Mr Rohan Fernando was appointed as Director/Chairman of the Company in January 2020. He also serves as Director/Chairman of Mobitel (Private) Ltd., eChanneling PLC, SLT Digital Info Services (Private) Ltd., SLT Visioncom (Private) Ltd., SLT Human Capital Solutions (Private) Ltd., Sky Network (Private) Ltd., SLT Property Management (Private) Ltd., Sri Lanka Telecom (Services) Limited, SLT Campus (Private) Ltd., Mobit Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., and Director of Galle Submarine Cable Depot (Private) Ltd.. He is also a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Mr Fernando has over 40 years of experience in the tea industry and has been successful in innovation, promoting and marketing the traditional beverage of tea in many variants. He is the creator of the global tea brand HELADIV registered in 40 countries. He began his career as a Tea Taster at Carson Cumberbatch & Co., Ltd. In 1975. Mr Fernando joined Brooke Bond Ceylon Limited and served as a Manager in the Tea Department from 1979 to 1989 with a secondment of one year as a Tea Trader, at its headquarters in the United Kingdom in 1982.
In 1990, he established HVA Lanka Exports as a joint venture with the Dutch agricultural conglomerate HVA Holdings bv and expanded the organisation to include several subsidiary companies, HVA Foods PLC., HVA Beverages & HVA Holdings. He functioned as the Chairman and CEO of the HVA Group as well as HVA Farms (Pvt) Ltd., an organic agro-resort in the NWP. Currently he serves on the Board of HVA Foods Plc as its founder-adviser. He served on the Colombo Tea Traders Association as a member and also as a Director on the Sri Lanka Tea Board and as an Independent Director of the Sri Lanka Industrial Technology Institute from 2015 to 2016. He is also an Independent, Non-Executive Director of Ceylinco Insurance (General) Ltd.
Mr Fernando functioned as the President of the National Chamber of Exporters in 2008 and 2009. He served as the elected Chairman of the Tea Exporters Association of Sri Lanka from 2014 to 2016. He is a National award winner since 1997 at the NCE Exports Awards and was selected “Exporter of the Year” winning Gold awards in 4 categories, in 1999. He was also awarded “Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the year 2015”, winning the National Gold award and “Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the year 2015”, with a Provincial Gold award.
He is a multi-disciplined sportsman having represented the school at Rowing, Volleyball, Tennis and Hockey. He represented and captained Sri Lanka at Rowing. He functioned as the President of the Sri Lanka Amateur Rowing Association for several years and was also a senior member of the National Olympic Committee. Currently, he serves as a member of the National Sports Council of Sri Lanka
Director/Group Chief Executive Officer
Mr Lalith Seneviratne, was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 23 January 2020. Thereafter, he was appointed as an Executive Director/Group Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2020. He is also a member of the Technology Subcommittee. He serves in the Boards of e-Channeling PLC, Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka Telecom (Services) Ltd., SLT Digital Info Services (Pvt) Ltd., SLT Visioncom (Pvt) Ltd., and Mobit Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.
He is an engineer by training. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in the corporate field, primarily with Motorola Corporation.
Mr Seneviratne obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics from the University of Kent, UK and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada. He pursued a career in telecommunications starting in 1982 at the then Sri Lanka Telecommunications Department (present day SLT). In 1988, he became the head of engineering of Celltel, setting up South Asia’s first mobile telephone network.
In 1990 Mr Seneviratne accepted a position with Motorola Corporation and moved to Singapore on a regional role. During this period he developed Motorola’s relationship with SLT that enabled SLT to provide telephone service to remote areas including restoring telephone service to Jaffna in 1996.
Since leaving Motorola Mr Seneviratne has carried out several professional consulting assignments in telecommunications and renewable energy, while engaging in rural electrification activities during his spare time. He was part of a team that set up four grid connected mini-hydropower systems. He implemented Sri Lanka’s first off-grid village solar electrification system in 2001 and Sri Lanka’s first off-grid village biomass electrification system in 2004.
In the period 2006 to 2009, Mr Seneviratne was a member of the Board of Directors of Lanka Transformers Ltd., and its Chairman during the latter part. He was a member of the inaugural governing Board of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.
Currently Mr Seneviratne is a member of the Board of Directors of four mini-hydropower companies – M/s Escas Owala (Pvt) Ltd., Escas Ankanda (Pvt) Ltd., Escas Diggala (Pvt) Ltd., and Escas Kiula (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr Seneviratne is the recipient of the Year 1999 Motorola CEO Award for Volunteerism. For his voluntary services to the Department of Wildlife Conservation he was made an Honorary Director in the Department. For his innovation he was elected a Lemelson Fellow and for his sustainable development activities he was elected an Ashoka Fellow. On the 20th Anniversary of the Internet Society of Sri Lanka, he was recognised as one of twenty-five people having contributed to the early development of the Internet in Sri Lanka.
Mr Seneviratne is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, UK.
Mr Lawrence Paratz was appointed to the Board of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC as an Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 26 May 2010. He is the Chairman of the Technology Subcommittee and a member of the Senior Tender Board and Remuneration & Nomination Committee. He serves on the Boards of e-Channelling PLC, Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd., SLT Property Management (Pvt) Ltd., SLT Campus (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka Telecom (Services) Ltd., SLT Visioncom (Pvt) Ltd., Mobit Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., and SLT Digital Info Services (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr Lawrence Paratz holds an M. Sc. (Telecommunication Systems) with Distinction, and was awarded the Philips prize from Essex University, and an M. Eng. Sc. from the University of Queensland.
He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust) and an alumnus of the Stanford University Executive Development Programme. He also holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Science and Engineering (Honours). In 2011, he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
Mr Paratz has more than 40 years experience in all facets of the telecommunication including mobile, fixed, broadband, satellite and international networks both domestic, and international. This includes capital and infrastructure development, operations, sales, customer service and regulatory issues. As a Director and Chief Executive of Acacia Australia Pty Ltd., he was responsible for development of an integrated proposal for delivery of national broadband communication for Australia.
He has served as a Director of Maxis Communication Berhad, Chairman of the Technology Committee of the Board, as a Director of Vernet Pty Ltd., a Company providing ultra high speed Broadband to Universities and Research Establishments in Australia, and a former Senior Executive of Telstra Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Real Thing AI Pty Ltd., an Australian high technology company with subsidiaries in the USA and UK, and Razorback Pty Ltd., a company incorporated in Victoria, Australia. He is an Advisor to major companies in the Australian Telecommunication market.
Mr Paratz has had executive responsibility for multi-billion dollar programmes and integrations including network transformations and deployments across multiple technologies, with extensive experience in international, metropolitan and regional and rural communications. He previously served as a member of the Board of the Australian Government’s Internet Assistance Programme. He has been an invited speaker at the Australian Health Informatics Conference, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
He was formerly Chairman of the On-Trac@Peter Mac Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Programme, and has been involved in a number of initiatives in e-health.
Mr Chan Chee Beng was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director on 5 June 2008 and subsequently to the Board of Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd., SLT Property Management (Pvt) Ltd., SLT Campus (Pvt) Ltd. SLT Digital Info Services (Pvt) Ltd., and SLT Visioncom (Pvt) Ltd. He also serves as the Chairman of Remuneration & Nomination Committee.
He counts over 40 years of experience in investment banking, general and financial management and accounting. He worked at Ernst & Young and Morgan Grenfell & Co. Ltd., prior to joining the Usaha Tegas Sdn Bhd (UTSB) Group in 1992 as Head of Corporate Finance. He serves on the Boards of several companies including Bumi Armada Berhad, Binariang GSM Sdn Bhd, Maxis Communications Berhad of Malaysia and Yu Cai Foundation.
Mr Chan holds an Honours Degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Ms Lai was appointed to the Board of SLT as a Independent Non-Executive Director on 9 May 2014. She also serves on the Boards of Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd., SLT Human Capital Solutions (Pvt) Ltd., and Galle Submarine Cable Depot (Pvt) Ltd. She is the Chairperson of Related Party Transactions Review Committee and a member of the Audit Committee, and Senior Tender Board.
She has over 35 years of experience in finance, procurement and audit areas in telecommunications, banking and government sectors. She was previously with Maxis Berhad and is currently the Finance Head of Maxis Communications Berhad. She is also a Non-Executive Director of a few subsidiaries of Maxis Communication Berhad.
Ms Lai holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Melbourne University, Australia and is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Certified Practicing Accountant of CPA Australia.
Mr Mohoan Weerakoon, was appointed to the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 23 January 2020. He is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Senior Tender Board and Related Party Transactions Review Committee. He also serves on the Board of SLT Human Capital Solutions (Pvt) Ltd., SLT Campus (Pvt) Ltd., and SLT Property Management (Pvt) Ltd.
Mr Weerakoon is a senior legal practitioner who counts more than 36 years of experience as a civil and criminal counsel. He was appointed a Presidents Counsel in 2017.
He has served as a Director of Sinhaputhra Finance PLC and Deputy Mayor and Councilor of the Municipal Council of Matale, and Central Provincial Councilor.
With over two decades of experience in Telecommunications and IT, Organisational Development, Human Resources and Marketing, Mr Ranjith G Rubasinghe was appointed to the Board of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC as a Non-Executive Director on 23 January 2020.
During his diverse professional career, he has served as Vice-President of the Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), Council Member of the University of Colombo and the Council of the Board of Management at University of Colombo – School of Computing. He also serves as a member of the Council of the Open University of Sri Lanka and the Bikkhu University of Sri Lanka.
He is the Founder President and CEO of the SLT Campus (Pvt) Ltd., (SLTC), which is the only corporate powered, research based, fully residential university in the country. Under his leadership, SLTC became the “Most Emerging Education Institute of the Year at the South Asian Business Excellence Awards 2019” and has also been recognised at the “National Business Excellence Awards 2019” in Sri Lanka.
With an MBA from the University of Colombo, a Postgraduate Diploma in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering and a BSc Engineering in Electrical and Electronics, Mr Rubasinghe is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), Fellow Member of Chartered Professional Managers of Sri Lanka (CPM), Certified Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
Mr Rubasinghe has been with Sri Lanka Telecom PLC for over 20 years and he held the positions of CEO/SLT Human Capital Solutions (Pvt) Ltd., and Head of SLT RAINBOW PAGES as well.
Among his personal achievements, he was awarded the Chartered Engineer of the Year 2011 at IESL’s Engineering Excellence Awards, the “HR Leadership Award” at the Global HR Excellence Awards 2010 and 2013, and “The Education Leadership Award” at the Sri Lanka Education Leadership Awards 2019 & 2020.
Mr Saman Fernando was appointed to the Board as a Non–Executive Director on 10 December 2020. He is the Chairman of the Senior Tender Board and serves as a member of the Audit Committee and Related Party Transactions Review Committee.
Mr Saman Fernando is the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury of the Ministry of Finance. He is a special grade officer in the Sri Lanka Administrative Service. He joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service in 1991. With over 25 years of experience in the public service, he has held various executive level positions in a number of ministries and departments. During his tenure, he has worked in the Department of Public Enterprise and the Department of Management Services, under General Treasury. He has also served in the Ministry of Finance as the Director General of Human Resources.
Mr Saman Fernando has gained his first Degree in Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Kelaniya. He also obtained a law degree from the Open University. In 2003, he took oath as an Attorney at Law. He holds MA in Financial Economics from University of Colombo and Postgraduate Diploma in Information Management from SLIIT.
Group Company Secretary
Mr Mahesh Athukorale is an Attorney-at-Law. He holds an MBA from the University of Colombo, and a Bachelor’s Degree of Law from the Open University of Sri Lanka. He is an Associate Member of The Chartered Governance Institute of UK.
In his career spanning over 26 years he has more than 18 years of experience in the SLT Group and over eight years in the mercantile and financial sectors.
He also functions as Company Secretary for Board Subcommittees and subsidiaries of SLT Group.