Asite Drupath Bandara Talwatte
Independent Non-executive Chairman
Asite Talwate, an Independent Non-executive Director of the Board of Central Finance Company PLC since 30th June 2016 functions as the Chairman of the Company with effect from 01st July 2020. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom. He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Financial Administration awarded by the CA Sri Lanka and the University of Wageningen, Holland and an MBA from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka. He has also participated in a Kellogg Executive Programme at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and Evanston, Illinois. He has worked with Ernst & Young for over 37 years, during which period he functioned as the Country Managing Partner for over a decade. He has worked with Ernst & Young‘s Far East Area Executive Committee, the Area Advisory Council and served on the ASEAN Leadership Committee. He has served as a former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (2002/2003) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Sri Lanka (1995/1996) and has also served as the Chairman of the Statutory Accounting Standards Committee, the Auditing Standards Committee, the Urgent Issues Task Force and the Examination Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Mr. Talwatte has been closely associated with the development of Corporate Governance in Sri Lanka. He was actively involved in the development of the Code of Best Practice on Corporate Governance of 2013 of CA Sri Lanka. In 2012, Mr. Talwatte co-chaired a Committee on Corporate Governance jointly set up by the CA Sri Lanka and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka to review and revise the Code of Best Practice on Corporate Governance 2013. He chaired the Committee set up by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka to review and revise the Code of Corporate Governance issued in 2017. He also represented CA Sri Lanka and chaired the Integrated Reporting Council of Sri Lanka and currently serves as the Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of CA Sri Lanka (2022/23). He has served as a Director of People’s Bank and the SME Bank and currently functions as the Chairman of Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd. He also serves on the Boards of several other companies including Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC, Sunshine Holdings PLC, Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC, CT Holdings PLC, Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, Ceylon Hospitals PLC and Cargills (Ceylon) PLC
Eranjith Harendra Wijenaike
Eranjith Wijenaike is the Managing Director of Central Finance Company PLC and has served on the Board since 1st April 1983. He is a Non-Executive Director of Tea Smallholder Factories PLC, Equity Two PLC, Equity One Ltd., Central Industries PLC and served as a founder Director of Nations Trust Bank PLC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Financial Management.
Arjuna Kapila Gunaratne
Arjuna Gunaratne, an Executive Director since 20th February 2002 functions as Deputy Managing Director / Deputy CEO with effect from 01st July 2020.He oversees the functions of Strategic Planning, Finance, Deposits, Branches, Risk Management and Information Technology operations of the Company. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK. He is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He functioned as a Director of Nations Trust Bank PLC from May 2005 to October 2012, and as the Chairman of the Bank from November 2012 to April 2014 and serves on the Boards of Tea Smallholder Factories PLC, Central Industries PLC and several other unquoted companies within the Group.
Dhammika Prasanna de Silva
Prasanna de Silva, an Executive Director since 01st July 2011functions as Director/Chief Operating Officer with effect from 01st July 2020.He oversees the functions of credit, recoveries, vehicle hire, vehicle sales and corporate social responsibility of the company. He served as the chairman of the Leasing Association of Sri Lanka from 2007 – 2009 and a director of Nations Trust Bank PLC. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants -UK and has completed all examinations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) programme.
Gerard Shamil Niranjan Peiris
Shamil Peiris is the Director (Finance) of Central Finance Company PLC and has been a member of the Board since 1st April 1983. He serves on the Boards of many companies within and outside the Group. He possesses over 38 years of post -qualification experience. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Institute of Credit Management & Society of Certified Management Accountants - Sri Lanka, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - UK, British Institute of Management and Association of Corporate Treasurers - UK. He is also a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
Dr. (Mrs.) Agampodi Damitha Nandanie de Zoysa
Independent Non-executive Director
Dr. (Mrs.) de Zoysa has been a member of the Board of Central Finance Company PLC since 15th February 2017. She was the former Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industries from 2014 to 2015, the former Secretary to the Ministry of Productivity Promotion from 2013 to 2014, the former Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development from 2010 to 2013, the Director General of the Department of Development Finance of the Ministry of Finance and Planning & the Treasury from 2006 to 2010 and the Director General of the Department of Fiscal Policy of the Ministry of Finance and Planning & the Treasury from 2005 to 2006. She joined the Ministry of Finance and Planning in 1979 as a Planning Officer with a career spanning over 31 years reaching the Director General position. Dr. (Ms) de Zoysa is a Special Grade officer in the Sri Lanka Planning Service. Dr. (Mrs.) de Zoysa holds a B.A (Hons.) Degree in Economics (Statistics) from the University of Peradeniya, M.Sc. Degree in Agricultural Development Economics from the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, M.A. Degree in Economics from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA and Ph.D. Degree in Agricultural Economics from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA. Dr (Mrs.) de Zoysa currently serves as a Director of AgStar PLC, a member on the Public Service Commission, a Member on the Board of Studies of the Post Graduate Institute of Management and has served as a Director of DFCC Bank PLC , Lankaputhra Development Bank and Sri Lanka Savings Bank. She also served as a consultant to the Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd administered by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) from 2015 June to 2020 January.
Arjun Rishya Fernando
Arjun Rishya Fernando has been a member of the Board of Central Finance Company PLC since 16th August 2017.Arjun Fernando possesses over 36 years of experience in banking and financial services, both locally and overseas at senior positions, including directorships at large banking institutions. He holds a B.Sc. in Engineering from Southern Illinois University, USA and an M.Sc.in Management from Clemson University, USA. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Financial Studies (Chartered Institute of Bankers), U.K. He currently serves as a Director of Nations Trust Bank PLC, NDB Capital Holdings Ltd., NDB Securities (Pvt) Ltd., NDB Zephyr Partners Ltd. and Durdans Medical & Surgical Hospital (Pvt) Ltd. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of DFCC Bank PLC, Chairman of DFCC Consulting (Pvt) Limited, Lanka Industrial Estate Limited, Synapsys Limited, Acuity Partners (Pvt) Limited and a director of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Limited. He has also served as Chairman of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) and the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions and as the DFCC Bank’s Nominee Director on the Boards of Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Banks’ Association.
Chandika Kushan Hettiarachchi
Chandika Kushan Hettiarachchi is the Director Marketing of Central Finance Company PLC and has been a member of the Board since 17th July 2018. Chandika joined Central Finance in November 2000 as Manager (Credit) and held several senior managerial positions prior to his appointment as an Executive Director. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK (ACMA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Wales, UK. Chandika Hettiarachchi counts over 24 years of experience in the Non- Banking Financial Services sector, which includes over 21 years at Central Finance Company PLC. He has carried out many assignments as a Consultant to numerous International Development Agencies including the International Finance Corporation (IFC). He serves as Chairman of Allied Properties Ltd., a Director of Nations Trust Bank PLC, Waldock Mackenzie Ltd, CF Insurance Brokers (Pvt), Ltd,, CF Growth Fund Ltd, Central Transport & Travels Ltd. and served as a board member of Leasing Association of Sri Lanka from 2017 to 2019.
Kuda Banda Herath
Independent Non-executive Director
Kuda Herath has been a member of the Board of Central Finance Company PLC since 16th February 2019. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry from the University of Kingston, London. He served as an Executive Director of A. Baur & Co. (Pvt.) Ltd. for a period of 8 years during which period he was instrumental in establishing a consumer vertical for the company. He joined Sunshine Holdings (Pvt) Ltd in April 2020 as the Chief Operating Officer of their Consumer business, primarily to expand their consumer foot print via mergers & acquisitions. After a successful acquisition and a post-merger integration initiative, he moved out of Sunshine Holdings in June’2022. Kuda Herath possess over 30 years‘ of experience in the fast moving consumer goods industry, having held middle management positions in the areas of sales and marketing at Nestle Lanka PLC previously.
Manjula Hiranya de Silva
Independent Non-executive Director
Manjula de Silva has been a member of the Board of Central Finance Company PLC from 01st July 2020. He holds a BA Hons (First Class) degree in Economics from the University of Colombo and an MBA from London Business School, UK. He is also a FCMA (UK) and a CGMA. Further, he has pursued executive education at INSEAD Business School, France and Harvard Business School, USA. He currently serves as an Independent Non-executive Director and Chairman –Audit Committee of BPPL Holdings PLC and a Commission Member of the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (VTEC), and was the immediate past Secretary General and CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that, he served as Chairman of the State owned National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF) during 2015 - 2019. He also served as a Commission Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of Sri Lanka during 2018 - 19 and as a Consultant to the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development during 2017 - 18. Prior to 2015, he served as the Managing Director of HNB Assurance PLC for 9 years and as its CEO for 2 more years. He has also held leadership positions as General Manager, Eagle NDB Fund Management Company Ltd (currently NDB Wealth Management), General Manager – Corporate Lines and Human Resources, Eagle Insurance Co. Ltd (currently AIA Insurance) and Director General, Public Enterprises Reform Commission (PERC). In his capacity as Chairman – NITF, he served on the Governing Council of Asian Reinsurance Corporation based in Bangkok representing the Government of Sri Lanka. He also served as the Chairman of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Sri Lanka Board in 2016 and was subsequently appointed to its Regional Board for MESANA (Middle East, South Asia and North Africa) Region. He was a Committee Member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce for a long period of time and has served as the Chairman of its Steering Committee on Insurance. He is a Past President of both Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL) and Unit Trust Association of Sri Lanka (UTASL).
Chaminda Sampath Hettiarachchi
Chaminda Hettiarachchi was appointed to the Board of Central Finance as Director Corporate Affairs on 01st July 2021. C.S. Hettiarachchi is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from University of Colombo. He also holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenapura. He joined Central Finance Company PLC in 2002 and held various positions at Central Finance Company PLC and functioned as General Manager (Legal) prior to his appointment as Director Corporate Affairs. He counts over 21 years of experience in the financial sector which includes over 20 years’ at Central Finance Company PLC. C.S.Hettiarachchi serves as a director of Central Industries PLC and several other unquoted companies within the Group. He functioned as the immediate past Chairman of Leasing Association of Sri Lanka (LASL) and served as a director of Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka (CRIB). He was also a member of the Financial System Stability Consultative Committee (FSSCC) of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. He was the representative of LASL to The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and a member of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce’s national agenda Committee on Finance and Capital Markets. He has served as a director of Finance Houses Association of Sri Lanka. (FHA).