MR. N. VASANTHA KUMAR - Chief Executive Officer/General Manager
Mr. N. Vasantha Kumar holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a 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 Merchant Finance PLC, People’s Travels (Pvt) Ltd., People’s Insurance Ltd., People’s Property Development Ltd., People’s Leasing Havelock Property Ltd., Credit Information Bureau, the National Payment Council and Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd. He is a member of the Governing Board of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.
He is a Past President of the Association of Primary Dealers and Sri Lanka Forex Association.
MR. K.B. RAJAPAKSE - Senior Deputy General Manager – Retail Banking
Mr. Rajapakse is in-charge to the Process Management, Retail Banking and
Digitalization of the Bank. He joined the Bank in 1987 as a Management Trainee and
counts 30 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
Senior Deputy General Manager - Retail Banking of the Bank.
Mr. Rajapakse serves as a Director of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, an Alternate
Director of the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka, Director of Regional
Development Bank and Director of Agricultural and Agrarian Insurance Board.
Mr. M.A. Bonniface Silva - Senior Deputy General Manager – Banking Operations
Mr. Silva joined the Bank in 1987 and accounts for 30 years of deep-rooted knowledge
and experience in branch business banking. He currently is responsible for managing
the Bank’s ‘industry leading’ branch network of 737 – spread through-out the country. In
addition, he oversees all operational activities in branches and relating to its 500-plus
supplementary network composed of ATMs, CDMs and Kiosks. Mr. Silva’s experience
encompasses managing branch business banking at all levels starting from Branch
Manager, to Regional Manager, to Zonal Assistant General Manager to his current role
of being Senior Deputy General Manager – Banking Operations. With extensive local
and international training/exposure on the subject matter of his specialty, Mr. Silva is a
Degree Holder (B.A.) from the University of Peradeniya and has a professional banking
qualification, AIB – Sri Lanka. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of
Bankers of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Rasitha Gunawardana counts 30 years of service at People’s Bank. He joined the
Bank as a Senior Finance Officer in 1987. He has gained experience covering areas of
Finance, Performance Management, Corporate & Commercial Credit, Treasury
Operations, Credit Control and Risk Management. Prior to joining People’s Bank, he
had gained experience in both private and public sectors in industries covering travel &
hotels, plantation management and construction. He is an Associate Member of the
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).
Ms. Chandani Werapitiya- Deputy General Manager – Strategic Planning and Performance Management
Ms. Chandani Werapitiya is in charge of Strategic Planning and Performance Management of
the Bank 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 holds Fellowship in Banking (FIB) in Sri Lanka. She joined the Bank in June 1987 as a
Management Trainee. She has been working in the Bank for 30 years in a wide spectrum of
fields ranging from corporate and institutional banking, international banking, customer services,
SME/project lending, branch operations, credit management and in the Strategic Planning and
Research Department. She did research activities, conducted Annual Research Conference,
headed the Pulse Magazine being in the editorial board. She has been appointed to revamp the
research activities of the Bank in order to streamline research and strategic planning activities.
She contributes to the banking industry as Researcher, Lecturer and a Professional Banker.
She is an Alternate Director to the Governing Board of the Institute of Bankers’ of Sri Lanka (IBSL) and a Board Member of the International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (ICCSL) and a Member of the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce (WCIC). She was a Director of the Regional Development Bank (RDB) and was a Board Member of the Interim Committee of the Sri Lanka Handicraft Board (SLHB).
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 30 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 Jayewardenepura 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
MR. R. PATHIRAGE - Deputy General Manager - Secretary to the Board of Directors
Mr. Pathirage holds a Law Degree (LLB) 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 PLC, People’s Fleet Management Ltd., People’s Property Development Ltd., and People’s Travel’s (Pvt) Ltd. He has over 22 years of experience in the Bank.
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 30 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 and Asst.
General Manager, Deputy General Manager (Cooperative and Development) and Deputy
General Manager (Retail Banking). Presently, she is working as the Deputy General Manager
(Process Management and Quality Assurance). She holds a First Class Special Degree in
B.Com. from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and has a professional banking qualification
(AIB), Sri Lanka. She is a Life Member of Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka and
the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.
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 23 years experience in Treasury Management. Furthermore he is 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.
MR. B.M. PREMANATH - Deputy General Manager – Banking Support Services
Mr. B.M. Premanath counts 30 years of service at People’s Bank. He joined the Bank in 1987 as
a Management Trainee and has served the Bank as a manager in several branches. Then he
served as Assistant Regional Manager and as Regional Manager respectively. He became an
Assistant General Manager in the Central Zone. Now he is serving 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.
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 30 years of service at the Bank. His variety of experience
covers the areas of retail banking, corporate banking, project financing, credit administration and
recoveries. He holds a B.Com. (Special) degree from University of Sri Jayewardenepura and an
(LLB) 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.
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 Systems) 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 PLC.
Mr. Sunil Wanniarachchi - Deputy General Manager – Recoveries
Mr. Sunil Wanniarachchi joined 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 a B.Sc. (Special) Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and soon after the
graduation, he worked there as a Demonstrator and Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry. He too
obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colombo. He is
an Associate of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. Recently, he held the positions of
President and Senior Vice-President in professional bodies such as Association of the Institute
of Bankers of Sri Lanka and Trade Finance Association of Bankers respectively. He is also a
member of the Governing Board of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka for a period of three years
effective from 1st February 2017.
Mr. W.K.S.B. Nandana is an Attorney-at-Law and also holds a LL.B. Degree from the University of Colombo. He counts over 38 years of service in both the banking and legal fraternity. During the period of his service, he has served in International Division, Galle Region, Western Zone – I, Special Assets Unit and Legal Department. His experience covers the areas of Company Law, Commercial Law and Labour Law, in addition to his knowledge in Banking and Credit Recoveries. During his service he has undergone several exposure programmes both locally and overseas, especially on Management and Leadership Development and
Judiciary System in Asia.
MRS. S. PRATHAPASINGHE - Deputy General Manager - International Banking
Mrs. Shobani Prathapasinghe joined the People’s Bank in 1990 and has over 27 years of experience. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK (ACMA/CGMA) and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (FCMA) – Sri Lanka. She also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Western Sydney (Australia) and a Masters Degree in Financial Economics (MAFE) from the University of Colombo. She has gained wide experience in the areas of SME Project financing, Management/Financial Accounting, Management Information, Performance Management, Corporate Banking, Commercial Credit and International Banking. Prior to joining the People’s Bank, she has worked both in the Public and the Private Sectors and has gathered experiences mainly in Merchant Banking activities by working in the People’s Merchant Bank and the Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka Ltd.
MR. R. KODITUWAKKU - Deputy General Manager - Off Shore Operations & Digitalization
Mr. Ranjith Kodituwakku has over 34 years of banking experience in a wide spectrum of areas covering consumer banking, commercial banking, corporate banking, off-shore banking and international banking. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colombo and is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.
MRS. ARUNI GOONETILLEKE - Head of Corporate Banking
Ms. Aruni Goonetilleke has over 23 years of global and regional banking experience in Corporate Banking, Commercial Banking, SME, Branch Banking, Risk Management and Audit. Immediately prior to joining People’s Bank, she was the Head of Credit for Commercial Banking at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore and the Chief Risk Officer of Standard Chartered Bank, Sri Lanka. She has a Masters in Law from Harvard Law School, USA and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from the University of Colombo. Ms. Goonetilleke was a founder member of the Association of Banking Sector Risk Professionals, EXCO member of the Women’s Chamber of Industry and Commerce and a member of the Finance Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. She is an Associate Member of the Singapore Institute of Directors, was on the EXCO of the Harvard Club of Singapore and is a Board Director of the Overseas School of Colombo. She was also a Lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Department of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.
MR. AZZAM A AHAMAT - HEAD OF FINANCE
Mr. Ahamat joined People’s Bank on 3rd January 2017. He has over 15 years’ experience both locally and internationally across strategic financial management, alternate investments and enterprise risk. His prior employers include some of the largest multi-national professional service firms and other Tier 1 service providers across respective market spaces. He benefits from being a Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (UK), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK), Certified Practicing Accountants (AUST.), Institute of Risk Management (UK) and Chartered Institute of Credit Management (UK).
MR. E A D J PRIYASHANTHA - CHIEF INTERNAL AUDITOR
Mr. Janitha Priyashantha is a Fellow Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and an Associate member of IBSL and a certified Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants Australia and holds a B. Com. Special Degree with a Second Class Upper Division. He has commenced his career at Export Development Board in 1988 and joined the Auditor Generals Department as an Audit Examiner in the same year. In 1991 he has joined the Government Accountants Service and has served in many Government Departments as an Accountant until he joined the Bank in 1994 as a Management Trainee. After serving in the branch network for six years, he has joined the Internal Audit Department in the year 2000. He has gained wide experience in internal auditing with local and overseas exposures.
MRS. M A D MUDITHA KARUNARATHNE – Additional Chief Law Officer
Mrs. Muditha Karunarathne is an Attorney-at- Law with over 30 years experience holding a "Post
Attorney's Diploma in Banking and Insurance" and was the winner of the Banking Law price
(2007). Soon after passing out as an Attorney-at- Law she joined the Chambers of late Mr.
J.E.P.Deraniyagala President's Counsel and thereafter worked as an Asst. to, Chief Law Officer
& the Company Secretary to the Browns Group of Companies. She joined People’s Bank as an
Asst. Law Officer in 1992 and handled legal work in Kalutara & Galle Regions Legal Dpt. Head
Office and the Land Redemption Department. She was promoted to the position of Senior Law
Officer in 2006 and as a Senior Law Officer, supervised the legal work in Head Office and North
& North Eastern Provinces. In 2007 she joined the Petroleum Resources Development
Secretariat, the Regulatory Authority of Upstream Oil & Gas Industry in Sri Lanka, functions
under the Ministry as the Director Legal & Land and during this era she served as the Secretary
to the Petroleum Resources Development Committee . During her thirty years experience as an
Attorney-at- Law she gained immense exposure by participating in many local and international
programmes, events and forums.