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Chairman Non Executive/Independent Director

MR B S M DE SILVA

MR B S M DE SILVA Chairman Non Executive/Independent Director Mr. de Silva counts over 41 years of experience in the spice industry, especially in the Cinnamon industry and is the Founder Chairman of the Spice Council in Sri Lanka. He has held many positions in the spice industry including the Chairmanship of the Export Development Board Advisory Committee on Splices and Allied products Trade Facilitation and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Advisory Committee on Spices and Allied products and has been a member of the National Council of Economic Development (NCED) – Export Cluster and the steering committee to form the National Competitiveness Council of the Ministry of Finance. Mr. De Silva is also the president of National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of B. Darsin De Silva & Sons (Pvt) Ltd., and the Chairman of Cinnamon Trading Academy Limited and the Chairman of Ceylinco General Insurance Limited. He was the Chairman and the Managing Director of Intercom Group of Companies until his retirement in 2014. As founder Chairman of the Ceylon Cinnamon Association, Mr. De Silva was instrumental in highlighting the importance of the Cinnamon Industry over the last three decades. Mr. De Silva counts over 26 years of experience in the Tourism and Leisure Industry with the Serendib Hotels group, as a Director of Dolphin Hotels PLC and Hotel Sigiriya PLC and several other companies. He was a Director of the Co-operative Wholesale Establishment (CWE) from 1994 to 2000 and Acting Chairman in 1998; and Chairman of the Committee appointed by the Minister of Trade and Commerce in drafting procurement of the CWE.

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Non Executive/Non Independent Director

MS V S A FERNANDO

Ms. Fernando is a graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo and an Attorney-at-law by profession. She counts over 26 years of experience in the field of communication and is the cofounder and Joint Managing Director of the TRIAD group of companies. She also serves on the Board of Citrus Leisure PLC, Derana Network of Media Companies and George Steuart and Company Ltd.
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Non-Executive/Independent Director

MR M P D COORAY

Appointed Director in January 2021. Mr Cooray is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom. He has worked with Ernst & Young for over 40 years of which 30 years was as a Senior Assurance and Talent Partner. He functioned as the Deputy Managing Partner from 2016 to 2019 and served as a member of Ernst & Young’s Management Committee from the time the Management Committee was established in 1998 until his retirement in 2019. Mr Cooray was instrumental in establishing the Ernst & Young Practice in the Republic of Maldives in 1995 and functioned as the Partner responsible for the overall management of the Maldivian Practice from its inception. He represented Sri Lanka and Maldives for a number of years in the EY ASEAN Regional Partner Forum. He was seconded to EY USA for a year, where practical experience was gained by being part of assurance teams that performed audit engagements on several large enterprises. Mr Cooray also spearheaded the Ernst and Young Sri Lanka/ Maldives Family Business Centre for Excellence which was instrumental in sending several eminent second generation family members to business schools worldwide. He has also served as a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK. Mr Cooray is the Managing Director of Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd and a Director of some of its Subsidiaries also serves as a Director of Hatton National Bank PLC , JAT Holdings ( Pvt) Ltd and Life Insurance Corporation (Lanka) Ltd.

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Non Executive/Non Independent Director

MR S A AMERESEKERE

Mr Ameresekere is Qualified in both business and engineering, has extensive local and foreign exposure in diverse areas of business. Mr Ameresekere is a Director of George Steuart and Company Ltd, Sri Lanka’s oldest business entity established in 1835. He plays a pivotal role in the management and strategic planning of the Group’s diversified sectors including healthcare, tea exports, FMCG, financial services, industrial solutions and travel & leisure. Accordingly, he holds several key positions within the group including directorships of all of its listed entities – Citrus Leisure PLC and its subsidiaries, Colombo Land and Development Company PLC. Mr Ameresekere also serves as the Director / CEO of Triad (Pvt) Ltd, one of Sri Lanka’s leading creative communication companies. The Triad group integrates a cluster of specialized communications companies, which offer its clients an unmatched holistic and synchronized communication solution. Mr Ameresekere holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director

MR C HETTIARACHCHI

Mr. Hettiarachchi counts over 18 years of experience in leading multinationals both in Sri Lanka and Australia, with a proven track record in the fields of Marketing and Business Administration as well as establishing and driving start-ups prior to joining HVA Foods PLC as the Chief Marketing Officer in 2018. Mr. Hettiarachchi started his career at Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd as a management trainee and has managed flagship brands such as Pears, Rin and Sunlight. He has also worked in senior management positions in SPC Ardmona (A subsidiary of Coca Cola Amatil Australia) and J H Heinz Co in Australia. Mr. Hettiarachchi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and a Master of Business Administration from La Trobe University Australia. He is currently serving as an advisory committee member to the Tea Exporters Association of Sri Lanka and is the current Vice President of the Sri Lanka USA Business Council.

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