Corporate Management

MR. N VASANTHA KUMAR - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / GENERAL MANAGER

Mr. N. Vasantha Kumar holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Diploma in Professional Treasury Management. He joined People’s Bank in March 2001, prior to which he served as Treasurer at ANZ Grindlays Bank, Colombo for many years.

He is a Director of People’s Leasing & Finance PLC, People’s Travels (Pvt) ltd., People’s Insurance Ltd., People’s Property Development Ltd., People’s Leasing Havelock Property Ltd, People’s Leisure Ltd, Credit Information Bureau and National Payment Council. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

He is a Past President of the Associate of Primary Dealers and Sri Lanka Forex Association.

MR. AHAMED SABRY IBRAHIM - Senior Deputy General Manager – Wholesale Banking

Mr. Ibrahim has over 32 years of banking experience both locally and internationally, primarily in the areas of Corporate Banking, Treasury Management and Risk Management. He holds an Honours Degree (B.Sc) from the University of Colombo and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers - UK (FCIB).

sabry@peoplesbank.lk

MR. DEEPAL ABEYSEKARA - Head Of Marketing & Research

Deepal Abeysekera – Head of Marketing, Public Affairs & CSR of People’s Bank is better known for his capabilities in strategic business development and brand building.

He has been responsible for setting up sales, marketing and strategic business development operations in financial sector organizations and has successfully lead corporate brands to the top positions in their respective industries in brand value.

The prestigious “Brand Champion of the Year” and “Brand Leadership Award” were conferred on him by Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and the World Brand Congress in recognition of his distinctive achievements.

He is a Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing-UK, a member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)-UK and a Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (CMA)

He also holds a MBA from the University of Southern Queensland – Australia. He is the past President of the Board of Management of The Management Club (TMC) and President of the Association of Professional Bankers – Sri Lanka, and Country Advisory Council Member – Global Marketing Network – UK.

deepal@peoplesbank.lk

MRS. C WERAPITIYA - Deputy General Manager – Strategic Planning & Performance Management

Ms. Chandani Werapitiya is in charge of the Strategic Planning & performance management contributing to the Bank’s strategic plan implementation process for the period 2016 - 2020.

She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration (Hons.) with a Second Class Upper and a M.Sc. (Management) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and has professional banking qualification FIB - Sri Lanka.

She joined the Bank in June 1987 as a Management Trainee and counts nearly 29 years of experience in a wide spectrum of fields ranging from Corporate and Institutional Banking, International Banking, Customer Services, SME/Project Lending, Branch Operations, Credit Management and Strategic Planning and Research department. She did research activities which included Annual Research conference, Pulse Magazine and Economic Review Magazine. She has been appointed to revamp the research activities of the Bank in order to streamline research and strategic planning activities.

She is an Alternate Director to the Governing Board of Institute of Bankers’ of Sri Lanka (IBSL) and a Committee Member of International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ICCSL) and a Member of Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC). She was a Director of Regional Development Bank (RDB) and was a Board Member of Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Handicraft Board (SLHB).

chandi@peoplesbank.lk

MR. K B RAJAPAKSE - Deputy General Manager –Enterprise Banking

Mr. Rajapakse is in charge of the Commercial Credit & SME Development, Micro Finance & Co-operative Departments. He joined the bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and counts 29 years of experience in the People’s Bank.

He holds a Second Class Honours Degree (B.Sc.) in Public Administration, Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, Attorney-at-Law of Sri Lanka and Diploma of Institute of Credit Management of Sri Lanka.

He has gained wide experience in various management level capacities in branch network in the bank and Corporate Banking Division and at present serves as Deputy General Manager of Enterprise Banking of People’s Bank.

Mr. Rajapakse serves as a Director of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and an Alternate Director of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka.

rajakb@peoplesbank.lk

MR. S A R S SAMARAWEERA - Deputy General Manager – Human Resources

Mr. Samaraweera is the Head of Human Resources. He joined the Bank as a Management Trainee and possesses over 29 years of experience in the Banking service. During this period, he has served in the areas of Branch Banking, Corporate Banking, Development Banking and Credit Recoveries.

He holds a B.Sc. Second Class Upper Degree in Management from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and also he is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka.

His overseas and local exposure includes Management Development, Small and Medium Entrepreneur Management, Rehabilitation of Projects and Strategic Human Resources Management.

samaraw@peoplesbank.lk

MR. R PATHIRAGE - Deputy General Manager - Secretary to the Board of Directors

Mr. Pathirage holds a Law Degree (LL.B) from the University of Colombo and Master’s Degree in Bank Management from Massey University, New Zealand. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking. He is an Attorney – at – Law.

He is also the Company Secretary of People’s Leasing & Finance PLC, People’s Insurance Ltd, People’s Fleet Management Ltd, People’s Property Development Ltd, and People’s Travel’s (Pvt) Ltd. He has over 21 years of experience in the Bank.

rohanp@peoplesbank.lk

MRS. M S ARSACULARATNE - Deputy General Manager – Compliance

Ms. Arsacularatne joined the Bank’s service at Grade II level as a Senior Finance Officer and counts over 30 years of service in the Bank.

She has been an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK for the past 34 years. She is a Chartered Global Management Accountant, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants – Sri Lanka and a Licentiate of The Institute of Chartered Accountants – Sri Lanka. She is an Attorney-at-Law and also holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka.

She has gained wide experience in the fields of Management/Financial Accounting, Management Information, Logistics and Administration. She had 8 years professional work experience prior to joining the Bank . Having started her career at Ceylon Ceramics Corporation as Trainee Accountant, she served Ceylon Fisheries Corporation and Agrarian Research and Training Institute as an Accountant and State Engineering Corporation as a Special Grade Accountant.

srima@peoplesbank.lk

MRS. G P R JAYASINGHE - Deputy General Manager – Process Management & Quality Assurance

Ms. Renuka Jayasinghe joined the Bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and counts over 29 years of experience in the field of Banking.

During her career, she has covered the Branch Banking area at the levels of Branch Manager, Zonal Senior Manager, Regional Manager, Assistant General Manger (Banking Support Services) and the Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking).

She holds a First Class Special Degree in B.Com from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura and has a professional banking qualification AIB – Sri Lanka. She is a life member of the Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka and the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

During her banking career, she has participated in various exposure programmes - both local and overseas. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Regional Development Bank.

renuka@peoplesbank.lk

MR. CLIVE FONSEKA - Head Of Treasury & Investment Banking

Mr. Fonseka is a fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Postgraduate Institute of Management of University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He has received a Distinction for the ACI Dealing Certificate and counts more than 22 years experience in Treasury Management. He is also a Certified Member (CMA) of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia.

He joined People’s Bank in 2002, prior to which he served at American Express Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. He has been a member of People’s Bank’s corporate management team from November 2011.

clivef@peoplesbank.lk

MR. M.A. BONNIFACE SILVA - Deputy General Manager – Channel Management

Mr. Silva joined the Bank in 1987 and counts over 29 years of service in the People’s Bank.

His career experience covers the areas of branch business banking at the levels of Branch Manager, Regional Manager, Zonal Assistant General Manager and presently holds the position of Deputy General Manager – Channel Management.

In addition, Centralised Back Office functions of the entire branch network and Cash Department are also operated under his purview.

He holds a degree (B.A) from the University of Peradeniya and he is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

During the period, he has gained extensive local and overseas training and exposure in Branch Business/Banking.

dgmopr11@peoplesbank.lk

MR. B M PREMANATH - Deputy General Manager – Banking Support Services

Mr.B.M.Premanath counts over 29 years of service at People’s Bank. He joined the Bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and has served the Bank as Manager in several Branches. Then he served as Asst. Regional Manager and as Regional Manager in Matale & Polonnaruwa respectively. He became as Assistant General Manager in the Central Zone. Now he is servicing as Deputy General Manager (Banking Support Services).

He holds a 2nd Upper Degree in B.Com from the University of Colombo and AIB-Intermediate, Sri Lanka.

During his banking career, he has participated in various exposure programmes both locally and internationally.

bmprem@peoplesbank.lk

MRS. N S THILAKARATNE - Chief Internal Auditor

Ms. Nandanie Thilakarathne was appointed as the Chief Internal Auditor of the Bank since August 2010.

She is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration (Hons.) with a Second Class Upper from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

She holds a Diploma in Information Systems Security Control and Audit conducted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka with technical collaboration of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

She joined the Bank in March 1990 as an Assistant Finance Officer and counts nearly 26 years of experience in the field of Project Lending and Auditing.

nandanie@peoplesbank.lk

MR G.B.P.R. GUNAWARDANA - Deputy Genaral Manager - Risk Management

Mr. Rasitha Gunawardana counts over 29 years of service at People’s Bank. He joined the Bank as a Senior Finance Officer in 1987.

His exposure in the Bank covered areas of Finance, Performance Management, Corporate and Commercial Credit, Treasury Operations and Credit Control & Risk Management functions.

Prior to joining the People’s Bank, he had gained experience in both private and public sectors in industries covering Travel and Hotels, Plantation Management and Construction.

He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, U.K.

rasithag@peoplesbank.lk

MR. G LIONEL - Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking

Mr. Lionel Galagedara is in charge of Retail Banking Division of the Bank. He joined the Bank as a Management Trainee and counts over 29 years of service at the Bank. His variety of experience covers the areas of Retail Banking, Trade Finance, Lending, Credit Administration and Recoveries.

He holds a B.Com (Special) Degree from University of Sri Jayawardenapura and (LLB) a Degree from the Open University of Sri Lanka. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and an Attorney-at-Law.

lionel@peoplesbank.lk

MR. G. G. MANGALA - Head of Finance

Mr. G.G. Mangala joined the Bank as Head of Finance in March 2014. He counts over 25 years of banking exposure most of which overseas. Prior to joining the People’s Bank he held positions of the Financial Controller at HSBC Oman, Chief Financial Officer at Bank Sohar Oman and Chief Financial Officer at Pan Asia Bank, Sri Lanka.

His areas of expertise include the Asset Liability Management, Strategic Planning, Financial and Management Accounting, Budgeting and Performance Analysis.

He is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK.

ggmangala@peoplesbank.lk

MR. P S A EDIRISINGHE - Head of Information Technology

Mr. Edirisinghe joined the Bank on 2nd February 2015 as the Head of Information Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Information System) and Master of Commerce Degree from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Edirisinghe has been in the field of IT for 20 years spanning various business sectors including, Insurance, Banking and Telecommunication. Prior to joining People’s Bank, he has been attached to Citibank Ltd., Singapore as a Project Management Officer. Throughout his professional career, he has held positions from Analyst Programmer to Chief Information Officer in flagship companies such as Citibank (Australia, Singapore) AON Ltd. Australia, Clarity International Ltd., Singapore and Sri Lanka Telecom.

Priyantha@peoplesbank.lk

MR. S WANNIARACHCHI - Deputy General Manager – Recoveries

Mr. Sunil Wanniarachchi joined the People’s Bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and worked in several areas including Branch Banking, SMI Lending, International Banking, Trade Financing and Leasing. He has gained vast experience in lending and Offshore Banking activities.

He holds B.Sc (Special) degree from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and soon after the graduation he worked there as a Demonstrator and Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry. He too obtained his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colombo. He is an Associate of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

sunilw@peoplesbank.lk

MR. W K S B NANDANA - Chief Law Officer

Mr. W K.S.B. Nandana is an Attorney-at-Law and also holds a LL.B. Degree from University of Colombo. He counts 37 years of service in both banking and legal fraternity and has served in Legal Department, International Division, Galle Region, Western Zone – I and Special Assets Unit.

His experience covers the areas of Company Law, Commercial Law, and Labour Law in addition to Banking and Credit Recoveries. Further, he has undergone several exposure programmes in both local and overseas, especially Management and Leadership Development, Judiciary System in Asia, etc.

nandanaw@peoplesbank.lk

MRS. S PRATHAPASINGHE - Deputy General Manager - International Banking
MR. R KODITUWAKKU - Deputy General Manager - Off Shore Operations & Digitalization