Bingumal Thewarathanthri (Bingu), CEO was appointed Chief Executive Officer/Head of Global Banking of Standard Chartered Bank, Sri Lanka on 1 January 2019. Bingu, counts for more than 25 years of experience within the banking and finance industry. He joined Standard Chartered in 2004. Over the past 14 years, he has held several leadership positions in Sri Lanka and Africa, including the role of Head, Transaction Banking, Mauritius, where he was responsible for setting up the Transaction Banking business for the franchise. He was also responsible for setting up Financial Institutions booking centre for Africa and managed investments going in to Sub Saharan Africa via Mauritius Securities Services hub. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Bingu headed the Retail Banking business in Sri Lanka. Bingu holds a Master’s degree from the University of Wales, UK.
Sheahan Arasaratnam, Head of Retail Banking, has over 25 years of experience in Consumer and Small Medium Enterprise / Business Banking. He joined Standard Chartered, from Union Bank of Nigeria PLC, where he served as Consultant / General Manager, Head of Retail Products and Segments and Deputy Head of Retail Banking. Prior to moving to Nigeria, Sheahan worked with Standard Chartered as the Head of Retail Product / Segments in Sri Lanka for three years, following which he moved to West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia and Sierra Leone), where he served as the Head of Retail Banking Products for four years. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds an MBA from Edith Cowan University, Australia.
Lakshan Goonetilleke, Head, Financial Institutions, has over 20 years of banking and consultancy experience covering the Sri Lankan and Maldivian markets. He has managed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Government of Sri Lanka relationship for the past 12 years and has worked on all the Sovereign bond issues since 2007. He is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from Deakin University, Australia and an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, Sri Lanka. Lakshan has followed a Senior Executive Development Program in Behavioural Finance from INSEAD, he Joined Standard Chartered in 2013 and was previously employed at HSBC for over 10 years.
Tamani Dias, Head, Commercial Banking, carries with her 15 years of Corporate Banking experience having worked at Citibank for close to 10 years, where her last appointment was the Assistant Vice President – Corporate and Investment Banking. Having joined Standard Chartered, Sri Lanka, Tamani has worked in several areas such as Wholesale Banking / Corporate & Institutional Client, Corporate and Institutional Banking and finally in Commercial Banking. Tamani holds a Bsc in Accounting and Finance, from the London School of Economic and Political Science.
Dharshan Jayaratne, Executive Director - Head, Financial Markets Sri Lanka has been in this role since October 2011. He has over 26 years of banking experience with particular expertise in Treasury and Financial Markets. Dharshan also represents Standard Chartered, Sri Lanka at Policy and Regulatory level with Central Bank of Sri Lanka and other Regulatory Bodies and has an extensive insight into Sri Lanka’s Financial Markets and regulation. He has varied experience in the local banking industry having worked for several leading banks in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Dharshan was at Citibank as Head of Treasury Sales and at ABN AMRO bank Sri Lanka where he commenced his banking career. Dharshan holds an MBA from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.
Roger Norton, Head of Transaction Banking, assumed duties from April 2017. With over 20 years of Banking and Finance experience across Transaction Banking, Retail Banking and TB Operations, Roger has been instrumental in expanding the Transaction Banking business and rolling out a number of value added capabilities including digital transactions and supply chain finance platforms. Under his leadership, Transaction Banking won a number of marquee deals and accolades including ‘Best Trade Finance Bank’ and ‘Best e-Solutions Bank’ from The Asset Asian Awards (AAA). Roger holds an MBA Degree from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. He is also a Post Graduate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK)
Inam Cassim, Head of Compliance, joined Standard Chartered in 2013 after a 26 year stint with HSBC. He has experience in many functions with 12 years in management / senior management roles in Consumer Banking, Operations, Learning & Development, Internal Control, Operational Risk and Compliance. He has also exposure to Finance, Treasury Operations and Management Information Systems. He holds a Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka and has undergone extensive leadership and technical training in UK, Hong Kong and India.
Nishani Ariyawansa, Chief Financial Controller, joined ANZ Grindlays Bank in 1993 as an Officer and subsequently moved up the Finance chain to the position of CFO in October 2010. Prior to this, she worked at Ernst and Young as an Audit Manager. Nishani is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).
Prasanna de Mel, Country Chief Risk Officer has twenty four years of experience in the banking industry. He has been in Corporate Banking Relationship Management roles with local Banks, Standard Chartered, Sri Lanka and HSBC, Dubai. Since 2010, he has been a part of Standard Chartered, Sri Lanka’s Risk function. Initially, as Senior Manager Credit for Corporate & Institutional Banking after which he was appointed Country Head, Operational Risk. In October 2016 he was appointed Country Chief Risk Officer for Sri Lanka. Prasanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Lincoln, Kingston upon Hull, UK. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.
Janaka Serasinghe, COO and COO Retail Banking,
joined Standard Chartered, Sri Lanka in 2008 as the Head, Trade Operation, and was appointed Chief Information Officer in 2012. He has been in his current role since April 2019. Janaka has over 31 years extensive Banking experience from his previous roles at Deutsche Bank, Colombo and HSBC, Dubai. In his current role as the Country Chief Operating Officer; Janaka plays a key role in driving the operational agenda focusing on efficiency through Agile principles. Janaka holds a Degree in Banking from the Institute of Financial Services, UK and is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist of the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France. He is a member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and founder member and former Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Bankers CIO Forum. Janaka is a guest lecturer at several universities and is a guest speaker at industrial forums.
Janaka is passionate on environmental issues particularly in coastline, forest conservation and the reduction of single use plastics. He is also a keen sports enthusiast and is the President of the Standard Chartered sports club. Janaka has two sons and is actively involved in their school and sports activities. His hobbies include wildlife, rugby and travel.
Ransi Dharmasiriwardhana, Head of Human Resources was appointed as Head of Human Resources in Feb 2018. She has been with Standard Chartered for 11 years and has held various roles including HR Business Partner, Country Talent Acquisition Manager at Standard Chartered Bank Sri Lanka, and has also been part of the Global Learning and Talent Development Team in Standard Chartered, Singapore. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she worked as Project Director for Unlimited Potential Partnership (UPP) – a USAID/Microsoft funded project, Project Manager at the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), Sri Lanka, and as Manager - Hard Lines at KOHLS in Maryland, USA. She holds a MSc in Business Psychology from Herriot Watt University, UK and BSc in International Business Management (Honors) from the University of Maryland and is a Certified Transformative Coach through Coach Masters Academy, Singapore.
Sanjeewani Ranasinghe de Silva, Head of Corporate Affairs/Brand & Marketing, after 10 years of working at Ceylon Tobacco Company Sanjeewani joined Standard Chartered in July 2011. She has extensive experience in Corporate Affairs having held the positions of Corporate Communications Manager, Social Reporting Manager and Regulatory Affairs Manager roles. She was previously head of PR at Q&E Advertising and the Principle News Anchor of MTV news at Ten. Sanjeewani holds an MBA from the University of Wales, UK.
Jeyabalasingam Pirathapan, Country Head of Audit, is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of audit experience. In his eight years within the Group Internal Audit Team, he has played a key role in the delivery of the audit plan for Sri Lanka, taking the lead in many diverse and complex audits covering Retail and Commercial Banking, Financial Markets, Finance and Compliance. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, he spent six years in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) managing diverse audit portfolios.
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