Board of Directors

C. L. K. P. JAYASURIYA

Having joined the Company in 1981 and served as an Executive Director since 1986, and Executive Chairman and Managing Director since 1st April 2006, Mr. Jayasuriya retired from Executive service on 31st August 2013, and was appointed Non-Executive Chairman.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK (FCMA) and a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, UK (FCCA).

He is a Director of the Employees Trust Fund Board, Trustee, Council Member and former Chairman of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, and is the Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He is also a Director of several other companies, both listed and unlisted, incorporated in Sri Lanka.



H.A.S. CRAWFORD

Mr. Crawford joined the Swire Group in 1978 and has held a number of senior positions in the Group including as Executive Director of the Trading and Industrial Division of Swire Pacific in Hong Kong. He has worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Japan, the U.S., the UK, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He holds a BA (Honours) Degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford. Mr.Crawford was appointed as Managing Director of Finlays Colombo Limited with effect from the 1st of September 2015.



E. R. CROOS MORAES

Mr. Croos Moraes joined the Company in 1977 and has been an Executive Director since 1991. He is currently the Board Member in charge of the Group’s marketing, export and tea warehousing operations. He is presently a member of the Tea Council of Sri Lanka and a Committee Member of the Tea Exporters Association of Sri Lanka. He is a Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK (MCIM).



J. L. CASPERSZ

Mr. Caspersz joined the Company in 1997 and was appointed an Executive Director in February 2011. He is currently the Board Member in charge of the Environmental Services, Airline Agencies and Insurance Divisions of the Company and is a Director on the Boards of the respective subsidiaries. Mr. Caspersz also heads the Corporate Communication initiatives of the Company. He is a past President of the Sri Lanka Insurance Brokers Association and has served on the Council of the Sri Lanka Insurance Institute for a number of years.



Ms. M. C. PIETERSZ

An Executive Director since November 2011, Ms. Pietersz is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She holds a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Physics from the University of Sussex and an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. She also serves on Boards of Bogala Graphite Lanka PLC and Seylan Bank PLC as an Independent Non-Executive Director.



G. S. JAYASINGHE

Mr. Jayasinghe joined the Group in February 2006, as the Chief Executive Officer of Finlay Cold Storage (Pvt) Limited and was appointed a Director of the subsidiary in February 2008. Mr. Jayasinghe was appointed an Executive Director of Finlays Colombo Limited in November 2014.

He holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute – UK and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - UK. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Council of the Sri Lanka Branch of the Chartered Management Institute and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport respectively, and is a member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce sector steering committee for Ports, Shipping, Aviation and Logistics.



N. K. H. RATWATTE

Having joined the Group in 1991, Mr. Ratwatte was appointed an Executive Director in 1997 and since April 2007 he has been a Non-Executive Director of Finlays Colombo Limited.

He is the Chairman and Managing Director of Hapugastenne Plantations PLC, Udapussellawa Plantations PLC, Newburgh Green Tea (Private) Limited, Finlays Tea Estates (Pvt) Limited and many other private companies registered in Sri Lanka.

He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Plantation Management (FIPM).



J. D. BANDARANAYAKE

An Independent Non-Executive Director since July 2001, Mr. Bandaranayake is the Chairman of the Group Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Audit Committee. He serves as Chairman of Central Finance Company PLC.

He has served as a Chairman of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka. He has also served on the Boards of several listed companies. He is a graduate in Law, a Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Management, Sri Lanka (FIPM) and of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Sri Lanka and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM).



N. G. WICKREMERATNE

An Independent Non-Executive Director since 1st July 2009. Mr. Wickremeratne is a member of the Group Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee. He holds a B.Sc degree from the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. He was previously Chairman and CEO of Hayleys Group and a Non-Executive Director of Hatton National Bank PLC. He is currently Chairman of Holcim Lanka Limited.



R. A. EBELL

An Independent Non-Executive Director since June 2012, Mr. Ebell is the Chairman of the Group Audit Committee and a Member of the Group Remuneration Committee.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka (ICASL) and of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK (CIMA). He worked for Hayleys PLC for 32 years (eventually as Finance Director), and for Loadstar (Private) Limited for 2 years (as CFO). He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC and Laugfs Capital Ltd at different times, and as Chairman of their Audit Committees. He currently serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Softlogic Holdings PLC and as Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is a Past President of CIMA, Sri Lanka Division and currently serves as a member of the Quality Assurance Board of the ICASL.



Guy R. Chambers

Guy Chambers became Managing Director of James Finlay Limited in September 2015. Since joining John Swire & Sons in 1993, Guy has worked in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for Swire, most recently as COO of Damin (the world’s largest tea extract manufacturer) and COO of Swire Beverages (the largest Coca-Cola franchise bottler in China).

In April 2014, Mr. Chambers was appointed to the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation to advise the Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce, Economic and Development on matters relating to the participation of Hong Kong in the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. Mr. Chambers has also served as an advisor to Chatham House, the UK think-tank, on matters relating to Greater China



J. M. RUTHERFORD

Mr. Rutherford was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 1st February 2013 on becoming Finance Director of James Finlay Limited, London. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Economics from the University of Southampton. Previously he spent 15 years with Associated British Foods, a UK listed company, where he held a variety of senior Finance and other related posts.