Dr. Sivakumar Selliah

Dr. Sivakumar Selliah (MBBS, M.Phil)

CHAIRMAN

Appointed: 2014

Dr. Selliah has been the Chairman of JAT Holdings Limited from 2014. He who holds an MBBS degree and a Master’s Degree (M.Phil) has over two decades of diverse experience in multiple fields.

Currently he is the Deputy Chairman of Asiri Hospitals Holdings PLC and the Deputy Chairman of Asiri Surgical Hospital PLC. He is a Director of HNB Assurance PLC, Lanka Tiles PLC, Softlogic Holdings PLC, ODEL PLC, Lanka Walltiles PLC, ACL Cables PLC, Lanka Ceramic PLC, Swisstek (Ceylon) PLC and Swisstek Aluminium Pvt Ltd. He is also the Deputy Chairman of Central Hospital (Pvt) Ltd.

Dr. Selliah is also the Chairman of Cleanco Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Greensands (Pvt) Ltd and Vydexa (Lanka) Power Corporation (Pvt) Ltd. He has served as a Senior Lecturer in the Medical Faculty for many years in the past.

He also serves on the following Board Sub Committees of some of the companies listed above as a Member or Chairman: Human Resource and Remuneration Committee, Related Party Transactions Committee, Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.

Aelian Gunawardene FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

Aelian Gunawardene

Founder and Managing Director

As the founder of JAT Holdings Limited in 1993, Aelian has been the focal asset of the company, pioneering new innovations and steering JAT towards unchartered terrain, while increasing market share and helping build unequivocal brand equity. He has led JAT towards being recognized as the only private company in Sri Lanka that has been awarded a Moody’s ICRA rating of “A+ Stable” for four consecutive years.

Aelian holds a Diploma in Marketing Management from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He is one of Sri Lanka’s most respected corporate leaders, bringing more than 25 years of leadership experience and strategic expertise to the Board.

He was confirmed and awarded the honour as Sri Lanka’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.

Aelian was also recognized among LMD’s “Top 23 Business people of the Year” for 2017, and has been on the LMD’s A List in 2018, 2019 and 2020 a list that features the leaders of the business world in Sri Lanka.

Aelian Gunawardene FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
"Joyce Gunawardene NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR "

Joyce Gunawardene

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Appointed: 2015

Joyce was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Company in May, 2015 and held the post of Director Promotions at JAT Holdings from 2006 till 2017. She holds a B.Sc. Degree in Psychology from the University of NSW Australia and has over 15 years of experience in the field of Advertising and Promotion.

Hussain Akbarally NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Hussain Akbarally

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Appointed: 2016

He holds a degree in Science from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Hussain currently serves as an Executive Director of Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd, and its subsidiaries. Akbar Brothers is Sri Lanka’s largest exporter of Ceylon Tea to the international market and has diversified interests in the areas of pharmaceuticals, import trading, renewable energy, property management, manufacturing, hospitality, agriculture and environmental control. Hussain has spearheaded the Group’s ventures into the avenues of solar power, hospitality and agriculture amongst others.

Hussain Akbarally NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Girish Patil NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Girish Patil

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Appointed: 2019

Girish is the Managing Director of NDB Zephyr Partners Lanka (Pvt) Limited, a joint venture between Zephyr Management L.P., a New York based global private equity firm and National Development Bank PLC, a leading commercial bank in Sri Lanka. NDB Zephyr manages Emerald Sri Lanka Fund I Limited, which is the largest private equity fund in Sri Lanka.

He has more than 15 years of investing experience, with cumulative investments of approximately US$ 270 million across various sectors such as manufacturing, consumer, media, power, IT/ITES and education. Prior to joining NDB Zephyr, Girish worked in prominent investment firms such Nalanda Capital (Singapore), Warburg Pincus (India) and Sage Capital (India).

Girish also serves on the Board of Cleanline Linen Management (Pvt) Limited. He holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Business Administration from SDM-IMD, India.

Richard Gunawardene DIRECTOR/CEO – JAT PROPERTY GROUP (PVT) LTD

Richard Gunawardene

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Appointed: 2020

A marketing professional with multi-faceted experience within and outside the JAT Group, Richard brings a youthful dynamism to the organization and has contributed towards fostering an agile and innovation-driven culture.

Commencing his career at JAT Holdings as a marketing executive, Richard rapidly rose through the ranks to the position of Head of Marketing – a role he held for 2 years and was instrumental in the Group’s success in Sri Lanka and overseas, leveraging on his marketing expertise in foreign regions.

In 2017, Richard co-founded the property development sector in the company and in just 3 years has delivered two apartment towers and is current working on 2 housing projects in central Sri Lanka and 1 mixed development in the Capital of Sri Lanka. Richard has also taken on the role of heading the company’s strategy for the future and is the Director for the luxury retail sector of JAT Holdings since 2019.

Richard holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Curtin University, Western Australia. He is a Co-Founder of Ceylon Hemp Effect (Pvt) Ltd and as a founding member of EO Sri Lanka (Entrepreneurs Organization) he currently holds a board seat as the Integration Chair.

Richard Gunawardene DIRECTOR/CEO – JAT PROPERTY GROUP (PVT) LTD
Anika Gunawardene-Williamson NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Anika Gunawardene-Williamson

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Appointed: 2020

Anika has over 8 years’ of experience working in the finance, import, export and banking industries. After starting her career as Head of Finance for JAT from 2012 to 2016, Anika sought international experience and worked for a leading Australian Bank for three years, within their private banking division.

Upon her return to Sri Lanka in 2020, Anika was appointed as the Director of International Subsidiaries of JAT Holdings, and given the arduous task of expanding JAT into new international markets starting with Australia.

A former student of St. Bridget’s College, she holds a Double Degree in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from Curtin University, Australia, where she graduated in the top 2% of her year and was a member of the prestigious Pro Vice Chancellors Chapter.

Devaka Cooray

Devaka Cooray

Non-Executive Independent Director

Appointed: 2021

Mr. Devaka Cooray is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom. Mr. Cooray currently functions as the Managing Director of Management Systems (Pvt) Ltd., alongside serving as a Director of Hatton National Bank (PLC) and Life Insurance Corporation (Lanka) Ltd.

With decades of extensive experience, Mr. Cooray formerly worked with Ernst & Young for over 40 years, out of which he served as a Senior Assurance and Talent Partner for 30 years. During his term at Ernst & Young, Mr. Cooray also functioned as the Deputy Managing Partner from 2016 to 2019 and served as a member of Ernst & Young’s Management Committee since its establishment in 1998, until his retirement in 2019. He played an integral role in establishing the Ernst & Young Practice in the Republic of Maldives in 1995 with the responsibility of overall management of the Maldivian Practice since its inception.

Devaka Cooray
Priyanthi Pieris

Priyanthi Pieris

Non-Executive Independent Director

Appointed: 2021

Mrs. Priyanthi Pieris is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, a Solicitor of England and Wales and also serves as a member of the Committee set up by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka. With over 39 years of experience in the field of Corporate/Securities Law, Mrs. Pieris’ expertise spans across handling corporate restructuring, privatizations, capital market transaction, take-overs and mergers.

Mrs. Pieris also serves on the Boards of Asia Asset Finance PLC, LOLC Finance PLC, Abans Electricals PLC, Associated Electrical Corporation Ltd, MTN Corporate Consultants (Pvt) Ltd and is the current Chairperson / Consultant of P W Corporate Secretarial (Pvt) Ltd – a firm which provides Secretarial and Registrars Services to a large number of companies listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange. Mrs. Pieris has also served as the Legal Adviser for the Ministry of Finance from 2004 to 2011.