MR. J DURAIRATNAM - CHAIRMAN
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in August 2018 and appointed Chairman in July 2019.
Mr Durairatnam possesses extensive experience in banking having been with Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC covering a period of 36 years. He served as a Director of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC from April 2012 to July 2014 and as the Managing Director/CEO from July 2014 until his retirement on 26 July 2018.
He has served in several other senior management positions at Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC including Chief Operating Officer, Deputy General Manager – International, Assistant General Manager- International and Head of Imports. His experience covers all aspects of international trade, off-shore banking, credit and operations.He has also held the position of Managing Director of Commercial Development Company PLC and has served as a Director on the Board of Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd.
Mr Durairatnam holds a BSc from the University of Peradeniya and an Executive Diploma from the University of Colombo.
MR. N H T I PERERA - DIRECTOR/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in July 2019.
Mr Thimal Perera is the Chief Executive Officer of DFCC Bank PLC from 1 January 2022. He possesses extensive experience in banking at senior positions, having been with the HSBC Group, both in Sri Lanka & Overseas, the Commercial Bank of Qatar, Barclays Bank Plc, UAE and at Hatton National Bank.
He is a Director of Acuity Partners Ltd, Synapsys Ltd., and Acuity Stock Brokers (Pvt) Ltd. He has also served as a Board member of HNB Assurance Plc, HNB General Insurance Ltd and HNB Grameen Finance Ltd.
Mr Perera is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) – UK.
MS. V J SENARATNE - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in July 2015.
Ms Senaratne presently holds the position of Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary of Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC and Company Secretary of Periceyl (Pvt) Limited. She is a Director of Paradise Resort Pasikudah (Pvt) Limited and Amethyst Leisure Limited and an Alternate Director of Melstacorp Limited and Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC.
She has 37 years of professional experience and is well versed in the field of litigation, commercial law, conveyancing and company secretarial practices. She held the position of Company Secretary at Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation PLC from May 2003 to 2009 and served as a Legal Officer at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
Ms Senaratne is an Attorney-at-Law and Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths having admitted to the Bar on 25 August 1977 and also a solicitor of England and Wales.
MS. L K A H FERNANDO - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank in November 2017.
Ms Fernando started her career at Kreston MNS & Co, a correspondent firm of Grant Thornton International – Sri Lanka Division, a firm of Chartered Accountants and counts over 20 years of professional and commercial experience in the fields of Auditing, Finance and Management.
She is currently the Chief Executive Officer/ Executive Director of R I L Property PLC.
She is also a director of Readywear Industries Ltd, Foodbuzz (Pvt ) Ltd, R I L Trust Ltd, United Motors Lanka PLC, TVS Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Unimo Enterprises Ltd, Orient Motor Company Ltd and UML Heavy Equipment Ltd. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Audit Committee of United Motors Lanka PLC.
Ms Fernando is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Sri Lanka and a member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka.
MR. N K G K NEMMAWATTA - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in December 2018.
Mr N K G K Nemmawatta is presently the Additional Secretary (Development) Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs.
He has held several executive positions in the public sector. He has served as the Director General – Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Finance, the Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education & Highways and the Ministry of Environment. He has also served as Director, Sri Lanka Samurdhi Authority, Sri Lanka Customs and Department of Trade, Tariff & Investment Policy.
Mr Nemmawatta holds a B Com (Sp) from the University of Colombo. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Devolution and Local Government Studies from the University of Colombo and an MSc in Management from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He is also a Licentiate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.
MRS. H M N S GUNAWARDANA - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in July 2020.
Mrs. Gunawardana has over 35 years of diverse experience. She is currently the Joint Managing Partner – Capital City Law, Senior Legal Consultant – CHEC Port City Colombo, and Group Legal Consultant – International Distilleries. She is also a member of the Company Law Advisory Commission of Sri Lanka.
Mrs. Gunawardana started her career at Julius & Creasy and proceeded to the Legal Division, Central Bank of Sri Lanka. She has held several senior public service positions including Legal Advisor – Department of Fiscal Policy and Economic Affairs, Senior Assistant Secretary (Legal) – Ministry of Finance, and Director General – Legal Affairs Department of the General Treasury. As Project Director, she led the Fiscal Reforms Project and the Fiscal Management Reform Program of the ADB/Ministry of Finance, and the Legal and Judicial Reforms Project of the World Bank/Ministry of Justice. She underwent extensive foreign training including programs at HIID/Harvard University (USA), Amsterdam Institute of Finance, LKY School of Public Policy (Singapore), Commonwealth Secretariat (London), and the World Bank (Washington D.C.). She has previously served as a Director of Renuka City Hotels PLC and as the Government Nominee Director of DFCC Bank PLC and Information & Technology Agency of Sri Lanka.
Mrs. Gunawardana is an Attorney-at-Law with a Master’s Degree in Commercial Law from the United Kingdom.
MR. H A J DE SILVA WIJEYERATNE - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in July 2020.
Mr De Silva Wijeyeratne counts over 28 years of experience in the fields of general management, financial management and auditing which has been acquired while being employed at Investcorp Bank, Bahrain, Grindlays Bahrain Bank, Ernst & Young, Bahrain and Ernst & Young, Sri Lanka. In addition, he has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (Pvt) Limited (SLINTEC) for over 5 years (2013 to 2019).
He is currently an Independent Director of Union Assurance PLC, and is the Chairman of the Board Audit and Compliance Committee. He currently also holds the position of the Audit Committee Chairman of MAS Holdings and is a business consultant for ZONE 24×7 an IT company involved in data analytics and machine learning. He is also a member of the Gamini Corea Trust, a Trustee of the SLINTEC Endowment Trust Fund and remains the Founder/Owner of Avastha Financial Advisory Services.
Mr De Silva Wijeyeratne is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.
MR. N VASANTHA KUMAR - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in September 2021.
Mr Vasantha Kumar counts over 40 years of experience in banking having been with ANZ Grindlays Bank for over 22 years and thereafter at Peoples Bank for over 18 years. During his period of service at Peoples Bank, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager of Peoples Bank for a period of 8 years.
He is currently a director of Ceylinco Insurance PLC, Senkadagala Finance PLC, Asset Trust Management (Pvt) Ltd, and Safe Holdings (Pvt) Ltd.
He has previously served as a director of Peoples Leasing & Finance PLC, Peoples Insurance PLC, Peoples Merchant Finance PLC, Peoples Travels Ltd, Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd and the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka. He was a past president of Sri Lanka FOREX Association and the Association of Primary Dealers.
Mr Vasantha Kumar holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wales, UK.
MS. A L THAMBIAYAH - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in October 2021.
Ms. Arnila Lakshmi Thambiayah has worked as an Executive at Keells Hotel Management and John Keells Holdings – New Business Development and Group Initiatives for two and a half years. She commenced work at Hotel Renuka and Renuka City Hotel in 2008 and is currently the Jt. Managing Director of both Renuka Hotels PLC and Renuka City Hotels PLC.
She is also a director of Cargo Boat Development Co. PLC, Renuka Consultants and Services Ltd, Renuka Properties Ltd, Lancaster Holdings Ltd, Amalgamated Theaters (Pvt) Ltd and Portfolio Management Services (Pvt) Ltd.
Ms. Thambiayah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham, UK. and a Master of Science in International Business and Management from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.