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

Mr. Jehan Amaratunga is an Associate Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and was awarded First in Order of Merit Prize at the final level examination.

He has over 24 years of extensive experience in Finance and Management and has been a Consultant and Director to a large number of corporations and private entities. He is currently the Country Head of MTD Walkers PLC Sri Lanka, overseeing the operations of MTD Walkers and its subsidiaries. Amongst his many achievements, he has presented a paper titled "Value for Money Accounting" at the National Conference of The Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in 1987. He was also a Member of the Governing Council of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Ms. Lakshmi Kumari Sangakkara

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 fully-owned subsidiary of People's Bank, and serves as a Board Member of People's Leasing Fleet Management Ltd.

She is an Attorney-at-Law.

Mrs. Sangakkara served in the Directors Board of Sellers Sportswear Garments, Ronbro International Garments, and Sun Island Village Holiday Resort. Mrs. Sangakkara has a vast amount of experience around 30 years in the fields of Law, Management, Marketing, Hospitality and Apparels.

Mrs. Dharma N. Gammampila

Mrs. Dharma N. Gammampila was appointed to the Board of Directors of People's Bank in May 2010.

Mrs. Gammampila is an Attorneyat- Law and a registered Company Secretary of Sri Lanka and a Solicitor of England and Wales. She counts over 30 years of experience in England and Sri Lanka. She was the Company Secretary of Forbes and Walker Ltd. and Director Legal and HR of the subsidiary companies of the Forbes and Walker Group for well over 10 years. Mrs. Gammampila also serves as Director in a number of private companies.

Mr. Pawara Dassanayake

Mr. Pawara Dassanayake was appointed to the directorate of the People’s Bank on 21.02.2011.

He is an eminent entrepreneur who counts more than 15 years of experience in the field of business. Mr. Dassanayake is also the Chairman of Building Materials Corporation Ltd.

Mr. G.K.D.Amarawardena

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 and Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Technology from the University of Colombo, 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 and as trustee of the Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund.

Mr. R M P Ratnayake

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 Additional Director General (Development Finance), 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. In May 2011 he has been promoted to the current Position of Additional Director General.

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

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

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

Mr.Piyadasa Kudabalage is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He holds a B.Com (Hons) Degree from the University of Kelaniya. He is also fellow member of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Piyadasa Kudabalage is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He holds a B.Com (Hons) Degree from the University of Kelaniya. He is also a fellow member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Institute of Certified Professional Managers of Sri Lanka.

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.