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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


C. Ramachandra - Chairman

Mr. C. Ramachandra - Non-Executive Director

Mr. C. Ramachandra is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) having passed out in 1975 and counts forty two years experience in the fields of Auditing, Tea Exports, Financial Services and Packaging. He is presently the Competent Authority of Hotel Developers PLC, the owning company of the Colombo Hilton. Mr. Ramachandra is a past President of the Chartered Accountants Students’ Society of Sri Lanka and is a double prize winner in Accounts at the exams conducted by the ICASL in 1972 and 1974. He was also a CIMA Accounts World Prize winner in 1976. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, he served as a Partner of Messrs Hulugalle, Samarasinghe & Company from 1975 - 1978. He joined Lipton Ceylon Ltd in 1978 as Assistant Financial Accountant and left in 1992 as Chief Accountant/Company Secretary. During this period he served six months in the UK Head Office of Lipton UK. He has attended Unilever PLC Management courses in the United Kingdom (02), India (01) and Malaysia (01). From 1992 to 1995 he was the General Manager of the Commercial Bank of Ceylon’s Fund Management Company. From 1995 to 2004 he was the Finance Manager/Company Secretary of Varna Ltd the pioneer in the field of flexible packaging in this country. In November 2004 he took up appointment as Chief Financial Officer of the Uni Walkers Group. In early 2005 he was appointed to the Board of Uni Walker Packaging Ltd, a post he held until his retirement in April 2015. He also served as a Non-Executive Director of Sathosa Retail Ltd, the privatised retail arm of the CWE in 2003/04.

He also served as an independent Director on the Boards of Capital Reach Holdings Ltd, Capital Reach Credit Ltd and ,Capital Reach Leasing Ltd (now Softlogic Finance) from 2007 – 2010. He is also an Independent Non–Executive Director of UB Finance Ltd from October 2013.


Rajiv Gunawardena - Director/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rajiv Gunawardena - Director/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Rajiv Gunawardena is the Chief Executive Officer / Director of Asia Asset Finance PLC. He was appointed to the Board in December 2009. He is responsible for setting and implementing the organisation’s vision and strategy and for the management of the entire organisation’s operations. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Systems from the United Kingdom and has completed his Masters of Professional Accounting at Monash University Australia. Prior to joining Asia Asset Finance he has worked in the capacity of Senior Investment Analyst at Asia Capital PLC. He was a lecturer in Accounting at the Australian College of Business and Technology.

Dayangani Priyanthi Pieris - Non-Executive Director

Dayangani Priyanthi Pieris - Non-Executive Director

Mrs. Priyanthi Pieris is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and has over 36 years of experience in Corporate and Financial Law. She is also a solicitor of England & Wales. She currently runs her own private practice. She served on the Boards of Forbes & Walker Ltd., Forbes Ceylon Ltd., Forbes Stock Brokers Ltd., Forbes Air Services Ltd. (General Sales Agent for Emirates), Vanik Corporate Services Ltd., Office Network (Pvt) Ltd., Capital Reach (Holdings) Ltd. and Associated Motorways Ltd. Mrs. Pieris currently serves on the Boards of Associated Electrical Corporation Ltd., Abans Electricals PLC, Asia Asset Finance PLC, Lanka Orix Finance PLC, PW Corporate Secretarial (Pvt) Ltd., MTN Corporate Consultants (Pvt) Ltd., and Sithijaya Fund (Pvt) Ltd. She is also a member of the Committees set up by the SEC to recommend amendments to the Takeovers & Mergers Code1995 (as amended) and the Rule for Corporate Governance.


Thusitha Perera - Independent Non-Executive Director

Thusitha Perera - Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Thusitha Perera was appointed to the Board of Asia Asset Finance PLC as a Non-Executive, Director on 17th December 2013 and is also presently the Group Chief Financial Officer of Asia Capital PLC. He started his career at Kreston M.N.S. & Co. (Correspondent Firm of Grant Thornton International) in 1991 in the field of auditing and management consultancy and thereafter joined several leading mercantile companies and has held many senior positions in finance and general management. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka with over 22 years of experience in finance and auditing, both locally and internationally.


George Alexander - Non-Executive Director

George Alexander - Non-Executive Director

George Alexander has done his Master’s in Business Administration from University of North Carolina’s – Kenan & Flagler Business School and bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala TKM College of Engineering. He is currently work as Senior Vice President of Muthoot Finance taking care of operations in the State of Karnataka ,Goa & south of Telangana , he also has the additional responsibility monitoring of global operations of The Muthoot Group in U.S.A. He is presently on the board of other group companies namely Muthoot Insurance Brokers & Belstar Finance & Investments. Muthoot Finance is the Gold Loan (NBFC) Company and is the flagship company of The Muthoot Group. It was listed in 2011 and is traded in BSE & NSE. It is the largest Gold Loan Company in the country. Apart from Muthoot Finance, The Muthoot Group has 16 other divisions, to name a few are Hospitality, Health Care, Equity & Commodity Trading, Insurance broking etc. The group is four generations old and George Alexander represents the fourth generation. Prior to joining his family business George had worked for ING & Kotak Mahindra Bank in India.

He was the Chair of Confederation of Indian Industries – Young Indians Bangalore Chapter in 2015. He is presently the Finance Chair of Entrepreneur’s Organisation Bangalore. George was one among the ten Indians chosen to represent India for AIYD (Australia India Youth Dialogue) at Sydney and Melbourne in 2013.


K R Bijimon - Non Executive Director / Chief General Manager (Muthoot Finance Limited)

K R Bijimon - Non Executive Director

Mr. K R Bijimon started his career as Manager (Finance) with Muthoot Bankers in the year 1996. During 21 years of his service he led the transformation of Muthoot Bankers to the present day Muthoot Finance Ltd and over the years he rose to the position of Chief General Manager of the company. Under his leadership, the company grew manifold and today has become the largest lender of Gold Loans in the country and perhaps the largest in the world too.

As Chief General Manager, he is also responsible for driving growth across the diversified business portfolios of the Group such as Money Transfer division, International Remittance & Foreign Exchange, ATM division and is also responsible for expansion of business globally. Muthoot Group today has a global presence with successful businesses in countries like USA, UK, UAE, Singapore and Sri Lanka. The group is planning to start its operations in Italy shortly. Mr. Bijimon also assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer for Global Operations of the Muthoot Group. Presently, he also holds Directorship in companies like Muthoot Forex Ltd, Muthoot Securities Ltd, Muthoot Commodities Ltd, Muthoot Homefin (India) Ltd, Muthoot Royalex Services Pvt. Ltd, Belstar Investment and Finance Pvt. Ltd (subsidiary of Muthoot Finance) and Asia Asset Finance PLC (Sri Lanka). Mr. Bijimon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB), a Bachelor’s Degree in Science (BSc) and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB) and a Fellow Member of Certified Management Accountants (FCMA), Institute of Sri Lanka.


Kiran G - Non- Executive Director

K R Bijimon - Non Executive Director

Kiran G presently functions as the Head of the Internal Audit & Inspection Department of Muthoot Finance Limited. He graduated from the Kerala University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics. He is also a Chartered Accountant from of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India. He presently functions as the Head of the Internal Audit & Inspection Department, which employs a team of 1000 auditors.

He possesses over 13 years of specialist experience in auditing with expertise in operational, financial, and regulatory compliance. He has a proven track record and experience in strategic reporting on internal control to the Audit Committee, including providing expertise and advice on risk management techniques.

Further, he has experience in coordinating work with risk, legal, surveillance & vigilance departments. He provides his expertise to act as a resource person for other departments in their design, implementation and monitoring of activities across the organization.


Rajitha Ananda Bandara Basnayake - Independent Non-Executive Director

Rajitha Ananda Bandara Basnayake - Independent Non-Executive Director

Rajitha Possess 30+ years of extensive experience in ICT , out of which 19 years has been in senior management providing leadership to mission critical ICT projects enabling business strategies of a wide variety of industry sectors predominantly encompassing Financial services , Hospitality , FMCG/ consumer durables Retailing /Distribution and Food & Beverage manufacturing /Distribution and Information Technology solution delivery . He is currently an independent information technology professional working as an external consultant to the clients of leading professional service firms in Sri Lanka.

During his career he has spearheaded ICT operations of Asia Capital Group a highly diversified conglomerate into capital markets , non banking finance, insurance , digital entertainment, tea packaging, Leisure , Technology as Group Chief Information Officer for 3 years , The Lion Brewery Ceylon Ltd (4 years as Head of IT) , as Manager Information Systems of Richard Pieris Distributors Ltd. for 5 years and as a key member of the strategic leadership teams of these companies. Further he brings more than 5 years experience in Consultancy services as Director Advisory services of Ernst & Young Sri Lanka providing Business Advisory and ICT Advisory solutions for mission critical private and public sector projects . He was also a visiting lecturer for MSc in Information Technology study program conducted by Informatics Institute of Technology in collaboration with Keele University UK.

Rajitha holds a Master Degree with Distinction from Keele University UK , Executive Diploma in Business Administration with Distinction from University of Colombo and British and Australian professional IT qualifications .


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