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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.

Sujeewa Rajapakshe [Independent Non Executive Director] 

Appointed to the Board in 2017. Holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka and is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and The Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka. Counts for over 30 years of experience in audit and consultancy services and is an expert in providing Business Advisory Services covering a wide range of industries. Has gained extensive exposure from the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), Confederation of Asia Pacific Accountants (CAPA) and South Asia Federation of Accountants (SAFA) in the capacity of a Board Member or Technical Advisor. Currently the Chairman of the Statutory Auditing Standard Committee of the ICASL, board member of the Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standard Monitoring Board, Council Member of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and Past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) and member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka [CBSL], Commission member of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Sri Lanka Pay Commission.

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