Mr. Pradeep Amirthanayagam has been appointed as the Independent Non-Executive Chairman of the People’s Leasing and Finance PLC with effect from 12 September.
He was appointed to the Board of People’s Leasing & Finance PLC as an Independent Non-Executive Director on the 15th of July 2022.
On previous occasion he had served on the Board of People’s Leasing as the Deputy Chairman from 2015-2019 and briefly as the Chairman in 2019/2020. He had also been a Director of the Lankan Alliance Finance Ltd in Bangladesh.
Mr. Amirthanayagam is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK) and an Associate Member of Trinity College of Music, UK in Speech and Drama. Mr. Amirthanayagam is also a media icon. He was a News Presenter for Rupavahini, ITN and SLBC media networks. He was also an Interviewer and a Cricket Commentator. He also had the distinction of having trained at “Bush House”, the Headquarters of BBC in London.
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He was the 50th President of the Rotary Club of Colombo West and he was awarded the “Rotarian of the Year” in 2012. He is the Vice President of the Society for the Uplift and Rehabilitation of Leprosy Affected Persons (SUROL) and he is a Director of the Anura Bandaranaike Foundation.
Mr. Amirthanayagam was preceded by Mr. Sujeewa Rajapakse and with the appointment of Mr. Amirthanayagam as the Independent Non Executive Chairman of People’s Leasing, the Board of Directors of People’s Leasing comprises of Mr. R. Pathirage, Mr. K.C.J.C. Fonseka, Mr. A.A. Ahamat, Mr. C.J. Wijetillake, Mr. U.L.A.W. Bandara, Ms. M.C. Pietersz, and Mr. R. Kodituwakku.
People’s Leasing is a leading Non-Bank Finance Institution in Sri Lanka and the flagship subsidiary of the People’s Bank, which is one of the largest state-owned banks in the country. Having commenced business operations in 1996 as a specialised leasing company, People’s Leasing was listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange in 2011. Today, People’s Leasing has grown to become a diversified non-bank finance powerhouse with six subsidiaries in allied areas of specialisation including an overseas venture in Bangladesh.