group in exports and import trade, and Lanka Milk Foods (CWE) PLC. He is also the Chairman of the Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC., Lanka Bell (Pvt) Ltd., Browns Beach Hotel, Balangoda Plantations PLC., and Madulsima Plantations PLC. He is a former Director of Hatton National Bank PLC., the largest listed bank in Sri Lanka. Mr. Jayawardena was the former Chairman of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and Sri Lankan Airlines.
Mr. J.M.S. Brito

Mr. Rajan Brito has a LLB (University of London) and MBA (London City Business School) degrees and is a Fellow of both Institutes of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and England and Wales. Together with this multi-disciplined knowledge, he also brings with him a wealth of 35 years of international experience working with a number of international organisations. Presently Mr. Brito is the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Aitken Spence PLC., the Chairman of DFCC Bank and DFCC Vardhana Bank. He is a former Chairman of Sri Lankan Airlines, The Employers' Federation of Ceylon and a former Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.
Dr. R.M. Fernando

Dr. Rohan Fernando who heads Plantations and Business Development at Aitken Spence PLC., holds a PhD and a MBA from the University of Colombo and is also a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, (CIM) UK. He has extensive experience in the plantation industry both in the public and private sectors and played a key role in the plantations privatization programme.
Dr. P. Dissanayake

Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake is the Chairman/CEO of Aitken Spence Maritime, Logistics & Cargo and Director - Aitken Spence PLC. He was appointed to the Board of Aitken Spence PLC., in September 2009. Dr. Dissanayake is a former Chairman/CEO of Sri Lanka Ports Authority and also a former Chairman of state owned Jaya Container Terminals Ltd., and Sri Lanka Port Management Consultancy Services Ltd.
Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena

Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena is a graduate of St. James' & Lucie Clayton College and Keele University in the United Kingdom. She joined Aitken Spence PLC in January 2010, gaining experience in several of its key strategic business units as well as within the parent company. Previously, she was attached to the privatized Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, as a management trainee where she was a member of several strategic committees. Ms. Jayawardena is a member of the Young Leaders Steering Committee and the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. She is a Director of the Board of Splendor Media and a member of EY Next Generation Club. In 2003 she was the youngest intern to work under US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Former US President Bill Clinton.
Mr. G.C. Wickremasinghe

Mr. G.C. Wickremasinghe started his career in 1954 on an Aitken Spence managed plantation. He has therefore had an unbroken association of nearly 60 years with the Company. After over a decade as a professional planter he moved to the Company's head office in 1965 to take over the Estate Agency Department. In the early 70's, he also took charge of the Insurance division, including the Lloyd's Agency and the Singapore Airlines Agency. When the Insurance industry was liberalised in the late 80's, he played an active role in the formation of Union Assurance Ltd., and served a stint as its Chairman.
Mr. C.H. Gomez

Mr. Charles Gomez is a former Investment Banker with over 30 years of experience in the finance industry. He has worked for several major financial institutions, and brings to the Company a wealth of experience in regard to international financial markets. Mr. Gomez is a partner of a financial services company based in Gibraltar and serves on Boards of foreign investment companies. Mr. Gomez was appointed to the Board of Aitken Spence PLC., in May 2002.
Mr. N.J. de Silva Deva Aditya

Mr. Niranjan Deva Aditya, who was appointed to the board of Aitken Spence PLC., in September 2006, is an aeronautical engineer, scientist and economist, is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament elected from the SE England. He is the Vice President of the Development Committee; ECR Co-ordinator and Conservative Spokesman for Overseas' Development and Co-operation.

Mr. V.M. Fernando

Mr. Manilal Fernando who is an Attorney-at-Law started his practice in his home town in Kalutara in 1972 and was the Secretary of the Bar Association, Kalutara for many years. He was appointed to the Board of Aitken Spence PLC., in May, 2008.
Mr. R.N. Asirwatham

Mr. Rajan Asirwatham was the Senior Partner and Country Head of KPMG from 2001 to 2008. Further, he was the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Tourism Project funded by the World Bank for the Ministry of Tourism and was also a member of the Presidential Commission on Taxation, appointed by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka.
Board of Management
Mr. J.M.S. Brito
See Board of Directors profile.
Dr. R.M. Fernando
See Board of Directors profile.
Dr. P. Dissanayake
See Board of Directors profile.
Mr. R. E.V. Casie Chetty

Mr. Ranjan Casie Chetty is the Company Secretary of Aitken Spence PLC., and a Director of Aitken Spence Group Ltd., Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC., and various other companies in the Aitken Spence Group.
Mr. K.R.T. Peiris

Mr. Rohantha Peiris heads Freight Forwarding, Express and Airline division and he brings into the industry a depth of knowledge and valuable expertise. He is responsible for operations in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and the Maldives.
Ms. N. Sivapragasam

Ms. Nilanthi Sivapragasam who is the Chief Financial Officer of the Group is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK.
Mr. S.M. Hapugoda

Mr. S. Malin Hapugoda is an Executive Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC. He is a professional hotelier counting many years of managerial experience at senior level within several hotel companies and is an Honorary Member (Past President) of the Tourist Hotels' Association of Sri Lanka and a Member of the Tourism Cluster of the National Council for Economic Development (NCED).
Ms. N.W. de A. Guneratne

Ms. Nimmi Guneratne is the Managing Director of both Aitken Spence Insurance (Pvt) Ltd., and Aitken Spence Insurance Brokers (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr. C.M.S. Jayawickrama

Mr. Susith Jayawickrama, a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK, is the Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd., the company managing all the Group Hotels in Sri Lanka and overseas.
Mr. R.G. Pandithakorralage

Mr. Rohan Pandithakorralage is the Director/Chief Human Resources Officer of Aitken Spence Group Ltd. At present he is a member of the Board of Governors of National Institute of Labour Studies (NILS), National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC), the Board of Directors of CSR Sri Lanka and the Council of the Employers Federation of Ceylon (EFC).
Mr. D.S. Mendis

Mr. Dinesh Mendis who heads the Financial Solutions segment is additionally responsible for Aitken Spence Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr. V.M. Gunatilleka

Mr. Vipula Gunatilleka currently serves as the Group Chief Corporate Officer/Director of Aitken Spence Group Ltd., overlooking the BPO, information technology, risk management, audit and compliance activities of Aitken Spence.
Mr. P.Karunathilake

Mr. Prasanna Karunathilake joined the then Printing Department of Aitken Spence & Co. Ltd., as a trainee production executive in 1980. Whilst at Aitken Spence he pursued his higher studies in Printing, and obtained his Diploma in Printing Technology and Management at the prestigious Sri Lanka Institute of Printing, and is today a fellow of the Institute. On completion of his Diploma, he was promoted as Senior Executive and in the year 1988 as Production Manager.
Mr. Leel Wickremarachchi

Mr. Leel Wickremarachchi is the Deputy Chairman/Jt Managing Director of all power sector subsidiaries of Aitken Spence PLC. Mr. Wickremarachchi has held senior positions both in public and private sector organisations. Immediately prior to joining Aitken Spence PLC., Mr. Wickremarachchi worked as a Consultant in Liberia under a USAID funded project in the renewable energy sector.