Corporate Management

MR. AHAMED SABRY IBRAHIM - Senior Deputy General Manager - Credit

Mr. Ibrahim has over 27 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 University of Colombo and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers - UK (FCIB). He is also a Director of People's Merchant Bank PLC.

Tell : 0112481692
Fax : 0112334358

sabry@peoplesbank.lk

MR. DEEPAL ABEYSEKARA - Head of Marketing, Public Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility

Mr. Abeysekara joined the People’s Bank in March 2001. To date he counts over 25 years of solid experience in Strategic Business Development and Marketing of Financial Services. He has been responsible for setting up Sales, Marketing and Strategic Business Development Operations and has successfully led Corporate Brands to the top positions in Brand Value.

Mr. Abeysekara 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 Certified Member (CMA) of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

He is a Council Member of the Association of Professional Bankers.

Tell : 0112386381
Fax : 0112422087

deepal@peoplesbank.lk

MS. CHANDANI WERAPITIYA - Deputy General Manager - Strategic Planning & Research

Ms. Chandani Werapitiya is in charge of the Corporate and International Banking Division including Offshore Banking Unit.

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

She is a Member of the Board of Directors of RDB Bank and Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board.

She joined the Bank in June 1987 as a Management Trainee and counts nearly 23 years of experience in the fields of Customer Services, SME/Project Lending, Branch Operations, Corporate Banking and Credit Management.

Tell : 0112481543 / 0112441625
Fax : 0112441569

chandi@peoplesbank.lk

MR. K. B. RAJAPAKSE - Deputy General Manager - Commercial Credit & SME

Mr. Rajapakse is in charge of the Domestic Credit Department. He joined the bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and counts 27 years of experience in the People’s Bank.

He holds a 2nd 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 the bank and at present serves as Deputy General Manager of Domestic Credit, Commercial Credit and Credit Card functions of the 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.

Tell : 0112382345 / 0112481350
Fax : 0112434528

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 26 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 of Sri Lanka.

His overseas and local exposure includes Management Development, Small & Medium Entrepreneur Management, Rehabilitation of ailing projects and strategic Human Resources Management.

Tell : 0112481353
Fax : 0112436597

samaraw@peoplesbank.lk

MR. T. A. ARIYAPALA - Deputy General Manager

Mr. Ariyapala has being functioning as in charge of Co-operatives & Development Banking. His career experience is over 35 years in the Bank.

He holds B.Sc Business Administration Graduate and Degree in Bachelor of Laws. He is an Attorney-at-Law and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (FIBSL). He is also an Associate Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (MAAT).

He has received extensive local and overseas training and gathered experience in Co-operative, Project Lending, Micro Finance, SME, Human Resource Management and Branch Business / Banking.

He is a member of Board of Directors of Regional Development Bank (RDB), an alternate Director to the Governing Board of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL) and a Member of Co-operative Rural Bank Regulatory National Committee.

dgmcoopdev@peoplesbank.lk

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

Mr. Pathirage was appointed as Secretary to the Board of Directors in August 2010. He is also the Company Secretary of People's Leasing Company Ltd., People's Fleet Management Ltd., People's Property Development Ltd., People's Insurance Ltd. and People's Travels (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Pathirage is an Attorney-at-Law and holds a Degree in Law from the University of Colombo, Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Master of Management in Banking from Massey University - New Zealand. He has over 15 year's experience in the Bank.

Tell : 0112436562
Fax : 0112434550

rohanp@peoplesbank.lk

MS. M. S. ARSACULARATNE - Deputy General Manager - Compliance

Ms. Arsacularatne joined the Bank’s service at Grade II level as a Finance Officer and counts over 28 years of service in the Bank.

She has been an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK for the past 32 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. Prior to joining the Bank she had her career training at Ceylon Ceramics Corporation. She also served Ceylon Fisheries Corporation and Agrarian Research & Training Institute as Accountant and State Engineering Corporation as a Special Grade Accountant.

Tell : 0112481421
Fax : 0112434526

srima@peoplesbank.lk

MRS. G. P. R. JAYASINGHE - Deputy General Manager - Retail Banking

Mrs. Renuka Jayasinghe counts over 24 years of service at the People’s Bank. She joined the Bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and has served the Bank in Pelmadulla, Hanwella and Avissawella Branches, as Manager in Eheliyagoda and Hanwella Branches, Zonal Senior Manager (WZ-I), Regional Manager (Kalutara), Asst. General Manager (Services) prior to accepting the post of Actg. Deputy General Manager (Services). She served as Actg. Deputy General Manager (Services) upto 14th November, 2011. She was promoted as Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking) from 16th November, 2011 todate.

She holds a First Class Honours Degree in B.Com from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and has a professional banking qualification AIB – Sri Lanka. She is a Life Member of Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka and Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.
During her banking career, she has participated in various exposure programmes both local and foreign including Management Training Proramme conducted by Japan Sri Lanka Technical & Cultural Association (JASTECA) in Japan and Management Development Programme conducted by Administrative Staff College in India.

Tell : 0112389357 / 0112481347
Fax : 0112385864

renuka@peoplesbank.lk

MR. CLIVE FONSEKA - Head of Treasury & Investment Banking

Mr. Fonseka was appointed as Head of Treasury & Investment Banking on 16th November 2011. He is a member 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. Furthermore he has received a Distinction for the ACI Dealing Certificate and counts more than 17 years experience in Treasury Management.

He joined People’s Bank in 2002, prior to which he served at American Express Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.

Tell : 0112206782 / 0112481526
Fax : 0112458861

clivef@peoplesbank.lk

MR.M.A.BONNIFACE SILVA - Deputy General Manager - Operations Range I/II (Acting) & Cash Management

Mr.Silva joined the bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and counts over 27 years of service in People's Bank.

His career experience of over 27 years , covers the areas of branch business banking at the levels of Branch Manager, Regional Manager, Zonal Assistant General Manager and presently as the Head of the branch network of People’s Bank.

He holds a degree (B.A) from the University of Peradeniya and has a professional banking qualification AIB-Sri Lanka and also he is an associate member of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

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

Tell : 0112451391
Fax : 0112436567

dgmopr11@peoplesbank.lk

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

Mr. B.M. Premanath counts over 26 years of service at People’s Bank. He joined the Bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and has served the Bank in Thanamalwila, Hasalaka, Akurana, Pilimathalawa and Peradeniya as Manager and in Matale Regional Head Office as Assistant Regional Manager, in Polonnaruwa Regional Head Office as Regional Manager and as Assistant General Manager (Central Zone). He was promoted as Deputy General Manager - Banking Support Services on 16th June 2012.

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 local and foreign

Tell : 0112481424 / 0112445021
Fax : 0112325078

bmprem@peoplesbank.lk

MRS. N S THILAKARATNE - Chief Internal Auditor

Ms. Nandanie Thilakarathne was appointed as the Head of the Internal Audit and the Domestic Branch Audit Divisions since August 2010.

She is an Associate Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds a Second Class Honours Degree (B.Sc. Mgt.) in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

She holds the Diploma in Information Systems Security Control and Audit conducted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka with the 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 21 years of experience in the field of Project Lending and Auditing.

Tell : 0112334094
Fax : 0112386490

nandanie@peoplesbank.lk

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

Mr. Rasitha Gunawardana is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accounts, U.K.

Since joining the Bank in 1987, he has served in areas of Finance & Planning; Performance Management; Commercial & Corporate Credit; and Treasury Operations. He is an ACI Certificate (Distinction) holder for Treasury Operations.

Prior to joining the Bank, he has gained industry experience in Hotels Industry, Engineering & Construction Industry and Plantations industry, as an Accounting & Finance professional.

Tell : 0112325097
Fax : 0112436592

rasithag@peoplesbank.lk

MR. G LIONEL - Deputy General Manager - Recoveries

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

He joined the People’s Bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and possesses over 27 years of experience in the fields of Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Development Banking, Credit Recoveries & Rehabilitation and etc. In addition that he has been participated many exposure programmes which includes in the field of Lending to Small & Medium Enterprises carried out by Asian Productivity Centre- Japan and Project Appraisal & follow-up mechanism conducted by Auther Little Inc – USA and Management Development programmes in local and overseas.

Tell : 0112481569
Fax : 0112431033

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 24 years of banking exposure of which mostly in overseas. He was the Financial Controller at HSBC Oman and held Chief Financial Officer positions at Bank Sohar, Oman and Pan Asia Bank in 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 of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.

Tell : 0112481498
Fax : 0112384324

ggmangala@peoplesbank.lk

MR. PRIYANTHA S EDIRISINGHE - Head of Information Technology

Mr. Edirisinghe joined the Bank on 2nd February 2015 as the Head of Information Technology. He holds Bachelor of Commerce (Major in Information Systems) and Master of Commerce from 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 Limited Singapore as 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 Limited Australia, Clarity International Limited Singapore and Sri Lanka Telecom.

Tell : 0112446355 / 0112481615
Fax : 0112389976

Priyantha@peoplesbank.lk

MR. S.WANNIARACHCHI - Acting Deputy General Manager - International Banking

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.

During the Banking career he has followed several local and overseas programmes including SMI & Project Lending, Environment Impact Assessment of Projects, Infrastructure Project Financing, Risk Management in Trade Financing etc.

Tell : 0112334272
Fax : 0112433127

sunilw@peoplesbank.lk

Mr. A. W. WIPULAGUNA - Acting Chief Law Officer

Mr. A W Wipulaguna joined the People’s Bank in December, 1978. He has over 34 years in banking stream and legal experience. During his period of service in the People’s Bank he has held responsible positions in addition to the main stream in the capacity of Law Officer, Senior Law Officer (Human Resources) and Deputy Chief Law Officer (Human Resources and Operations).

He is an Attorney-at-Law. He graduated from the University of Peradeniya. During his banking career he has also followed various international exposure programmes regarding legal systems of Asian Countries, attending international conferences held in various countries. His experience covers the areas of Human Resources, Banking Law, Credit, Recoveries, Corporate Law, Commercial Law and Labour Law.

Tell : 0112473883
Fax : 0112451393

awwipula@peoplesbank.lk