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A M  Pandithage [Chairman & Chief Executive]

Joined Hayleys in 1969. Appointed Group Executive Director in 1996 and to the Board in 1998. Appointed Deputy Chairman in 2007 and Chairman & Chief Executive in July 2009. Chief Executive of HayleysAdvantis from its inception. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. Director, Sri Lanka Port Management & Consultancy Services. Member of the Presidential Committee on Maritime Matters. Committee Member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.Council Member of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Appointed Honorary Consul of Mexico to Sri Lanka in 2011.

M R Zaheed [Managing Director] 

Joined Hayleys in 1981. Appointed to the Group Management Committee in 2001. Appointed to the Board in August 2004. Holds a B.A. (Hons.) Degree from the University of Kelaniya and a MBA Degree from the University of Colombo.

Member of the Agri Cluster of the National Council for Economic Development.Director of Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology representingHayleys.Serves on the National Committee on Biotechnology of the National Science Foundation. A current member of the main committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce while having served as Vice Chairman of the Imports Section, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Council member of the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Policy Research (CARP). A current member of the USAID Advisory Committee in Sri Lanka. Serves as the Vice Chairman of CSR Lanka. A current member ofthe Advisory Committee on Food and Beverage of the Export Development Board. A member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Veterinary of the University Grants Commission. A member of the Steering Committee on Agriculture and Livestock of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The Senator of Jaycees International. Chairman of the Hayleys Group Agriculture Sector (AGBIZ) and hold overall responsibility for the Agriculture sector of the Hayleys Group.

S C Ganegoda 

Rejoined Hayleys in March 2007. Appointed to the Group Management Committee in July 2007. Appointed to the Board in September 2009. Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Member, Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia . Holds a MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Worked for Hayleys and Diesel & Motor Engineering Co. between 1987 and 2002, and as an Executive Director of the latter. Subsequently held several senior management positions in large private sector entities in Sri Lanka and overseas. Has responsibility for Strategic Business Development, Construction Materials and Consumer sectors

J Dharmasena  

Joined Hayleys in 1991. Appointed to the Board in 2005 . Fellow, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.

A N K Perera 

Joined Hayleys in 2003 as the founder General Manager of Hayleys Agro Fertilizers (Pvt) Ltd. Appointed Director/Chief Executive of the same Company in 2008. Appointed to the Board of Hayleys Agriculture Holdings in 2015. Holds a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

S M Gamage 

Joined Hayleys in 1984. Appointed to the Board in 2010. Holds a Diploma in agriculture from the Sri Lanka School of Agriculture – Angunukolapalassa, Diploma in Marketing (NIBM) and Diploma in Finance Management (Aquinas University College). Currently holds the post of President of Crop Life Sri Lanka. Holds a MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University of Wales.

A.C. Pathirage 

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from the University of Peradeniya as well as a Masters in Food Science and Technology from Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture Peradeniya. Moreover he is a Trained Auditor for GMP, ISO & HACCP Systems and also fluent in ISO, HACCP, TPM, Quality Circles, CI Projects, 5 S, Kaizen, GMP and Lean Manufacturing concepts. He currently serves as the Head of Food Exports Sector and provided leadership to enable the company to be the largest processed fruits and vegetable exporter in the country .

L N Abesekara 

Lushan holds a Business Management (Special) Degree in Accountancy (B.B. Mgt (SP) Acc) from University of Kelaniya and a MBA from the University of Colombo, he is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Sri Lanka (FCA), he is also a member of Certified Management Accountants (CMA) Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Hayleys Agriculture he worked at KPMG for four years. Further to joining Hayleys Agriculture in 2003 as an Assistant Manager Finance, Lushan quickly rose to the top ranks and today he holds the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Solutions for the entire Hayleys Agriculture Sector.

D Nilaweera [Independent Non-Executive Director] 

Appointed to the Board as non executive director in 2009. Has had an outstanding career in public service including positions of Secretary to the treasury, Secretary, Ministries of Finance, Agriculture, Mahaweli Development, Public Administration and Plantation Industries. Has served as Government Agent, Batticaloa. Has also been a consultant to UN organizations.

L K B Godamunne [Independent Non Executive Director] 

Appointed to the Board in 2010. Appointed to the Hayleys Board in 1998. Director Haycarb and Hayleys Exports. Currently serves as Chairman of two other, unlisted companies. Retired as Country Director, United Nations World Food Programme in 1995. Former Secretary General and Member, Board of Directors, Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka.

R  Seevaratnam [Independent Non Executive Director] 

Appointed to the Board in 2011. Holds a B.Sc (London), is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, England & Wales and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. Served as Senior Partner of KPMG Ford, Rhodes, Thornton & Co. Mr. Seevaratnam has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC since January 2007 and serves as its Senior Independent Director. He has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Nestle Lanka Ltd., since November 1, 2008 and a Non-Executive Independent Director of Haycarb PLC and Dipped Products Ltd. since January 1, 2007. He serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Shaw Wallace & Hedges. He has been a Director of Hayleys MGT Knitting Mills Plc since May 16, 2007. He has been a Director of Colombo Fort Land & Building Co. Ltd., since July 2009. He serves as a Director of Metroof (Pvt) Limited, Classic Teas (Pvt) Limited, Tea Small Holders Factories Limited, Green Farms Limited, Lanka Aluminum PLC, Kelani Valley Plantations PLC., Metecno Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Shaw Wallace Marketing Limited. Mr. Seevaratnam has been a Director of Hatton National Bank Ltd. since March 2007. Mr. Seevaratnam serves as a Director of Acme Printing & Packaging Ltd., and Tokyo Cement Company (Lanka) PLC. He served as Independent Non-Executive Director of Kotagala Plantations. He served as an Director of Tea Smallholder Factories Ltd.

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