Board of Directors

Mr. A.M. Pandithage - Chairman

Appointed to the Board and as Chairman of Horana Plantations PLC effective March 2017.

Joined Hayleys Group in 1969. Appointed to the Board of Hayleys PLC in 1998. Chairman & Chief Executive of Hayleys PLC since July 2009.

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK). Honorary Consul of United Mexican States (Mexico) to Sri Lanka. Committee Member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Council Member the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon. Member of the Maritime Advisory Council of the Ministry of Ports & Shipping. Member of the Advisory Council of the Ceylon Association of Ships’ Agents. Member of the National Steering Committee on Skills Sector Development of the Department of National Planning.



Mr. K.D.D. Perera - Deputy Chairman(Alternate Mr.K.D.G.Gunaratne)

Appointed to the Board in May 2013, Mr. Dhammika Perera is the quintessential strategist and business specialist with interests in a variety of key industries including manufacturing, banking and finance, hospitality and hydropower generation. He has nearly thirty years of experience in building formidable business through unmatched strategic foresight.

As Chairman/ Managing Director of Vallibel One PLC., an investment vehicle with significant shareholdings in publicly quoted and private companies in Sri Lanka, Mr. Perera is recognized as an icon of expertise in corporate re- engineering and revival. Currently Mr. Perera is the Chairman of Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC, Lanka Ceramic PLC, Lanka Tiles PLC, Lanka Walltiles PLC, The Fortress Resorts PLC, Vallibel Power Erathna PLC and Delmege Ltd. He is the Co-Chairman of Hayleys PLC, The Kingsbury PLC, and Executive Deputy Chairman of LB Finance PLC. He is also an Executive Director of Vallibel Finance PLC and serves on the Boards of Amaya Leisure PLC, Haycarb PLC, Hayleys Fabric PLC, Dipped Products PLC, Sun Tan Beach Resorts Ltd and Hayleys Global Beverages (Pvt) Ltd.


Mr. W.G.R. Rajadurai - Managing Director

Appointed as Managing Director of Horana Plantations PLC and as a Director of Vallibel Plantations Management Limited effective March 2017.

Managing Director of Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC and Kelani Valley Plantations PLC from January 2013 and a member of the Hayleys Group Management Committee. Director of Maborc Teas (Pvt) Ltd and Hayleys Global Beverages (Pvt) Ltd. Prior to rejoining, served as Director/CEO of Kahawatta Plantations PLC and held Senior Plantation Management positions in Kelani Valley Plantations PLC from 1993 to 2001. He has a Diploma in Marketing (UK), National Diploma in Plantation Management (NIPM), BSc., in Plantation Management and an MBA from the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, Peradeniya. He is a Fellow Member of the National Institute of Plantation Management and Institute of Management, Sri Lanka. He was the Chairman of the Planters’ Association of Sri Lanka, Member of the Tea Board, Member of the Rubber Research Board and also currently a member of the Tea Research Institute Board, Tea Small Holder Development Authority Board and a member of the Tea Council of Sri Lanka. He was appointed to the Tea Advisory Boards on Manufacturing and Cultivation and Production of the Sri Lanka Quality Charter for Tea. He is the Chairman of the Consultative Committee on Estate and Advisory Services, Experiment and Extension Forum of the Tea Research Institute and is a Member of the Consultative Committee on Research of the TRI. He is also a member of the Standing Committee on Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Sciences of the University Grant Commission as well as a Member of the Arbitration and Mediation Steering Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.


Mr. J. Manuja Kariapperuma (Director / Chief Executive Officer)

Director/Chief Executive Officer of Horana Plantations PLC since December, 2013 and serves in the Board of Directors of Vallibel Plantation Management Ltd., and Uni-Dil Packaging Ltd.

He is in continuous service for 34 years in the Plantation Industry of which 25 years in the Senior Management capacity in the Corporate Sector.

He has functioned as Head of Produce/ Marketing at Hapugastenne Plantations PLC and Udapussellawa Plantations PLC managed by Finlays Tea Estates Lanka Ltd., as well as the Manufacturing Advisor of Balangoda Plantations PLC.

He is commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel in the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force as a Professional Officer and also has successfully completed a course in General Management Programme conducted by the Business School of National University of Singapore.



Mr. L. J. A. Fernando

Mr. Lalin Fernando was appointed as a Director of Horana Plantations PLC on 4th May 2001. He is also the Managing Director of Standard Trading Company (Pvt) Ltd., and a Director of LF Teas (Pvt) Ltd., STC Logistics (Pvt) Ltd., STC Trading House (Pvt) Ltd., and Marlinkspike Property Developers (Pvt) Ltd.


Dr. S. Selliah (MBBS, M.Phil)

Dr. Selliah holds an MBBS degree and a Master’s Degree (M.Phil). He has over two decades of diverse experience in various fields which include areas of manufacturing, healthcare, plantations, packaging, logistics and retail.

He currently holds the position of Deputy Chairman of Asiri Hospitals Holdings PLC, Deputy Chairman of Asiri Surgical Hospital PLC and Central Hospitals (Pvt) Ltd. He is a Director of Lanka Tiles PLC, Softlogic Holdings PLC, ODEL PLC, Lanka Walltiles PLC, HNB Assurance PLC, ACL Cables PLC, Lanka Ceramic PLC, Swisstek (Ceylon) PLC and Swisstek Aluminium Limited. Dr. Selliah is the Chairman of JAT Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, Cleanco Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Dr. Selliah serves on the Audit Committee, Investment committee, Risk committee, Strategic planning committee, Related Party Transaction committee and Remuneration Committee of some of the companies listed above.



Mr. K.D.H Perera (Alternate Mr.N.T.Bogahalande)

Mr. Harendra Perera joined the Board of Horana Plantations PLC in 2013. He is also a Director of Vallibel Leisure (Pvt) Ltd and holds directorships in other private sector companies which are under the Vallibel Group.


Mr. A. Nishantha Wickramasinghe

Mr. Wickremasinghe was appointed to Horana Plantations PLC in December, 2013. He also serves as a Director of Udapussellawa Plantations PLC and Hapugastenne Plantations PLC.

Until early 2012, Mr Wickremasinghe was General Manager of Finlay Tea Estates Sri Lanka PLC an integral part of a most respected business conglomerate in Sri Lanka, which commenced operations in 1893. It is owned by the global Swire Group, which has tea estate holdings in Kenya and Sri Lanka.

Mr Wickremasinghe has extensive senior management experience and technical expertise in the plantation sector in Sri Lanka. His specialised training includes: Logging and harvesting trees in Germany’s Black Forest; Plant breeding at the Ravi Shankar University in Raipur, India, and in Sloping Agriculture Land Technology in Mindanao, Philippines.



Mr. K.D.G. Gunaratne (Alternate Director)

Mr. Gunaratne studied at St. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia and was a member of the Western Province Council during the period 1989 to 2009.

He currently holds the position of Chairman Lanka Hotels & Residences (Pvt) Ltd and Urban Investments & Development Company (Pvt) Ltd. He also serves as a Director of Lanka Tiles PLC, Lanka Walltiles PLC, Lanka Ceramic PLC and Dipped Products PLC.


Mr. N.T. Bogahalande (Alternate Director)

Appointed to the Board of Horana PlantationsPLC on 4th October 2013.

Dr. Bogahalande counts over 25 years of Managerial experience in Plantation, Manufacturing, Trading and Financial sectors. Member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants Australia, Associate Member of the Institute of
Personnel Management (Inc) Sri Lanka, received his PhD from Management and Science University, Malaysia and published articles in international refereed journals and conference proceedings. He served as an Advisory Council Member and was conferred with the most prestigious ‘Pride of HR Profession’ award by World HRD Congress in
2006 and 2010 respectively.

He serves as the Group Head of Human Resources of Vallibel One PLC and Royal Ceramics Lanka PLC. He is also the Director of Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC, Vallibel Plantation Management Ltd., LB Management Services (Pvt) Ltd., Delmege Coir (Pvt) Ltd. and Uni-Dil Packaging Ltd.





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