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. L H A L SILVA - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in October 2015 and appointed as Chief Executive Officer in August 2017.
Mr Silva functioned as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of DFCC Bank PLC from 1st October 2015 until his appointment as the CEO.
He started his professional career with the Department of Inland Revenue of Sri Lanka & joined DFCC Banking Group in 1987. He was seconded to the service of DFCC Vardhana Bank (DVB) in 2003 from DFCC Bank and functioned as the Chief Operating Officer of DVB during the period 2003 to 2010 and later as the Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director of DFCC Vardhana Bank during the period January 2010 to September 2015.
He is a Director of Lanka Financial Services Bureau, Sri Lanka Banks Association (Guarantee) Ltd, Synapsys Limtied, Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd, Acuity Securities Ltd, Lanka Industrial Estates Ltd, Lanka Ventures PLC, LVL Energy Fund Ltd and DFCC Consulting (Pvt) Ltd. He is also a past President of the Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Silva holds a Bachelor of Commerce Special Degree from University of Kelaniya and Master of Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura.
MR. P M B FERNANDO - SENIOR DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in July 2013.
Mr Fernando is an Executive Director of Laugfs Lubricants Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Asia Asset Finance PLC. A former Partner of KPMG Ford, Rhodes, Thornton & Company, Mr Fernando has extensive experience in financial services. He has functioned as the Group Finance Director of Confifi Group and Finance Director – Asia Region Virtusa (Pvt) Limited. In 2005, he became the Managing Director of Capital Reach Group and was appointed as Director/Chief Executive Officer of Softlogic Finance PLC following the consolidation of activities of Capital Reach Group under Softlogic Finance PLC.
Mr Fernando is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK. He holds a BSc (Applied Science) degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
MS. S R THAMBIAYAH - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in March 2015.
Ms Thambiayah is a Joint Managing Director of Renuka Hotels Limited and Renuka City Hotels PLC of which she was the General Manager from 2001 to 2010 prior to assuming the current position with the Company. She is also a Director of Cargo Boat Development Co. PLC, Crescent Launderers & Dry Cleaners (Pvt) Limited, Renuka Consultants & Services Limited, Renuka Properties Limited, Lancaster Holdings Limited, Portfolio Management Services (Pvt) Limited and Renuka Land (Pvt) Limited. She was a Director of DFCC Vardhana Bank PLC during the period September 2012 to February 2015.
Ms Thambiayah holds a BA (Hons.) degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham, UK and a Master of Management degree in Hospitality from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, USA.
MR. K P COORAY - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank in March 2015.
Mr Cooray has held several executive positions in several companies including Ceylinco Group, Richard Peiris Group and the Maharaja Organisation. He was instrumental in setting up Rivira Media Corporation (Pvt) Limited under the Richard Peiris Group and served there as founder Director and Chief Executive Officer. The two flagship newspapers launched under his direction, ‘Rivira’ and ‘The Nation’, continue to be widely read national newspapers in Sri Lanka. During his stint at the Maharaja Group, he worked as a Consultant, supervising, streamlining and ensuring executive co-ordination of news broadcasts by the TV and Radio stations belonging to the company.
Mr Cooray holds a BA (Hons.) degree in Political Science and Law from the University of Middlesex.
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.
MR. N H T I PERERA - DIRECTOR
Appointed to the Board of DFCC Bank PLC in July 2019.
Mr Thimal Perera is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of DFCC Bank PLC from 15 June 2017. 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.
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.
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.