Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company on 22 June 2015. Aged 53, is the Regional Chief Executive responsible for the AIA Group’s businesses operating in Thailand, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka as well as Group Partnership Distribution. Mr Lisle was Chief Executive Officer of AIA’s operation in Malaysia from December 2012 to May 2015, including leading the large-scale and successful integration of ING Malaysia after its acquisition by the AIA Group in 2012. He is a director of various companies within the AIA Group, including AIA Co. and AIA International, in addition to the Sovereign Assurance Company Limited. Mr Lisle joined the AIA Group in January 2011 as Group Chief Distribution Officer. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Lisle was the Managing Director, South Asia for Aviva from May 2009 until 2010. Prior to joining Aviva, Mr Lisle held a number of senior positions at Prudential Corporation Asia Limited, including Chief Executive Officer in Malaysia from 2008 to 2009, Chief Executive Officer in Korea from 2005 to 2008, Chief Agency Officer for ICICI Prudential from 2002 to 2004 and Director of Agency Development, South Asia in 2001.
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
Nikhil Advani has almost 25 years’ experience in insurance and financial industries and has been a part of AIA Group since 2011. Prior to joining AIA Group, Nikhil worked in senior roles at New York Life, Genworth Financial and Jackson National Life in the USA and ICICI Prudential Asset Management in India.
Nikhil holds a Masters’ in Business Administration from Columbia University, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Bombay, India.
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 member 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 the insurance industry.
Umeshi De Fonseka
Director Information Technology / Chief Technology Officer
Umeshi heads the IT function of the Company and is responsible for the development and implementation of the IT strategy and mapping out the digital transformation roadmap. He counts over 15 years of experience in the IT & Digital Business spaces in diversified conglomerates which have businesses in Sri Lanka, India & Maldives.
Prior to joining AIA he was the Group Head of ICT & Digital business of a leading diversified group of companies where he was a key stakeholder in pioneering the cloud journey of the company & improving the business IT alignment. He also oversaw the corporate communications and group sustainability functions.
He holds a master’s degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK and a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology from Staffordshire University, UK. He is also a member of the British Computer Society.
Director & Chief Officer - Legal, Governance & Operations
Chathuri heads the Legal, Governance and External Relations functions and in addition holds interim responsibility for the Operations function.
She is an Attorney-at-Law and holds a bachelor and a master of laws from the University of Colombo. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, UK and holds an international diploma in compliance of the International Compliance Association, UK. Chathuri is a Board and Audit Committee member of International Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka and heads its Training & Development Committee.
Chathuri counts over 20 years of leadership experience in the fields of corporate law, compliance, company secretarial practice, customer service and business operations and was previously the Director Human Resources of the Company.
Director – Partnership Distribution
Ashean heads the Bancassurance and Partnership Distribution function of the Company and is responsible for Bancassurance sales and operations.
Ashean joined AIA from Global Payments Asia Pacific Lanka (Pvt) Ltd where his most recent role was of Country Director – Sri Lanka & Maldives, responsible for the management and growth of the organization, both in Sri Lanka and Maldives. Whilst being the Country Director, he was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Company. Ashean was previously a banker, with management positions held in Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC where his forte included diverse experiences in retail banking, direct sales, credit card products and merchant acquisitions.
Ashean holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (Cardiff Metropolitan, UK) and Professional Certificate in Marketing – Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). A talented ruggerite produced by S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, Ashean has captained Sri Lanka National Rugby Seven’s team, CR & FC Rugby team, S. Thomas’ Rugby team as well as being a part of Sri Lanka’s National Rugby 15 a side team.
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 of experience in the insurance industry in the areas of investments, strategy, risk and finance, and over 15 years of 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 the Insurance Association of Sri Lanka