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 import and export trade, and the Chairman of Lanka Milk Foods (CWE) PLC. He is also the Chairman of the Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC., Browns Beach Hotels PLC., Balangoda Plantations PLC., and Madulsima Plantations PLC. In addition to being the Chairman of Lanka Bell Ltd., Melstacorp Limited, Milford Exports (Ceylon) (Pvt) Ltd., Ambewela Livestock Company Ltd., Ambewela Products (Pvt) Ltd., Lanka Dairies (Pvt) Ltd., Periceyl (Pvt) Ltd., Texpro Industries Ltd., Ceylon Garden Coir (Pvt) Ltd., he is also the Chairman/Managing Director/Director of several other successful and reputable companies.

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. Jayawardena is presently the Honorary Consul for Denmark and on 9th February 2010, was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark with the prestigious honour of “Knight Cross of Dannebrog”.

He has also been awarded in November 2005, the title, “Deshamanya” in recognition of his services to the Motherland. Mr. Jayawardena was appointed to the Board of Aitken Spence PLC., on 1st April 2000 and has been Chairman of the Company since 25th April 2003.