Mr. Hemasiri Fernando
Non-Executive, Non-Independent Chairman

Possessing diverse experience in varied genres, Mr. Fernando's debut into the public sector was as Secretary to the Prime Minister. He later chaired Sri Lanka Telecom, Airport and Aviation Services and Telecom Services and has served as Secretary to the Ministry of Postal Services among other postings. His input as the longest serving President of the National Olympic Committee and in international office including as Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia and Commonwealth Games Federation, in addition to representing Sri Lanka in rifle shooting as national champion, makes him the apt choice as Presidential Advisor on Sports to Sri Lanka.

 

With a B.A (Econ) from the University of Colombo, Associateship in the Institute of Travel and Tourism UK (A INST TT) and Fellowship of the British Institute of Management (FBIM), Mr. Fernando is also the present Chairman of People's Bank and the Honorary Consul for the Kyrgyz Republic in Sri Lanka. His tenure in the Sri Lanka Navy from which he retired with the rank of Commander having served in combat areas, deserves special mention. His association with Sri Lanka Railways led to the penning of two books, The Viceroy Special based on the steam locomotive he created for tourism in Sri Lanka and The Uva Railway. Mr. Fernando has been conferred with the OCA Award of Merit by the Olympic Council of Asia and the ANOC Award of Merit by the Association of National Olympic Committees.

 

Mr. Michael Pradeep Amirthanayagam
Non-Executive, Independent Deputy Chairman

Mr. Pradeep Amirthanayagam is a reputed advertising and media personality in Sri Lanka who counts over 30 years of experience in the advertising field. He is currently the Chairman and Managing Director of the leading advertising agency Holmes Pollard & Stott, which he was instrumental in setting up 25 years ago. He is the livewire that fuels the agency’s creative and client management teams, while providing crucial direction and guidance on operations and finance.

 

Mr. Amirthanayagam is also a media icon. He presented the news on TV and radio (Rupavahinie, ITN and SLBC), and was also an interviewer and cricket commentator. He has the distinction of having trained at Bush House - the headquarters of the BBC in London, and was the CNN correspondent for Sri Lanka.

 

Showing great promise from his early days, he was an outstanding product of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo. He won gold medals for oratory and singing, and also excelled academically, winning final year prizes for economics, commerce and finance, and accountancy. He was a member of the all-island under 12 champion cricket team in 1975, and went on to become head prefect of the college. He also played an active role in drama and debating, and was placed first in the entire country in an oratory contest themed ‘Rotary World Understanding and Peace’ organized by Rotary International.

 

Having achieved success since his early days, Mr. Amirthanayagam went on to distinguish himself further. He became a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an Associate of Trinity College of London (Speech and Drama).

 

Respected for his philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Amirthanayagam has been active in the Rotary movement at the highest level. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Colombo West and was awarded the Rotarian of the Year in 2012. Over the years, he has made a notable contribution to the club, having been involved in almost every avenue of service.

 

Mr. Amirthanayagam is also the Vice President of SUROL (Society for the Uplift and Rehabilitation of Leprosy Affected Persons) and a Director of the Anura Bandaranaike Foundation.


Mr. Jehan Prasanna Amaratunga
Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Mr. Jehan Amaratunga is the Group Executive Deputy Chairman of MTD Walkers PLC Sri Lanka, which is a leading infrastructure development company that is listed on the Main Board of the Colombo Stock Exchange and also serves as the Chairman of People's Insurance Limited and as a Director of People's Bank, People's Merchant Finance PLC and JAT Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and is a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant. He was awarded First in Order of Merit Prize at the final level examination of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

 

Mr. Amaratunga has over 30 years of extensive experience in finance and management and has been a Consultant and Director to a large number of Corporations and Private entities. Amongst his many achievements, he has presented a paper titled "Value for Money Accounting" at the National Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka in 1987. He was also a Member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

 

Mr. Goluhewage Bindu Rasitha Poojitha Gunawardana
Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

Mr. Rasitha Gunawardana currently functions as the Deputy General Manager - Risk Management of People’s Bank. Having joined People’s Bank as a Senior Finance Officer in 1987, he counts over 29 years of service at the Bank.

Mr. Gunawardana’s exposure at the Bank covered areas of Finance, Performance Management, Corporate and Commercial Credit, Treasury Operations and Credit Control & Risk Management functions. Prior to joining People’s Bank, he had gained experience in both private and public sectors in industries covering Travel and Hotels, Plantation Management and Construction. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, U.K.

Mr. Johnson Anthony Fernando
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Being one of the founder-directors and co-owners of Expo Industrial Products (Pvt) Ltd., established in 1992, Mr. Johnson Fernando is a veteran and widely travelled business professional counting over 25 years’ experience in senior management positions with the Expo Industrial Group which has diversified interests including in Apparel, Food Packaging, Industrial Printing, Commercial Printing, Logistics Management, Engineering and Construction.


He presently serves as the President of the Sri Lanka Association of Printers, the APEX body of printers in Sri Lanka, Vice President of the Sri Lanka China Business Council Cooperation and an advisory Board Member of the Benedict XVI Cultural Institute.


Mr. Mohamed Anise Mohamed Rizwan
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Mr. Rizwan Anise, Chief Operating Officer of DCS International (Pvt) Ltd., is an accomplished senior marketing professional with over 18 years of experience in the field of Management and in particular Sales and Marketing in industries of IT, Pharmaceuticals, BPO, Apparel, Consumer Electronics, Shipping, Education and Mother & Baby Care. His experience and skills encompass management and operational insight, strategic planning, strategic marketing, brand development, portfolio management, public relations and sales management. During his career, Mr. Anise has held many senior management positions in public listed companies, as Vice President-Marketing Group Head of Marketing, Head of Marketing and Manager Business Development/Marketing & Corporate Communications in diverse industries.


Mr. Anise holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Wales, UK, Diploma in Business Management and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and a Certified Member of Sri Lanka Institute Marketing. He is also an adjunct lecturer and examiner for the Marketing and Management undergraduate programs offered by the Northwood University of USA, Heilbronn University of Germany and a Dissertation Supervisor for University of West London MBA program.


Mr. Rathnayake Mudiyanselage Jayasena
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Having commenced his career at the Land Reforms Commission in 1974, Mr. Jayasena has served the National Institute of Management, Ministry of Industries and Scientific Affairs as a consultant from 1975 to 1977 and Isura Development Centre as an Executive Director from 1988 to 2008. Mr. Jayasena is also well known for his contributions to philanthropic endeavors and has played an active role in the National Forum of People’s Movement as the Vice Chairman from 1990 to 2009, Lanka Organic Agriculture Movement as a Director from 2000 to 2009, Green Movement, Sri Lanka as the Treasurer from 1999 to 2003 and Forest Garden Product Certification Limited as a Director from 2002 to 2005.


He is also widely traveled and has had the opportunity of participating in multifarious international study programs including, Project Management Study Program organized by I. D. R. C. Canada through the University of Manitoba (2002), Rural Development Study Programs in India and Bangladesh (1985), Micro Credit Management Program in Malaysia (1996), Self-Financing and Micro Credit Management Training in India (1999) and Small Enterprise Experience Exchange Program in India (2007).


Mr. Jayasena holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Colombo and has extensive experience in project management and rural development.
Dr. Ali Asgar Shabbir Gulamhusein
Non-Executive, Independent Director

Deshabandhu Dr. Ali Asger Shabbir Gulamhusein serves as Chairman and Director of several Private and Public quoted companies, including Adam Investments PLC, Orient Garments PLC, Ceylon and Foreign Trades PLC and Adam Capital PLC. He is also a Director of the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Institute of Textiles and Apparel.

 

Dr. Gulamhusein specializes in structured Acquisitions and Mergers with an emphasis on Manufacturing and Export entities. He accounts for over a decade of experience in diversified sectors such as Investments, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Apparel, Activated Carbons, Construction, International Trade, Information Technology and Automobile. He is also actively involved in several charitable projects throughout Sri Lanka having completed charitable projects in Buttala, Kapaladi and Colombo.

 

He holds a PhD from Tokyo, Japan and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Business management from King's College London, UK. Dr. Gulamhusein has been bestowed with the prestigious title of "Deshabandhu Manawahithawadhi, Lankaputhra" and also serves as a Justice of Peace (all island).



Founded in 1995, People's Leasing & Finance PLC is Sri Lanka's unshakable leader in the leasing sector. In the past 14 years, People's Leasing & Finance has built an extraordinary tradition of excellence in all spheres of leasing and we are now the established market leader. Our customers range from individuals to SMEs to blue chip companies in every corner of the island. We have contributed immensely to the country's economic growth and the quality of life of millions of Sri Lankans.

The People's Leasing & Finance Group has recently diversified to include five subsidiaries, united under the PLC name. Customers can now obtain Insurance, Finance, Property Development, Micro finance and Fleet Management services under one roof.

Our user-friendly product range, nationwide outreach and strong foundation of talented management and staff have made the Company immensely profitable. We are now a major contributor to the success of our parent company, People's Bank. As a subsidiary of People's Bank, the group enjoys government protection along with private sector flexibility.

    The PL&F Philosophy
To respond to all stakeholders with deliverable core values of:
  • Economic Viability
  • Social Accountability
  • Environmental Responsibility