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. 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. 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. Felix Fernandopulle - Director

Mr. Fernandopulle is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka. He is the present Chairman of Richard Pieris Finance Ltd. & the Managing Director of Mahaweli Coconut Plantation where he had also worked in the capacity of Finance Director at the said company.
He has served as a Director of the Coconut Development Authority and Coconut research Institute and has also served on the Advisory Committee on Coconut at the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Coconut Industries. He has represented Sri Lanka’s Desiccated Coconut Manufacturers Association at the Asian & Pacific Coconut Council.

Mr. Shiron Gooneratne - Director

Mr. Shiron Gooneratne is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds an MBA from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom.
Mr. Gooneratne brings in a wealth of experience, both from Sri Lanka and overseas. Having trained at Ernst and Young, he joined GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health Care as a Financial Accountant and rose to the position of Finance Director, where he completed 11 years, of which 7 years as the Finance Director. Thereafter, he held the positions of Chief Financial Officer at Sri Lanka Telecom PLC, Chief Financial Officer at Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC and currently he functions as the Group Chief Financial Officer at Richard Pieris and Company PLC.

Mr. Wasantha Abeysirigunawardena - Director

Mr. Wasantha Abeysirigunawardena is a Rubber Technologist holding a Masters in Polymer Science & Technology with over 41 years’ experience in the rubber products manufacturing industry. His long associations with Richard Pieris Group count over 33 years and his contributions to product development have been highly acclaimed, winning him a Merit Award from The Plastics and Rubber Institute for the significant contribution he made towards the development and growth of the polymer industry in Sri Lanka. He is also a Director of Richard Pieris Tyre, Richard Pieris Exports PLC, Richard Pieris Natural Foams Limited and numerous other companies in the Group. In addition to this, he heads the rubber sector at the research and development centre of the Richard Pieris Group. He is an Associate Member of The Institute of Materials in London and also a Member of The Institute of Incorporated Engineers in Sri Lanka. He has also been conferred with a Graduateship in Mechanical Engineering from The City and Guilds Institute, London.

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