Director Board

Arjun Fernando – Chairman

Mr Fernando holds a B.Sc. Engineering degree from the Southern Illinois University, USA and a Management from Clemson University, South Carolina, USA. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Financial Studies (Chartered Institute of Bankers), UK.

Mr Fernando joined the DFCC Bank in August 2012 as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and is designated to take over as Chief Executive Officer in October 2013. Mr Fernando has 29 years experience in the banking and financial services industry in executive and managerial positions covering trade services, credit, retail banking and credit card operations. (28 years with HSBC). Prior to joining the DFCC Bank he was the Chief Operating Officer of HSBC Sri Lanka from 2005-7 and Chief Technology and Services Officer of HSBC, Bangladesh from 2007-10. His last assignment from October 2010 to June 2012 was as the Regional Head of Change Delivery (commercial banking, trade and supply chain), HSBC Asia Pacific, based in Hong Kong covering 22 countries.

Mr Fernando is a former Sri Lanka National Tennis Champion, a gold medalist at the SAF Games in 1991 and captained the Sri Lanka Davis Cup Team from 1983-90.

Ray Abeywardena – Managing Director

Ray is the Managing Director/ Group CEO of ACUITY, which has subsidiaries involved in; stock broking, primary dealership & corporate finance activities. Prior to being appointed as Group CEO, Ray served as the CEO/Managing Director of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, from 2001 to end 2008. In his last year as CEO/MD, Acuity Stockbrokers emerged as the No 1 stock broking firm in Sri Lanka. From 1998 to 2000, Ray functioned as the Managing Director of Forbes ABN Amro Securities which was a joint venture between ABN Amro Asia Ltd and the Forbes & Walkers Group. From 1994 to 1997 Ray served as CEO of Forbes & Walker Stock Brokers and headed the sales team. Ray has served on the directorates of Forbes & Walker Ltd, Forbes Research Ltd & Forbes Air Services Ltd. Ray has vast experience in the financial services industry spanning over 2 decades & has extensive Senior Management experience of over 15 years. Ray currently serves on the Board of Directors of Acuity Partners, Acuity Securities, & is the Chairman of Acuity Stockbrokers. He is a past Chairman of the Colombo Stock Brokers Association. Ray is a passed finalist in CIM (UK) & has an MBA from the University of Wales, UK.

Jonathan Alles – Director

Mr. Jonathan Alles is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, a Member of the Institute of Directors of Sri Lanka and holds an MBA from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Mr. Alles has over 25 years of banking experience, 15 of which is overseas. He is a Director of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd, Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd and Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd.

Tyrone De Silva – Director

Tyrone De Silva is a Senior Vice President and Head of the Corporate Banking and Investment Banking Departments at DFCC Bank. He joined the bank in 1989 and has been involved throughout in the Bank’s Corporate Finance and Capital Markets business. He serves as a member of Bank’s Credit, Investment and Asset Liability Committees and as nominee Director on the Boards of some of the Bank’s other subsidiary and associate companies.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Warwick, UK and is also a Graduate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK

Deva Ellepola – Director

Deva is the Executive Deputy Chairman of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd. Prior to the formation of ACUITY he was the Managing Director/CEO of HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd, from 2001-2009. Before the exit of JP Morgan from the Sri Lankan market, and the firm became a wholly owned subsidiary of HNB, Deva functioned as the General Manager – Broking of JP Morgan HNB Securities (Pvt) Ltd from 2000-2001 and prior to the acquisition of Jardine Fleming by JP Morgan He was the Deputy General Manager at Jardine Fleming HNB Securities (Pvt) Ltd, a joint venture stock broking firm of Jardine Fleming and HNB, from 1995-2000. He also functioned as the Deputy General Manager of HDF Securities (Pvt) Ltd from 1993-1996. Deva started his career at Bartleet Mallory Stock Brokers (Pvt) Ltd in 1983. Deva has vast experience in the Stock Broking industry in Sri Lanka spanning to nearly 3 decades and has extensive senior level managerial experience of over 15 years. Deva has participated in numerous foreign road shows and international conferences on capital markets he has also participated in many capital markets related training programs both in Sri Lanka and abroad.

He is a past Chairman of the Colombo Stock Brokers Association (CSBA) 2003/2004. He has served as a Member of all the important Sub Committees of the Colombo Stock Exchange in the formation of The Central Depository System & The Automated Trading System, and served as the Committee Chairman of The Internet Trading System. He also served as a Member of the Board Rules Sub Committee of the Colombo Stock Exchange representing the CSBA. Deva currently serves as an Executive Director on the Boards of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd & Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd. He holds a Diploma in Marketing Management from the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) & possesses the Professional Stock Broking Certificate issued by the Securities Institute of Australia.

Manohari Gunawardhena – Director

Manohari Gunawardhena has experience in the area of general commercial banking, treasury, and asset and liability management counting approximately 19 years. She has extensive experience in the treasury area of the bank numbering 16 years. In the treasury field she has obtained wide exposure to the foreign exchange, money and fixed income markets and has been trained in the above areas in Dubai, Singapore and Mumbai. Currently she heads the Treasury at DFCC Bank group.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Arts degree in Financial Economics. She also holds the Association of Cambiste Internationale (ACI) dealing certificate relating to treasury activities.

I.R.D Thenabadu – Director

Ruvini Thenabadu is a Deputy General Manager – Corporate & wholesale Banking at Hatton National Bank Plc. She joined the Bank in 1986 as a Management Trainee and has held various managerial positions at Branch and Head Office level. Is a Director of Lanka Ventures Plc. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK (FCMA) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers London (FCIB).

Dilshan Rodrigo – Director

Dilshan Rodrigo is the Chief Operating Officer of Hatton National Bank and serves on several board level committees.

He is a senior banker and possesses extensive experience in Retail Banking, Finance, Institutional Banking and Risk Management with leading local and foreign commercial banks operating in Sri Lanka. He is a member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors, an Alternate Director for the CRIB and holds several Directorships in subsidiary companies of HNB. He was elected Chairman of the Asian Banker’s Policy Advocacy Committee for a two year period.

He holds an MBA from Cranfield University, UK and is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK. He served on both councils in Sri Lanka and is a past President of the latter. He is a lecturer and examiner for the University of Wales affiliated MBA Program in Sri Lanka and has presented technical papers in various forums on Strategy and Risk Management.