Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 22 June 2015. Mr. William Lisle is the Regional Chief Executive responsible for AIA Group’s businesses operating in Malaysia, Korea, Sri Lanka, India and Cambodia. Mr. Lisle was the Chief Executive Officer of AIA’s operation in Malaysia from December 2012 to May 2015 including leading the large-scale and successful integration of AIA Bhd post the acquisition of ING. Mr. Lisle joined the Group in January 2011 as Group Chief Distribution Officer. Prior to joining AIA, Mr. Lisle was the Managing Director, South Asia for Aviva from May 2009 until 2010.
Before joining Aviva, Mr. Lisle held a number of senior positions at Prudential Corporation Asia, including as their Chief Executive Officer in Malaysia from 2008 to 2009 and their Chief Executive Officer in Korea from 2005 to 2008; as Chief Agency Officer for ICICI Prudential from 2002 to 2004 and as Director of Agency Development, South Asia in 2001.
He holds an Executive Masters degree in Business Management specialising in insurance management from National Institute of Management, Mumbai and is a member of the Life Assurance Association.
Independent Non-executive Director
Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 01 August 2016. Mr. Sarath Wikramanayake has worked with the Bank of Butterfield, a Bermuda-based international bank for 19 years, where he reached the position of Executive Vice-President. Since returning to Sri Lanka, he has been the Chief Executive Officer of Union Assurance Limited and the President of the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka in 2002.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka since 1979.
He is currently engaged in providing consulting services to the Financial, IT and Hospitality industries. He is also a Director of several other companies including National Development Bank PLC, NDB Wealth Management Ltd, NDB Investment Bank Ltd, NDB Capital Holdings Limited and NDB Capital Limited (Bangladesh).
Robert Alexander Hartnett
Non Executive Director
Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 29 September 2015, Mr. Robert Alexander Hartnett is currently Regional Business Development Director and works with the AIA Group’s businesses in Korea, Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Prior to this, Mr. Hartnett has also held leadership positions in AIA’s New Zealand business where he was the Chief Financial Officer and Appointed Actuary and has also worked in AIA’s Group Chief Actuary Office supporting AIA’s Group Chief Actuary.
Before joining AIA in 2009, he was a Consulting Actuary working in the insurance and banking industries in Australia with PricewaterhouseCoopers performing both advisory and audit roles. He also worked with AXA for 9 years in both Australia and the Philippines in actuarial and related finance functions.
Mr. Hartnett holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Non Executive Director
Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 4 December 2012. Mr. Manoj Ramachandran serves as the Group Senior Regional Counsel of AIA Group where he has responsibility for legal matters related to a number of the markets of operation of the AIA Group along with merger and acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining the AIA Group Mr. Ramachandran served as the Head of Legal, Asia, for Fidelity International, a global investment management company. Mr. Ramachandran has over 18 years experience in the financial services industry, principally in the Asia - Pacific region.
He graduated summa cum laude from the University of California and also holds a Juris Doctor degree. He is admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the State of California, USA and as a Solicitor in Hong Kong.
Non Executive Director
Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 03 August 2017. Mr. Stuart Spencer is the Group Chief Marketing Officer for AIA Group Limited and is responsible for the Group’s marketing initiatives, customer propositions and AIA Vitality. He has held this position since May 2017. Prior to joining AIA, Mr. Spencer was the Chief Executive Officer, General Insurance, Asia Pacific of Zurich Insurance Company Ltd from November 2013 to April 2017.
Before joining AIA, Mr. Spencer held a number of senior positions, including the position of Global Head of Accident & Health, Chubb from June 2009 to August 2013, President Worldwide A&H AIG Life Companies, AIG from March 1996 to May 2009 and Director Corporate Card Marketing, American Express from September 1989 to May 1995.
Mr. Spencer is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Brandeis University.
Independent Non Executive Director
Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 17 May 2005. Mr. Deepal Sooriyaarachchi functioned as the Managing Director until end February 2010 and continues as a Director from March 2010 onwards. He is a Director of Sampath Bank PLC, Panasian Power PLC, Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd, Richard Pieris Distributors Ltd and Singer Sri Lanka PLC. Presently he works as a Management Consultant.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK, Chartered Marketer and has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura.
Chief Executive Officer
Pankaj Banerjee has over 15 years’ experience in the life insurance industry. His most recent role was CEO of Prudential (Cambodia) Life Assurance, where he successfully grew the company from a start-up position in 2013 to one with multi-channel distribution. Prior to moving to Cambodia, he was Chief Officer – Partnership Distribution at Prudential Vietnam, where he played a crucial role in the significant growth of the distribution channel. He has also held senior roles at MetLife, Bharti AXA, and ICICI Prudential in the areas of product development, marketing and strategy.
Mr. Banerjee is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India and holds a PG Diploma in Business Administration.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer /Chief Agency Director
He heads the Direct Sales Distribution Division of the Company for Life insurance business. He also functions as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honours from the University of Colombo and is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, UK. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science. He is an Alumni of the International Center for Management Development, Switzerland. He was the President, Sri Lanka Insurance Institute in 2002 and 2003. He counts over 26 years of management experience in insurance.
Director Information Technology / Chief Technology Officer
He heads the IT function of the Company and is responsible for the development and implementation of IT strategy for AIA Sri Lanka. He counts over 22 years’ experience in the information technology industry in the areas of senior management, corporate strategy, Big Data Analytics, Solutions architecture and Design. His work experience include working at some of the top 10 Technology Companies in the global fortune 500 and leading ICT systems integrators. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Bachelor of Computer Studies (BSc) from the University of Sunderland and is a professional member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) where he also serves as an executive committee member for the past five years.
Director & Chief Officer - Legal, Governance Corporate & External Relations/ Company Secretary
Chathuri is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Management., UK and also holds a postgraduate certificate in human resource management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is an attorney at Law and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Master if Laws from the University of Colombo. She has successfully completed the intenational diploma in compliance of the International Compliance Association, UK. She is a committee member if the training council at the International Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka and was Chairperson of the HR Sub Committee of the Insurance Association if Sri Lanka for the years 2011/2012.
Chathuri counts over 21 years of leadership experience in the fields of corporate law, litigation, compliance, company secretarial practice, customer service and business operations and was previously the Director Human Resources of the company.
Kelum is responsible for the overall operations of the Company covering the technical areas of Life business, customer management, branch operations, investigation and complaint management, corporate solutions (operations and distribution) and the logistics management function. He holds a Diploma in Business Management from World View Institute and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney. He counts over 33 years of management experience in Life and General insurance business and has exposure in all technical and operational areas.
Amal heads the Bancassurance and Partnership Distribution function of the Company and was responsible for Bancassurance sales and operations for the last 5 years.
Prior to taking over the role of Director Partnerships, he was the General Manager Marketing and Customer Management of the Company. Amal was a key stakeholder in Company's brand migrations, development and management of flagship products and corporate social responsibility strategies.
He Joined the company in 1996, as a management trainee and counts over 22 years of management experience in the company, heading the fucntions of Product Management, Corporate Planning and Strategy, Marketing and Bancassurance.
He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura. He is a Chartered Marketer and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He was a Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Sri Lanka region and held the positions of Head of Communications and Regional Secretary.
Gavin D’ Rosairo
Chief Financial Officer
He leads the Finance function of the Company with oversight responsibility for finance, investments and strategy. He counts over 6 years experience in the insurance industry in the areas of investments, strategy, risk and finance, and over 15 years experience as a fund manager, managing both fixed income and equity investment portfolios. His academic and professional exposure encompasses economics, investments, capital markets and finance. He is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and has a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura with honours, specialising in international trade.
Chief Marketing Officer
Nikhil leads the Marketing function of the Company and is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy for AIA Sri Lanka. He oversees Product Management, Brand and Communications, Channel and Digital Marketing. In addition to his role as CMO, Nikhil also oversees the Corporate Solutions team. He has been with the AIA Group for 6 years and prior to that has held senior level positions in insurance companies in Asia and the US. Nikhil has over 22 years of work experience in financial services and holds a MBA from Columbia Business School, New York.
Director Human Resources
Thushari Heads the Human Resources function of the Company, effective from January 2018. She is a senior HR professional who counts over 10 years of experience in all areas of human resource management and leadership practice. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personal Management, UK and holds a diploma in human resources from National Institute of Business Management. She also holds a Graduateship in Chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon.
She is a core member of the certified internal training faculty of the Company. She represents the Company in many HR forums including of the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka