Board of Directors
Chandima Gunawardena serves as a Non Independent, Non-Executive Director of Carson Cumberbatch PLC and in most of the Carsons Group Companies in Sri Lanka and overseas. He is also a Director of Bukit Darah PLC. Since assuming Non-Executive status in the Group, he serves as an advisor to the Group’s Strategic Planning and Management forums in Sri Lanka and serves on Board committees including the Audit Committees of the Group in Sri Lanka and overseas covering all operating sectors of the Group. Mr. Gunawardena has over four decades of experience in varied fields of business and commercial activities and has held senior positions in Corporate, Mercantile and State Institutions. He was appointed to the Carsons Group Directorate in 1990. He has served in the Management Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years and was a Founder Council member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) and continued to serve in the council for over 10 years. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.
Tyrone De Silva
Tyrone de Silva is the Executive Vice President responsible for Investments, International Relations and Strategic Planning for DFCC Bank. He also oversees the Investment Banking business of the Bank, which is carried out through Acuity Partners, an equally owned joint venture with Hatton National Bank. He joined DFCC in 1989 and has been involved in the Bank’s Corporate Finance and Capital Markets businesses throughout his career. He has participated in DFCC’s corporate structuring transactions including the set up or acquisition of subsidiaries and associates of the DFCC Group. He is also responsible for transaction execution and overseeing the administration and monitoring of the Bank’s share portfolio. In the latter part of his career, he took charge of the Bank’s Lending Business and was Executive Vice President - Lending, up to October 2015 when he took on his present responsibilities. Tyrone is a member of DFCC’s Investment, ALCO and Risk Committees and contributes to credit and investment evaluation, approval and strategy. He also serves as Director on the Boards of other DFCC Group companies and those in which DFCC has a significant interest. Prior to his career at DFCC, Tyrone was employed as a foreign exchange and money broker for a period of seven years. Here he gained extensive exposure to foreign exchange and fixed income trading, structuring of swap deals and other hybrid transactions. Tyrone holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Warwick (UK). He is also a Graduate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK).
Chief Operating Officer of Hatton National Bank PLC and Director of Acuity Securities Ltd, Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd, HNB Assurance PLC, Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka, Sithma Development (Pvt) Ltd and HNB General Insurance Ltd. A Senior Banker with extensive experience in Retail Banking, Finance, Institutional Banking and Risk Management in leading local and foreign commercial Banksoperating in Sri Lanka. Elected Chairman for a two year period of the Asian Banker’s Policy Advocacy Committee, a forum for advancing the cause of banking and finance in the region and promoting regional cooperating. Served as a Lecturer and Examiner for Strategic Management for the University of Wales affiliated MBA Program in Sri Lanka, Guest Lecturer at Postgraduate Institute of Management and Director Certification Program at Sri Lanka Institute of Directors. Has presented technical papers in various forums locally and overseas on Strategy, Business Transformation and Risk Management. A former President of ACCA Sri Lanka Division. Dilshan holds a MBA from Cranfield University, UK and is a fellow of CIMA and ACCA UK Accounting bodies.
Krishna Selvanathan is a Director of Carsons Management Services (Private) Limited, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC, Pegasus Hotels of Ceylon PLC and the Investment Sector Companies of the Carsons Group. He holds a BA Degree in Accounting & Finance and Business Administration from the University of Kent, U.K.
Executive Director/Joint Managing Director
Ruvini Fernando is CEO of Guardian Fund Management Limited, investment managers of the Ceylon Guardian Group and a Director of The Sri Lanka Fund, a country fund dedicated to Sri Lankan equities. The Ceylon Guardian Group presently has business interests in listed and private equity as well as managing mutual funds and institutional client portfolios, a collective portfolio of assets under management of over Rs.35bn. She counts approximately 25 years’ experience in diverse fields of accounting, finance, strategic planning and investment management, of which 10 years have been with the Ceylon Guardian Group. She was a former visiting faculty member of the MBA programme of the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM). She is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the PIM, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She currently serves as member of the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Director/Joint Managing Director
Mr. Abeywardena holds an MBA from the University of Wales and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK (CIM). He serves as the Group Managing Director/CEO of Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd; a Joint Venture Investment Banking firm equally owned by the DFCC Bank and Hatton National Bank PLC. He has over 28 years of work experience in the Capital markets in Sri Lanka of which 22 years was spent in stockbroking & since 2009 he has been in Investment Banking. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Colombo Stock Exchange in 2013. He is the Chairman of Acuity Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd & Acuity Securities Ltd, and he also holds Directorships in Asian Alliance PLC & Lanka Ventures PLC.
Alternate Director to Krishna Selvanathan
Head of Portfolio Management, Guardian Fund Management Ltd/ Guardian Acuity Asset Management Ltd. Has over 11 years’ experience in the field of Asset Management working as a Fund Manager for CAAM Saudi Fransi LLC (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Investment Analyst for Eagle NDB Fund Management (Sri Lanka) and as a Financial Analyst for John Keells Stockbrokers. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Business Finance from Brunel University, UK and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.