Corporate Management

Mr. D. P. K. Gunasekera
General Manager

Mr. D.P.K Gunasekera was appointed as the General Manager from 16th June 2020. Prior to this appoint he held positions of Senior Deputy General Manager (International, Treasury and Investment), Assistant General Manager (Overseas Branches) and Assistant General Manager(Corporate Relations) since October 2010.

Commencing the career in 1980 with retail banking in branches in various parts of the country. Mr. Gunasekera has specialized in Treasury Operations, especially in foreign exchange trading, money market operations, and Government securities trading. He has gathered wide range of exposure in dealing operations in BOC London Branch, and had specialized training in Foreign Exchange Trading in American Express Bank London, and Lloyds Bank London.

 Mr. Gunasekera is appointed as a Director of the BOC Management & Support Services(Pvt)Ltd since January 2012.

Graduated from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka, with a Bachelor of Science Special Degree in Business Administration, and holds Post Graduate Diploma in Business and Finance Administration from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and MBA from the University of Southern Queensland. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.



Mr. W. P. Russel Fonseka
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Fonseka joined the Bank of Ceylon in January 1990 and counts more than 30 years of hands on experience in both international and local arenas. He commenced his career with retail banking and then specialized in financial management and strategic planning of the Bank whilst acquiring wide experience in all aspects of commercial banking. He also served in Bank of Ceylon’s London Branch and obtained a comprehensive experience in treasury and international banking activities.

Mr. Fonseka has been a member of corporate management of the Bank since 2012 and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the Bank. He has also held the positions of Senior Deputy General Manager (Corporate & Offshore Banking), Deputy General Manager (International, Treasury and Investment), Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking), and Deputy General Manager (Finance & Planning) of the Bank.

Mr Fonseka graduated from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka with a Bachelor of Science (Special) Degree in Business Administration and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka and a Master Degree of Business Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Mr Fonseka is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, a Senior Fellow Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and a Member of the Alumni of the Harvard Business School of USA.

Mr Fonseka serves as a Director on the Boards of Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka & Finance PLC, Property Development PLC, LankaClear (Private) Limited and Transnational Lanka Records Solutions (Private) Limited. Mr Fonseka acts as the Chairman to the Audit Committees of Property Development PLC and LankaClear (Private) Limited as well. Mr Fonseka was appointed to the Council of Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka with effect from February 2020 and serves as the President of the Governing Council since then.



Mr K. E. D. Sumanasiri
Senior Deputy General Manager (Human Resource)

Mr. Sumanasiri joined the Bank in 1990, having obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. Appointed as Deputy General Manager as from April 2013.

His wide experience in Retail Baking, Micro Finance, Corporate Finance and Human Resource Development has taken through Management and leadership roles in the Branch Network. He held several positions in the Branch Network as Manager, Area Manager, Operations Manager and Asst. General Manager.

While serving as a Faculty Member of the Bank's Training Institute, holding the position of Manager (Training), Mr Sumansiri has readily responded to uplifting the knowledge of our staff. He was instrumental in the career development of the Staff.

Soon after the three decade conflict period came to an end in the Northern part of Sri Lanka, Mr Sumanasiri took over the Northern Province as the Asst. General Manager and played a leading role in uplifting the livelihood of the resettled people in the area and he has made an immense contribution to boom the economy of the Northern Province. Also, he played a major role in expanding the Delivery Channels in the Northern Area.

With his extensive experience and expertise in Micro Finance and Retail Banking, he was able to take a dynamic role to propel BoC to a greater height in the Northern Province.



Ms. Janaki Siriwardane Secretary to the Board / Secretary, Bank of Ceylon

Ms. Janaki Siriwardane
Secretary to the Board / Secretary, Bank of Ceylon

Appointed as Secretary to the Board/Secretary, Bank of Ceylon in December 2005. Joined Bank of Ceylon in 1996. She also serves as Secretary to all the subcommittees of the Board.

She is an Attorney-at-Law by profession and was a practicing lawyer. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law and a MBA from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Immediately prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Siriwardane was employed in the private sector handling company secretarial work. She was also a visiting lecturer, examiner and moderator on Commercial and Industrial Law at the Industrial Management Department of the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. She is also the Company Secretary for some of the Subsidiaries of the Bank.



Mr. W. N. P. Surawimala - Deputy General Manager ,(Corporate & Offshore Banking)

Mr. W. N. P. Surawimala
Deputy General Manager (Corporate & Offshore Banking)

In a career spanning over 29 years in Bank of Ceylon Mr. Surawimala has gained extensive experience in both local and international banking arenas, entailing all facts of commercial banking operations in diversified banking landscapes with an unique ability to deal with intricate banking challenges. Aligning with Bank’s endeavoring aspiration of maintaining a healthy Balance Sheet, as the Deputy General Manager (Corporate & Offshore Banking), has taken measures in providing effective decision making and strategic leadership to the highest contributor segment of the bank assuring strong relationship with high net worth clientele and creating customer centric service culture at the bank. And also taken pioneering initiatives for managing of Non - Performing Loan portfolio of the Bank of Ceylon and is striving for future achievements as well with the sustained focus on Bank’s interests.

Mr. Surawimala has performed duties as the Country Manager, Chennai - India during the period 2014 – 2017 spearheading the Offshore Banking activities of the Bank of Ceylon as an Assistant General Manager.

He has commenced career with the Bank of Ceylon in 1991 as a Management Trainee and has worked in various operational segments of the Bank, including Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, Offshore Banking and Recovery. He holds Directorships in Group of Companies namely, Transnational Lanka Records Solutions (Pvt) Ltd., Transnational (Pvt.) Ltd and Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Surawimala holds Bachelor’s (Special) Degree in Public Administration and Master of Science (M.Sc) in Management specializing in Banking and Finance, both from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka. An Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and has also successfully completed the Management Development Programme for Key Management Personnel conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Management (PIM), University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka.



Mr. P. Maduwantha Liyanage - Chief Internal Auditor

Mr. P. Maduwantha Liyanage
Chief Internal Auditor,  ACA, BSc, ACCY(Special)

Mr.Maduwantha Liyanage is an Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka with 20 years of post qualified experience. He holds a BSc Accountancy and Financial Management (Special) degree from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura.

Mr.Liyanage is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA - USA). Prior to joining Bank of Ceylon as the Chief Internal Auditor, he has served at the Commercial Credit & Finance (Plc) Ltd., and Pan Asia Bank in the same capacity. Mr.Liyanage has served Bank of Ceylon in the Assistant General Manager grade during the period 2006 – 2008 as the Internal Auditor.

Mr.Liyanage's exposure also includes Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd.,(National Cheque Clearing House) in the capacity of Finance & Administration Manager and Ernst and Young as a Qualified Assistant.



Mr. Priyal Silva
Deputy General Manager (Sales and Channel Management)

Mr. Priyal joined the Bank in 1997 as a Management Trainee and commenced his carrier in Branch banking as Credit Officer, Audit Officer, Branch Manager and gathering a vast experience in Retail Banking. Later-on, taking up various positions in carrying out different assignments in both local and international Banking. He experienced as a dealer of Dealing room and London Branch.  

He played an Impressive role as the Senior Manager of Trade Promotion Unit and as the Chief Manager of International Division for more than 5 consecutive years. He held several key positions of bank and he played a major role of Marketing Division. He was a member of many executive management committees of the bank, including Reward and Recognition Committee and Disciplinary Authority Committee.  

Mr. Priyal graduated from University of Ruhuna with Bachelor of Business Administration (Specialized in Marketing) Degree with 2nd Upper class, obtained Master of Business Degree in Accountancy from University of Kelaniya and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration. He is also an Associate Member of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.  

Prior to being appointed as the Deputy General Manager (Sales and Channel Management), Mr. Priyal held positions of the Deputy General Manager (Finance & Planning) and Chief Marketing Officer in the Corporate Management. He has held the positions of Assistant General Manager (North Western Province), Assistant General Manager (Marketing) and Assistant General Manager (Western Province-North) of the Executive Management.



Mr. Y. A. Jayathilaka
Deputy General Manager (Product & Banking Development)

Mr. Jayathilaka, appointed to the Corporate Management of the Bank in February 2020, assumed duties as Deputy General Manager (Recovery Provinces) in September 2020.

Prior to his appointment to the Corporate Management Mr Jayathilaka was a member of the Executive Management, since April 2015, holding key positions of the Bank as Assistant General Manager (Product Development and Business Process Re-Engineering), Assistant General Manager (Central Province), and Assistant General Manager (Province Sales Management).

Joined the Bank in 1997, as a Management Trainee, Mr Jayathilaka has gathered vast experience in Retail Banking, Treasury and Overseas operations, Project Management, Product Development, and Province Operations. He was involved in implementation of major IT projects such as Project Manager for implementation of Core Banking and Trade Finance systems in BOC UK Ltd, Project Leader for upgrading Core Banking System and Teller System of the Bank, and the Project Manager for implementation of DMS and Workflow Automation System of the Bank. Further, Mr Jayathilaka has over 10 years’ experience in Dealing Room and Treasury Back Office, both in BOC head office and BOC UK Ltd.

Amongst his major contributions to the Bank and the banking industry of the country, introducing Mobile Branches (Branch on Wheels), Digital Branches (BOC DIGI), Smart Passbook, Smart FD, e-statements, e-learning, self-banking kiosk, cheque deposit kiosk, and Apply Online via website are significant.

Mr Jayathilaka is a Graduate in B.Sc. (Business Administration) special, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, holds the Diploma in Banking & Finance, Associate of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, and completed the Advanced Course in Strategic Management of the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.



Mr. D. S. Muthukudaarachchi
Deputy General Manager (Recovery Corporate)

Mr. D S Muthukudaarachchi is a career banker counting over 30 years of experience in diverse aspects of the banking operations in local and international banking arena. He graduated from the University of Sri Jayawadhenepura with a special degree in B. Sc. Estate Management & Valuation.

Mr. Muthukudarachchi joining the bank in 1990 and commencing the banking career as a Management Trainee, initially obtained his wide experience in retail banking serving several branches in different areas in the country. He then acquired diverse aspects of Corporate Banking serving over 12 years in Corporate branch, Credit Department in different capacities. He possesses wide and varied experience in operational aspects in relation to Credit Risk management in the bank acquired through working at Corporate- Credit Department and Offshore Banking Division whilst serving in the capacities of Relationship Officer, Relationship Manager, Assistant General Manager (Corporater Relations) and Assistant General Manager (Offshore Banking)

The experience of Mr Muthukudaarachchi in relation to the operational aspects of overseas branches in various capacities spans nearly eleven years including the posts of Chief Operating Officer, (Bank of Ceylon (UK) Limited (2011/14) and the Country Manager/ Cheif Executive Officer, Chennai branch (2017/ 2020). During his tenure as the COO of BOC (UK), he also served as an Executive/ Non Independent Director of the Board and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He, whilst serving in London and Chennai, got the rare opportunity in obtaining a broad exposure in higly develpoed regulatory regime in financial sector.

 

 

Mr. Ruwan Bakmedeniya
Chief Information Officer

Appointed as the Chief Information Officer of the Bank in June 2020, Mr. Ruwan Bakmedeniya is one of the newest entrants to BOC’s Corporate Management setup. Counting over 25 years of diverse experience in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector, including ten-plus years as a C-suite executive, he has contributed significantly to the digital transformation and tech-driven business growth efforts of several first-rate organizations in the country.

Before being appointed as CIO of the Information Technology Division at BOC, Mr. Bakmedeniya was the CIO at Hatton National Bank (HNB) PLC, the largest retail private bank in Sri Lanka. Earlier, he was the General Manager / CIO, at Union Assurance PLC, a John Keells Holdings company. In both these roles, he leveraged his formidable expertise in IT, Tech & BFSI to drive unprecedented revenue growth through tech-based cost optimizations and productivity improvements, while enabling large-scale digital and technology transformation.

Managing IT systems, technology implementations, software engineering, financial sector compliance and security, and infrastructure and hardware deployments are some of his core strengths. He also draws on an extensive Fintech background, more specifically in Digital Banking and Information Technology Investment Management.

An academically and professionally accomplished individual, Mr. Bakmedeniya possesses an MSc in Information Technology as well as ITIL certification in IT Service Management (ITSM) plus qualifications in Project Management. He is a thought-leader industry-wide and is an acclaimed panelist plus speaker across a number of IT, Tech & BFSI forums.

 

Mr. Sameera Liyanage
Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Sameera Liyanage was appointed as the bank’s Chief Marketing Officer on 4th August, 2020. He is counting over 22 years of banking and marketing professional experience across both public & private sector institutions, and awarded Chartered Marketer status in 2015 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).

He completed a 6-year stint with SDB bank in the capacity of Head of Marketing & Retail Banking, before taking up the top job in marketing at BOC. Previously, he held Manager - Marketing positions at Pan Asia Bank (6 years), National Savings Bank (5 years) and Seylan Merchant Bank (2 years).

Considered a thought-leader in banking and marketing islandwide, he gained industry acclaim through his pioneering role in the market launch of numerous unprecedented loan and savings products. Mr. Sameera Liyanage was responsible for introducing the retired government pensioner loan scheme to local banking for the first time, as well as initiating special banking products for war heroes plus their immediate dependents.

These products have gone on to become staple offerings in most banks and served critical sections of our population, rendering his contributions to their origination all the more merit-worthy.

An academically and professionally accomplished individual, he possesses a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and is a member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Bankers - Sri Lanka.

An esteemed old boy of Nalanda College, Colombo, he previously functioned as the General Manager of the Future Minds higher education and career guidance exhibition organized annually by his alma mater, and presently performs an advisory role. He is also the current President of the Nalanda College Junior Old Boys’ Association.

 

Mr. G. A. Jayashantha

Mr. G. A. Jayashantha
Chief Risk Officer

Mr. Jayashantha appointed to the Corporate management of the bank as the Deputy General Manager Retail Banking Range II from August 2020 and currently serving as the Chief Risk Officer. He joined the bank in 1997 as a Management Trainee and has assumed duties with retail banking specializing in retail and SME credit and branch operations in his early part of his career and then he joined the Treasury Division and serving there more than 10 years in various capacities in the sphere of Dealing, PDU and ALM. His immense contribution towards the success of bank’s first international bond issue, dollar denominated debenture issue and raising funds from international market via various instruments to the bank were quite significant while serving in the Treasury Division. He received 8 years executive management experience and held the positions of AGM(Recovery Corporate) AGM (Risk Management) AGM (western Province South) and AGM(Offshore Banking) before he was promote to the grade of Deputy General Manager. While serving as Assistant General Manager he was a member and the Chairman of the Bank’s Disciplinary Authority Panel and served there almost 5 years.

He is also a Director of Property Development Management Company Limited and Ceybank Asset Management Limited.

He graduated from the University of Sri Jayawardenapura,Sri Lanka in 1994 with a B.Sc Business Administration (Special) degree in First Class. He holds a Master of Arts in Financial Economics at University of Colombo and also holds a Diploma in Credit Management. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

Mr. M. P. Ruwan Kumara
Deputy General Manager (Finance & Planning)

He possess over 18 years of hands on experience in banking operations with specialized knowledge in financial Management, Strategic Planning, Investment Banking and Commercial Banking. He also has gained extensive experience in serving in Bank of Ceylon (UK) Limited as Chief Operating Officer. He was later appointed to the Executive Management of the Bank as the Assistant General Manager Investment and Assistant General Manager Budget, Strategic Planning & MIS.

He is a graduate of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura with a Bachelor of Science (Special) Degree in Accountancy and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Open University of Sri Lanka. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka , Associate Member of Certificate Management Accountancy of Sri Lanka, Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and also a Member of Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID).



Mr. R. M. N. Jeewantha
Deputy General Manager (International, Treasury & Investment)

Mr. R M N Jeewantha was appointed to the Corporate Management of the bank in August 2020 and assumed duties as Deputy General Manager (International, Treasury & Investment).

Mr. Jeewantha is a graduate of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and holds a BSc Degree in Accountancy (Special). Later on, he obtained his MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) in 2008. He is also a member of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers of Sri Lanka (ACPM) and an Associate Member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (AIB).

Mr. Jeewantha joined Bank of Ceylon in 2002 as a Management Trainee and possesses vast experience in retail banking, credit management and financial management. However, his core forte lies in Treasury Management and Investment Banking and he commenced his treasury career at the Dealing Room in 2008 as a Trainee Dealer and successfully rose to the position of CEO of Bank of Ceylon Primary Dealer Unit. He was later appointed to the Executive Management of the Bank as the Assistant General Manager (Treasury). In addition, he has gained international banking exposure by working in Bank of Ceylon, London Branch.

Apart from the functions of the Treasury Division, he has served as the Head of the Committee for the Investment in Government Securities (CIGS) Member of the Investment Committee and Secretary of Asset & Liability Management Committee (ALCO) of Bank of Ceylon.

Presently, Mr. Jeewantha is holding the positions of Director, Lanka Securities (Pvt) Ltd, Director, Ceybank Asset Management Ltd and member of the Governing Board of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. He also functions as a member of the Central Bank’s Domestic Financial Market Infrastructure Development project. He is a Member of the Special Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SSCAPC) of Ministry of Energy for the procurement of Petroleum and petroleum related products representing Bank of Ceylon. He is also Member of the public enterprises project evaluation committee of prospective investors appointed by the Ministry of Industries.



Mr. S. Sivanjan
Deputy General Manager (Support Services)

Mr Sivanjan was appointed to the bank’s Corporate Management as the Deputy General Manager (Support Services) from September 2020. Prior to this appointment, he has held the position of the Assistant General Manager (International) since 2018.

Mr S Sivanjan joined the bank as a Management Trainee in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Jaffna with a First Class Honors. Obtained his MBA from University of Colombo in 2010 specializing in Marketing.

Mr Sivanjan has commenced his banking journey with the retail branch operations. He also served in our Chennai branch and gained vast knowledge in overseas branch operations. He possess extensive experience in credit, recovery, development banking and microfinance areas by serving in different grades and divisions. He is a visiting faculty member of the bank’s Central Training Institute since 2010. Several transformation initiatives of the bank has been lead by him during the transformation journey of the bank.

 

Mrs. W. B. P. Rathnayake - Chief Risk Officer

Mrs. W. B. P. Rathnayake
Deputy General Manager (Compliance)

Mrs. Rathnayake was appointed a Deputy General Manager of the Bank in August 2020 and assumed duties as Chief Risk Officer and currently serving as the Deputy General Manager (Compliance). She has gained experience in all aspects of commercial banking and local and international exposure during her career spanning 23 years.

Prior to her appointment as a Deputy General Manager, after being promoted as an Assistant General Manager in April 2015, she held key positions within the Bank as AGM (Corporate Credit) and AGM (Western Province North). During her tenure as AGM (Corporate Credit) she served as the secretary to the Bank’s Credit Committee for more than 3 years.

She began her career as a management trainee in 1997. During this period, she gained experience in branch banking and in handling both retail and corporate credit portfolios. She gained international exposure during her service at Chennai Branch.

Mrs. Rathnayake was one of the founding staff members when the Risk Management Division was established in the Bank in year 2009. She was instrumental in developing risk management policies as well as risk management tools for the bank as per the regulatory guidelines and rendered an invaluable service for over five years to the Risk Division, the division she now heads.

She is a graduate of the University of Ruhuna with a Bachelor of Sciences (Special) degree in Agriculture and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Open University of Sri Lanka. She is an Associate member of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka and holds a Postgraduate Executive Diploma in Bank Management from the same institute.

 

Mr. B. K. Gurusinghe

Mr. B. K. Gurusinghe
Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking Range II)

Mr. B. K. Gurusinghe was appointed to the role of Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking Range II) in September 2020, thereby becoming a member of the bank’s Corporate Management setup. Commencing his career at BOC in 1997 as a Management Trainee, he’s been recognized over the years for his contributions to the bank’s strategic growth and transformation efforts.

Counting 23 plus years as a banking professional, his core areas of expertise involve Corporate & Retail Banking plus Organizational Transformation. Prior to his appointment as the DGM - Compliance, Mr. Gurusinghe served as the Country Manager - Maldives from 2017 to 2020. He also counts an earlier 3-year stint in the capacity of Operations Officer at the Bank of Ceylon - Maldives Branch, among his foreign operations experience.

Mr. Gurusinghe performed an active role in a number of the bank’s restructuring and transformation initiatives, including as a core team member of both the Wenesa Project and the IBCS Project.

An accomplished individual, he holds a long list of academic qualifications including a B.Sc. (Business Administration) Sp. - University of Sri Jayewardenepura, a Commonwealth Executive MBA (CEMBA) - The Open University of Sri Lanka, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Financial Administration (PgDBM) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and also holds a Diploma in Credit Management from Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Gurusinghe is also a professionally qualified Attorney-at-Law from the Sri Lanka Law College, plus a member of illustrious organizations such as the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka as well as the Sri Lanka Bar Association.

 

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