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Board of Directors

Ajit Gunewardene

Mr. Ajit Gunewardene is the present Chairman of John Keells Stock Brokers (Pvt) Ltd, and the Deputy Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC and has been a member of its Board for over 20 years. He is a Director of many companies in the John Keells Group and is the Chairman of Union Assurance PLC. He is a member of the board of SLINTEC, a company established for the development of nanotechnology in Sri Lanka under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology. He is also an Advisory Committee Member of COSTI, the coordinating Secretariat for Science Technology and Innovation under the purview of the Minister of Scientific Affairs. He has also served as the Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange and Nations Trust Bank PLC. Mr. Gunewardene has a degree in Economics and has over 30 years of management experience.


Susantha Ratnayake

Mr. Susantha Ratnayake was appointed as the Chairman and CEO of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) in January 2006 and has served on the JKH Board since 1992/93. He is also the Chairman of many of the listed and un-listed companies within the Group. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Employers' Federation of Ceylon and serves on several clusters of the National Council for Economic Development. He has over 35 years of management experience, within the John Keells Group.


Krishan Balendra

Mr. Krishan Balendra was appointed to the Board of John Keells Stock Brokers (Pvt) Ltd in 2007.  He is President and member of the Group Executive Committee of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) and is responsible for the Retail sector.  He is the Chairman of the Nations Trust Bank PLC and outgoing Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange.  He started his professional career at UBS Warburg, Hong Kong, in investment banking, focusing primarily on equity capital markets.  After a four year stint in Hong Kong, he continued his career in corporate finance at Aitken Spence & Co. PLC, Sri Lanka prior to joining JKH.  Krishan holds a law degree (LLB) from the University of London and an MBA from INSEAD.