Board of Directors

Mr Gamini Senarath - Chairman

Mr Gamini Senarath assumed duties as Chairman of the People's Bank Group in February 2013.

After graduating from the University of Kelaniya, Mr. Gamini Senarath joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service in the year 1984 as an Assistant Government Agent. Thereafter he served as the Assistant Controller and Deputy Controller of the Department of Immigration & Emigration. He has also functioned in the capacity of Senior Secretary to the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and the Commissioner General of Motor Traffic. He was the former Chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.

Mr. Senarath was appointed as the Chief of Staff to H.E. the President in the year 2009 after his successful tenure as the Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister and as Additional Secretary to the President. Apart from serving as the Chief of Staff to His Excellency the President, he also performs as the Chairman of Litro Gas Lanka Limited, Litro Gas Terminals Lanka (Pvt) Limited and Sri Lanka Insurance Resorts & Spas (Pvt) Limited.

He is a well reputed officer in the Sri Lanka Administrative Service

Mr Jehan P Amaratunga - Director

Mr Jehan Amaratunga is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Fellow Chartered Management Accountant. He was awarded First in Order of Merit Prize at the final level examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Mr Amaratunga currently serves as the Executive Deputy Chairman of MTD Walkers PLC Sri Lanka, which is a leading infrastructure development company that is listed on the Main Board of the Colombo Stock Exchange. He is presently the Chairman of People’s Insurance PLC and a Director at People’s Merchant Bank PLC.

He has over 26 years of extensive experience in Finance and Management and has been a consultant and Director to large number of corporations and private entities. Amongst his many achievements was the presentation of a paper titled “Value for Money Accounting” at the National Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He was also a Member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Mrs Lakshmi K. Sangakkara - Director

Mrs L K Sangakkara was appointed to the Board of Directors of People’s Bank in May 2010. She is also the current Chairperson of People’s Travels (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of People’s Bank, and serves as a Board Member of People’s Leasing Fleet Management Ltd and Sri Lankan Airlines.

She is an Attorney-at-Law.

Mrs Sangakkara served as a Board Member of Sellers Sportswear Garments, Ronbro International Garments, and Sun Island Village Holiday Resort. Ms Sangakkara has a vast amount of experience, over 32 years in the fields of Law, Management, Marketing, Hospitality and Apparels.

Mrs Dharma N. Gammampila - Director

Mrs Dharma N Gammampila was appointed to the Board of Directors of People’s Bank in May 2010 as a Non-Executive Director. She is also a member of the Board of People’s Insurance Ltd.

Mrs Gammampila qualified as an Attorney at Law with First Class Honours. She is also a Notary Public and a Registered Company Secretary of Sri Lanka and a Solicitor of England and Wales. She counts over 36 year experience in England and Sri Lanka. She held the position of Company Secretary of Forbes and Walker Ltd and was Director – Legal and HR of the subsidiary companies of the Forbes and Walker Group for a period of thirteen years. Whilst, currently serving as Director in private Companies involved in plantations, travel, tourism and hospitality. Mrs Gammampila is actively involved in the practice of Corporate Law, Employment Law and Conveyancing.

Mr. Pawara Dassanayake - Director

Mr Pawara Dassanayake was appointed to the Directorate of the People’s Bank in February, 2011.

He is also a Director of People’s Travels (Pvt) Ltd, a subsidiary of Peoples Bank.

He is an eminent entrepreneur who counts more than 16 years experience in the field of business. Mr Dassnayake is also the Chairman of Building Materials Corporation Ltd.

Mr. G.K.D.Amarawardena - Director

Mr.Gamini Kithsiri Dias Amarawardena was appointed as a Director of People’s Bank in March, 2013.

Mr.Amarawardena holds a B.Sc. (Hon) degree in Physics from the University of Peradeniya, Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Technology from the University of Colombo and Masters in Public Policy from National University of Singapore.

He is a Senior Member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service and presently the Secretary of Ministry of Co-operative & Internal Trade. During his career of twenty nine years in Sri Lanka Administrative Service, he has held several positions in the capacities of Secretary – Ministry of Public Management Reforms, Additional Secretary – Ministry of Disaster Management & Human Rights, Senior Consultant – Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration, Director (Planning) – Ministry of Vocational Training & Rural Industries, Deputy Director – Career Guidance Division of the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Assistant Secretary – Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Assistant Government Agent in Akuress,Matara, Assistant Director of Combined services – Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs. Mr.Amarawardena also has foreign exposure in Italy, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Nepal, Thailand, Switzerland, & Korea.

At present, he also serves as a Board member of the Export Development Board, People’s Travels (Pvt) Ltd - subsidiary of People’s Bank and as trustee of the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund.

Mr. R M P Ratnayake - Director

Mr.Ratnayake holds a Masters Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Agriculture & Natural Resources Management from Agricultural University, Norway (2000) and B.Sc. (Special) Degree in Agricultural Economics (1992) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

He is currently holding the position of Director General in the Department of External Resources, Ministry of Finance and Planning and has been in the Public Services for almost 19 Years.

Mr.Ratnayake joined the Ministry of Finance and Planning as an Assistant Director, in 1994. He was attached to the Department of National Planning and Promoted as a Deputy Director and subsequently as the Director in-charge of Human Development Cluster. In January 2011 he assumed duties as the Director in-charge of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Division of the External Resources Department.

Mr.Ratnayake serves as a member of the Board of Management of the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka. And also as a member of the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy (CAARP).

Presently Mr.Ratnayake is a Visiting Consultant / Lecturer of the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) and Member of the Sri Lanka Economic Association. To the account of Mr.Ratnayake, there are several research papers published in local and international journals.

Mr. Piyadasa Kudabalage - Director

B.Com (Hons) [University of Kelaniya], FCA,FCMA, FCPM

Mr Kudabalage was appointed to the People’s Bank as a Non Independent Non Executive Director with effect from 26th April, 2013.

Mr. Kudabalage is the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Litro Gas Lanka Ltd, Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Canwill Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Sinolanka Hotels & Spa (Pvt) Ltd, Taprobane Hotels & Spa (Pvt) Ltd, Helanco Hotels & Spa (Pvt) Ltd and Canowin Hotels and Spas (Pvt) Ltd and he is the Chairman of People’s Merchant Finance PLC. He is the Executive Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd and Management Services Rakshana (Pvt) Ltd. He also serves the Boards of Colombo Dockyard PLC, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (Pvt) Ltd – Maldives, People’s Leasing & Finance PLC, People’s Leasing Property Development Ltd, People’s Leasing Havelock Properties Ltd, People’s Microfinance Ltd as a director and a Senior Partner of M/s P Kudabalage & Company, Chartered Accountants.

He has well over 30 years experience in the mercantile sector and held several senior positions prior to assuming the duties of aforesaid companies.

Mr. Kudabalage is the Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer of Litro Gas Lanka Ltd, Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Canwill Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Sinolanka Hotels & Spa (Pvt) Ltd, Taprobane Hotels & Spa (Pvt) Ltd, Helanco Hotels & Spa (Pvt) Ltd and Canowin Hotels and Spas (Pvt) Ltd and he is the Chairman of People’s Merchant Finance PLC. He is the Executive Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd and Management Services Rakshana (Pvt) Ltd. He also serves the Boards of Colombo Dockyard PLC, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (Pvt) Ltd – Maldives, People’s Leasing & Finance PLC, People’s Leasing Property Development Ltd, People’s Leasing Havelock Properties Ltd, People’s Leasing Fleet Management Ltd, People’s Microfinance Ltd as a director and a Senior Partner of M/s P Kudabalage & Company, Chartered Accountants.

He has well over 30 years experience in the mercantile sector and held several senior positions prior to assuming the duties of aforesaid companies.