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. DEEPAL ABEYSEKARA - Head of Marketing and Research
Mr. Deepal Abeysekera – Head of Marketing and Research of People’s Bank is better known for his capabilities in strategic business development and brand building in financial Services Industry. He has been responsible for setting up sales, marketing and strategic business development operations in financial sector organisations and has successfully lead corporate brands to top positions in their respective industries in brand value and market leadership.
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 a past President of the Board of Management of The Management Club (TMC) and a Past President of the Association of Professional Bankers (Sri Lanka), and Country Advisory Council Member – Global Marketing Network (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 nearly 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. K.B. RAJAPAKSE - Deputy General Manager –Enterprise Banking
Mr. Rajapakse is in-charge to the Development and Micro Finance, SME, and Commercial Credit Departments 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 Deputy General Manager (Enterprise 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. 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 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 Management.
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. M.S. ARSACULARATNE - Deputy General Manager – Compliance
Ms. Arsacularatne joined the Bank’s service as a Senior Finance Officer, and counts over 31 years of service in the Bank. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) for the past 35 years. She is a Chartered Global Management Accountant, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Sri Lanka) and a Licentiate of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She is an Attorney-at-Law and holds a Commonwealth Executive Master of Business Administration Degree and 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 has had over eight years of professional work experience prior to joining the Bank. Having started her career at the Ceylon Ceramics Corporation as a Trainee Accountant, she served at the Ceylon Fisheries Corporation and Agrarian Research and Training Institute as an Accountant and in the State Engineering Corporation as a Special Grade Accountant.
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 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. M.A. Bonniface Silva - Deputy General Manager – Channel Management
Mr. Silva joined the Bank in 1987 and accounts for over 29 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 Deputy General Manager – Channel Management. 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. 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 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. Rasitha Gunawardana counts over 29 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).
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 28 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 AHAMET - 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 I 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.