Business News Update: Mr. Manjula de Silva will assume duties as the Secretary General and CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, from February 1st, 2020. Mr. de Silva takes over from Mrs. Dhara Wijayatilake who retires from that position after serving in that capacity since March 2016.
Mr. de Silva has held several senior positions in the Private Sector as well as in the Public Sector, including as a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka, as the Chairperson of the National Insurance Trust Fund, as the Managing Director and CEO of HNB Assurance PLC, and the Director General of the Public Enterprises Reform Commission, among others.
Mr. de Silva served as the Chairman of the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Sri Lanka Board in 2016, and was subsequently appointed to its Regional Board for MESANA (Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa) Region. He is a Past President of both Insurance Association of Sri Lanka (IASL) and Unit Trust Association of Sri Lanka (UTASL).
Currently Mr. Silva serves as a Board Member of BPPL Holdings Ltd. since 2016, and a Board Member of the Tea Smallholder Factories PLC since 2017.
Mr. de Silva has been engaged with the work of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce since 1996, having served on the Chamber Committee and being actively involved in several other initiatives. He has also served as the Chairman of its Steering Committee on Insurance. He currently serves as a member of the Chamber Economic Policy Steering Committee as well as the National Agenda Committee on Public Sector Reforms.