about us - leadership

Dr. Sena Yaddehige - Chairman/ Managing Director/CEO

Dr. Sena Yaddehige is a scientist/engineer and a Swiss-based entrepreneur. He developed the largest automotive sensor business in the UK, based on technology developed by himself with a large number of world-wide patents, with manufacturing units in China and Brazil. He is also a high energy radiation specialist with various patents on radiation processing.

He is Founder, Chairman and Director of numerous companies; his current positions in Sri Lanka include Chairman of Richard Pieris Exports PLC, Maskeliya Plantations PLC, Kegalle Plantations PLC, Namunukula Plantations PLC and Director of National Development Bank PLC. Dr. Yaddehige is presently a Director of a Swiss Phamaceutical Company. He is the Chairman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Mr. J. H. P. Ratnayeke - Director

Mr. Paul Ratnayeke is a leading commercial lawyer and the Senior Partner and Founder of the firm Paul Ratnayeke Associates. He graduated with honors from the University of Ceylon (Colombo) and has also been awarded a LLM degree by the University of London. He is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is a Director of the Board of Directors of several listed, public and private companies including the Richard Pieris Group and Asia Capital Group.

Mr. W. J. Viville. P. Perera - Director

Mr. Viville Perera is a Science graduate from Kelaniya University with Second Class Honours and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Acountants and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in United Kingdom. Mr. Perera has over 30 years experience in senior managerial capacity in leading business organisations such as Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, Middeleway Ltd (Ceylinco Group) and Amico Group of Companies. He has served as a Treasurer and Vice President of Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging and a member of the lecture panel for SLIM and ABE Sri Lanka branch for examinations leading to CIM and ABE(UK). He is a Director of Richard Pieris Exports PLC.

Mr. Sunil Liyanage - Director

Mr. Sunil Liyanage joined Richard Pieris & Company PLC in 1974 and currently the Managing Director of the Local Manufacturing and Distribution Sector. He holds a Diploma in Polymer Technology(Singapore), Diploma of the Plastic Institute(LOND.) and the Licentiate of the Institute of Rubber Technology(LOND.) with over 35 years experience in the field of Rubber and Plastics. He is also the Past Chairman of Ceylon National Chamber of Industries(CNCI), Past President of The Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka(PRISL) and a Fellow of Plastics and Rubber Institute(FPRI). He is a Director of Richard Pieris Distributors Ltd. and Richard Pieris Exports PLC.

Mr. Shaminda Yaddehige - Director

Mr. Shaminda Yaddehige is an Executive Director and also the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Mr. Yaddehige was educated at Charter House-United Kingdom and graduated in Chemical Engineering from University College London. In addition he also possesses a Masters Degree in Business Administration from IE Business School which is ranked amongst the top 10 business schools in the World. Mr. Yaddehige worked as a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers-UK and also at world renowned international ultra high net worth banking giant, Credit Suisse of Switzerland. He has an extensive experience in international marketing and has built a very strong marketing network in Europe. Mr. Yaddehige has been in the Directorate of Richard Pieris Exports PLC for the last 11 years and also in the Directorate of Richard Pieris Natural Foams Limited.

Dr. Jayatissa de Costa - Director

Is a President's Counsel practicing in Srilanka. He was the first srilankan practicing lawyer to obtain a law doctorate in this country. Amidst his busy legal practice he found time to serve as the Principal of Srilanka Law College and Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Srilanka.
He also served in large number of both public and private organizations including the directorship of a number of companies.
The National Regularity Research Institute USA has awarded and honours pass on his tutorial on US public utility regulation. He has obtained LL.B degree from the university of Ceylon, LL.M of university of London and PH.D. From university of Colombo. He studied at the school of Oriental and African Studies London and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr. Prasanna Fernando - Director

Mr. Prasanna Fernando has over 35 years of experience as a career banker with 28 years of experience in international banks and 7 years of experience in a local bank,
He began his carrier at Grindlays Bank PLC and now Standard Charted Bank where he held the positionsas thehead of institutional Sales, Head of Personal loans/ Premium card sales and as the Senior Manager Business development retail banking. He also worked at Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC as the Head of institutional Liability sales.
He held different board positions and was involved in national level including Member of the Board of Directors of Tea Research Institute, Sri Lanka (2012-2015), Committee Member of National Sports Council (2008-2009), Member of the Advisory Council of Sri Lanka Export Development Board (2008)) Member of the Export Development Board and served In the audit and management committee (2002-2004) and Member of the Industrial Development Board (2000-2001). Currently, he Is also a board member of the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA).

Mr. Jagath Korale - Director

Mr. Jagath. C. Korale counts over 35 years of experience in services and industries in Sri Lanka, having held senior management positions in the private sector, both in public companies as well as in private companies.
His exposure is in the fields of Finance, Insurance, Construction, Trading, Manufacturing and Law. He has held the positions of Management Accountant, Deputy Chief Accountant, Group Financial Controller, and Treasurer and is presently Director, Independent Consultant and a Practicing Arbitrator. He also held the position of Chairman/ CEO in a family construction company where he was a founder. He presently holds Directorships in other companies.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Kelaniya and Master of Science Degree from The Department of Building Economics, Faculty of Architecture of University of Moratuwa and also holds a Second Class Honours Degree on Law from the University of London.
He is a Fellow Member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,UK.
He is also an Attorney-at-Law of Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, focusing on Dispute Resolution and Finance, Commercial and Construction Matters.

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