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Board of Directors

Krishan Balendra is the Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC. He is a Director of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sri Lanka. He is a former Chairman of Nations Trust Bank and the Colombo Stock Exchange. Krishan started his career at UBS Warburg, Hong Kong, in investment banking, focusing primarily on equity capital markets. He joined JKH in 2002. Krishan holds a law degree (LLB) from the University of London and an MBA from INSEAD.

Gihan Cooray is the Deputy Chairman/Group Finance Director and has overall responsibility for the Group's Finance and Accounting, Taxation, Corporate Finance and Strategy, Treasury, Information Technology function and John Keells Research. He is the Chairman of Nations Trust Bank PLC. Gihan holds an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, a certified management accountant of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia and has a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He serves as a committee member of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.

Amal Cabraal is presently the Chairman of Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC, CIC Feeds Group and Silvermill Investment Holdings (Private) Limited. He is a former Chairman and CEO of Unilever Sri Lanka and has over 4 decades of business experience in general management, marketing and sales in Sri Lanka and overseas. He is also the Vice-Chairman of Sunshine Holdings PLC, a Non-Executive Director of Hatton National Bank and a business advisor to a number of leading companies. He is a committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Management Committee of the Mercantile Services Provident Society. A Marketer by profession and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing - UK, he holds an MBA from the University of Colombo and is an executive education alumnus of INSEAD-France.

Nihal Fonseka is a career banker and served as the Chief Executive Officer Director of DFCC Bank from 2000 until his retirement in 2013. He is currently a Chairman of Phoenix Industries Limited, Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Phoenix Ventures Limited and Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Group Audit Committee of Brandix Lanka Limited. He was a member of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka from 2016 to 2020 and from 2011 until recently the President of the Sri Lanka National Advisory Council of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, UK . Prior to joining the DFCC Bank, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of HSBC Sri Lanka. He is a past Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange and the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP). He has also served as a Director of the Employees' Trust Fund Board and as a member of the Presidential Commission on Taxation (2009), National Procurement Commission and Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA). He holds a B.Sc from the University of Ceylon, Colombo, is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Studies, (FIB) UK and is a Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, FCSI (Hon), UK.

Premila Perera was appointed to the Board of the Company with effect from 1 July 2014 as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Premila Perera, formerly a Partner, KPMG in Sri Lanka, also served as the Global Firms Regional Tax Director for ASPAC in 2000/01, as a member of the Global Task force commissioned in 1998, to advise the International Board of KPMG on future directions in determining long-term strategic plans, and faculty of the KPMG International Tax Business School. She also served a period of secondment with the US Firm's National Tax Office in Washington DC, and was a participant at the KPMG-INSEAD International Banking School programme. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She served as an Independent Director and Chairperson of the Audit and Related Party Transaction Committees of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC until October 2017 and as a Non-Executive Director of Holcim (Lanka) Limited until August 2016.

Group Chief Executive Officer of Brandix Apparel Limited, Ashroff Omar, has been instrumental in redefining the Sri Lankan Apparel industry for over four decades. Ashroff spearheads a company that comprises of manufacturing and product development facilities, offering end-to-end solutions from Tokyo to the US, including UK, Cambodia, Haiti, Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh for some of the world's most renowned brands, with a commitment to offering 'Inspired Solutions' to its clientele. He is also credited with pioneering environmentally friendly apparel manufacture in the world and establishing the world's first LEED platinum manufacturing facility for eco-friendly manufacture. His extensive experience and ability to think beyond the norm has secured him positions in the Boards of some of Sri Lanka's most respected corporates. He is also the Founder Chair of the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF), the apex body of the Sri Lanka Apparel industry.

In his role as the Chief Executive Officer – Telecommunications Business, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya heads the pan-region Telecommunications Operations of the Axiata Group Bhd., spanning the markets of Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Axiata is Asia's second largest Telecommunications Group. Up to the year 2016, Dr. Wijayasuriya functioned as the Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog), Sri Lanka's leading multi-play connectivity provider, and one of the highest valued companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange. In the year 2016, Dr. Wijayasuriya was honoured by the GSM Association as the first recipient of the 'Outstanding Contribution to the Asian Mobile Industry' Award. Dr. Wijayasuriya is a past Chairman of GSM Asia Pacific – the regional interest group of the GSM Association. He was also named 'Sri Lankan of the Year' by Sri Lanka's premier business journal, LMD in 2008. Dr. Wijayasuriya is currently the Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka's premier business chamber. During the period 2012-14, Dr. Wijayasuriya also functioned as the founding CEO of Axiata Digital Services – the Group-wide Digital Services Business of the Axiata Group. Dr Wijayasuriya is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge UK, and obtained his PhD from the University of Bristol UK. A Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology UK, Dr. Wijayasuriya also holds an MBA from the University of Warwick.