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Board of Directors

Mr. H. L. L. M. Nanayakkara-Chairman/ Non Executive Non Independent Director

Mr. Manohan Nanayakkara is the Chairman / Managing Director of Asia Capital PLC, Asia Asset Finance PLC and the Managing Director of Asia Securities (Private) Limited. He also sits on the Board of all Associate and Subsidiary Companies of Asia Capital PLC. He was the former Chief Operating Officer / Director of Asian Hotels and Properties Limited, previously known as Crescat, and the former General Manager of the Bureau for Infrastructure Investment (BII). He also acted as the Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director of CF Venture Fund. He is a Director of Pradana Limited, an Investment Management Company.

He holds the following academic qualifications and experience:

•Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants (FCMA)

•Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from James Madison University of Virginia, USA

•Masters in Applied Finance (MAF) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia.

As Project Specialist, he was responsible for the design and management of the Capital Market Project of USAID which provides assistance for the privatisation and establishment of Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC), and the development of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE).

  • Chairman/ Non Executive Non Independent Director
Mr. Rajiv Gunawardena - CEO/ Executive Non Independent Director

Mr. Rajiv Gunawardena is the Chief Executive Officer / Director of Asia Asset Finance PLC and was appointed to the board in December 2009. He is responsible for setting and implementing the organization's vision and strategy and managing the organization's operations. Mr. Gunawardena has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Information Systems from the United Kingdom and completed his Masters of Professional Accounting at Monash University, Australia.
Prior to joining Asia Asset Finance, Mr. Gunawardena worked in the capacity of Senior Investment Analyst at Asia Capital PLC, the largest investment bank in Sri Lanka and also the parent company of Asia Asset Finance. He is a lecturer of accounting at the Australian College of Business Technology.

 

  • CEO/ Executive Non Independent Director
Mr. C. Ramachandra - Non Executive Independent Director

Mr. C. Ramachandra is presently the Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer of Uni Walker Packaging Ltd. He was educated at St. Thomas Prep School, Colpetty and St. Thomas College, Mount Lavinia. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL), having passed out in 1975, and counts over thirty-five years of experience in the fields of auditing, tea exports, financial services and packaging.
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 an Assistant Financial Accountant and left in 1992 as the Chief Accountant / Company Secretary. During this period he served six months in the UK Head Office of Lipton UK.
He has attended Uni-Lever 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.
He also served as a Non Executive Director of Sathosa Retail Ltd, the privatised retail arm of the CWE in 2003/04. In November 2004 he took appointment as Chief Financial Officer of the Uni Walkers Group. In early 2005 he was appointed to the Board of Uni Walker Packaging Ltd. He also served as an independent Director on the Boards of Capital Reach Holdings Ltd, Capital Reach Credit Ltd and Capital Reach Leasing Ltd from 2007 - 2010.

  • Non Executive Independent Director
Mr. Thusitha Perera - Non Executive Independent Director

Mr. Perera was appointed to the Board of Asia Asset Finance PLC as a Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director on 17th December 2013 and is also presently the Group Chief Financial Officer of Asia Capital PLC.He started his carrier 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 20 years of experience in finance and auditing, both locally and internationally.

  • Non Executive Independent Director
Mrs. Dayangani Priyanthi Pieris - Non Executive Non Independent Director

Mrs. Priyanthi Pieris is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and has over 33 years of experience in Corporate and Financial Law. Mrs. Pieris is also a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, and is in 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 Motorway Ltd.
Mrs. Pieris currently serves on the Board of Director/Consultant, PW Corporate Secretarial (Pvt) Ltd., Director, Asian Centre for Lease Education (Pvt) Ltd., Director, MTN Corporate Consultants (Pvt) Ltd., Director, Associated Electrical Corporation PLC, Director Abans Electricals PLC and alternate director for Mr. H.L.L.M. Nanayakkara in Asia Capital PLC.

  • Non Executive Non Independent Director
Mr. K.R.Bijimon - Non Executive Non Independent Director

 Mr.K R Bijimon started his career as a Senior Manager (Finance) with Muthoot Bankers in the year 1996. During 19 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 in 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 a Chief General Manager, he is also responsible for driving growth across the diversified business portfolios of the Group such as International Remittance & Foreign Exchange 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, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.

Bijimon also assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer and manages the Global Operations Division 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 and Asia Asset Finance PLC (Sri Lanka). 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.

  • Non Executive Non Independent Director
Mr. George M. Alexander – Non Executive Non Independent Director

Mr.George Alexander has done his Master’s in Business Administration from University of North Carolina’s – Kenan & Flagler Business School and Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from University of Kerala TKM College of Engineering. He currently work as Senior Vice President of Muthoot Finance taking care of operations in the State of
Karnataka & Goa. He also has the additional responsibility
monitoring of Global Operations of The Muthoot Group in
U.S.A. 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. 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 an active member of Confederation of Indian Industries – Young Indians Bangalore Chapter and is the Chair for this Chapter. George was one among the ten Indians chosen to represent India for AIYD (Australia India Youth Dialogue) at Sydney and Melbourne in 2013.

  • Non Executive Non Independent Director
R.A.B.Basnayake- Non Executive Independent Director

Rajitha possess 33 years of extensive  experience  in ICT , out of which 18 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  . 
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. and as a key member of the strategic leadership team  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 .

  • Non Executive Independent Director
K.G.Kiran Pillai-Non Executive Non Independent Director

Responsible for planning, executing and reporting on Operational, financial, regulatory and compliance related audits/reviews.

Strategic reporting on internal control to Audit Committee, including responding to questions on risk management techniques.

Coordinates work with Risk, Legal, Surveillance & Vigilance departments.

To act as a resource person for other departments in their design, implementation and monitoring of activities across organization.

  • K.G.K.Pillai -Non Executive Non Independent Director

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