Corporate Management

Mr. T.A. Ariyapala - General Manager / CEO

Mr. T.A.Ariyapala who is currently the General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of Regional Development Bank, completes 38 years of banking service in various capacities specialized in Development Banking, Cooperatives and Branch Banking, branch operations & SME. Mr. Ariyapala joined the Peoples Bank in 1978 and served at the levels of Branch Manager, Regional Manager, Zonal Assistant General Manager and Deputy General Manager up to September 2014. He holds a B. Sc Business Administration Special Degree and also a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) and is an Attorney at Law. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (FIB) and also an associate member of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (MAAT). He has received extensive local and overseas training and exposure in Cooperatives, Project Lending, Micro Finance, Human Resource Management and Branch Business/ Banking and has rejuvenated SME Banking, SME Centre Concept & development lending during his tenure at People’s Bank

Mr. Ajith Alahakoon - Deputy General Manager - Recovery

Mr. Alahakoon graduated from the University of Sri Jayawardanapra Sri Lanka with a Special Degree in Commerce, in 1987. He is an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka as well as Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. He started his Banking carrier at Peoples Bank in 1979. Moreover, he has deeply involved in the formation of SANASA Development Bank as a member of steering committee. Subsequently he moved to LB Finance Ltd, and dedicated his service for seven successful years as an Assistant General Manager. Mr Alahakoon has over 39 years of finance and general management experience in banking industry and financial services. Furthermore, he involved in formation of Abans Finance Ltd and became its first General Manager in 2006. He undertook the Assignment of formation of Global Trust Finance Ltd: in 2010 as its first General Manger/CEO and was responsible for carrying out the functions of the day to day operations of the company.

Mr. T. Kuhan - Chief Risk Officer

Mr.T.Kuhan, a professional banker, joined RDB in September 2011 after serving two reputed private banks, namely HNB and Union Bank. He counts over 25 years of continuous service exclusively in the banking sector in different managerial capacities with exposure to development banking, corporate credit, branch banking, risk management and trade financing. He is a holder of Masters in Financial Economics and postgraduate Diploma in Economic Development both from University of Colombo. His other qualifications are Postgraduate-Diploma in Bank Management and Diploma in Banking & Finance both from institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL) and National Diploma in Technology (NDT) in Mechanical Engineering awarded by University of Moratuwa. He is a Senior Fellowship holder of Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Vajira Jayasinghe - Chief Information Officer

Mr. Jayasinghe, an information Technology professional with more than twenty years of experience joined Regional Development Bank in June 2011. He holds a B.Sc Engineering Degree from the University of Moratuwa. He also has a Master of Engineering Degree from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii, USA. After graduation, he started his career as a Systems Engineer at IBM World Trade Corporation. He counts more than fifteen years of work experience in Senior Management positions of financial services and banking industry. A Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) of the British Computer Society and a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) of the Project Management Institute of USA, Mr Jayasinghe is a Chartered Engineer in Information and Communication Technology.

Mr. Jagath Karunathilaka - Head of Human Resources Development & Administration

Mr. Jagath Karunathilaka, a HR specialist with more than 30 years' experience, joined RDB in July 2014. He worked as Assistant General Manager/Head - Human Resources & Logistics of State Mortgage and Investment Bank (SMIB). He served as Additional Project Director (HRD & Admin.) in Gemidiriya (World Bank-aided project). He also worked as Director - HRD and Administration of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and Senior Management Consultant and Manager - Admin and Finance of Sri Lanka Institute ofCo-operative Management. Mr. Karunathilaka possesses a Degree in Business Administration from University of Sri Jayewardenepura (1986), holds a Postgraduate Certificate in HRM (1996) and an MBA (2003) from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM). He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Personnel Management of Sri Lanka (IPM). He is a recipient of the National HR Excellence Award 2010 from IPM. Mr. Karunathilakahas obtained certification for conducting HRD Audits from IPM (2017) as "Certified HR Auditor".

Mr. P. Sumeda Edirisooriya - Chief Finance Officer

Mr. Sumeda Edirisuriya graduated from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka with a Bachelor of Science Special Degree in Business Administration in 1992. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and also possesses a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Colombo. Mr. Edirisuriya counts over 26 years of experience in the fields of Auditing, Accounting, Taxation Management Consultancy and Banking & Finance at leading institutions including Ernst & Young – Colombo, National Development Bank and Seylan Bank. He joined RDB in January 2017. Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer at RDB, he has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Compliance Officer and Acting General Manager /CEO at Lankaputhra Development Bank.

Mr. A.H.M.M.B.Jayasinghe - Deputy General Manager - Operations & Business Support

Mr. A.H.M.M.B. Jayasinghe graduate from the University of Sri Jayawardanapura Sri Lanka with a Bsc. Business Administration special degree, in 1986. He holds Post Graduate Executive Diploma in Bank Management from Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, Post Graduate Diploma in Management from University of Waymba, Post Graduate Diploma in Regional Development from NIBM Sri Lanka and M.B.A. from University of Waymba. After the graduation he joined the Regional Development bank in 1987 and served at the levels of Branch Manager, Zonal Manager, District Manager, Chief Manager, Assistant General Manager and Regional General Manager. Mr. A.H.M.M.B. Jayasinghe has over 30 years of experience in Banking Industry.

Mr. C.L. Pihillanda - Deputy General Manager - Credit

Mr. Pihillanda has successfully completed the degree in Bachelor of Commerce from University of Kelaniya. He holds Post Graduate Diploma in Management from University of Peradeniya. Also passed Intermediate Examination from Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. He was joined to the bank (previously Mahanuawara Regional Rural Development Bank/RRDB) as a Manager. During his career of banking he has gained wide range of experience in management level as a Branch Manager, Chief Manager, Assistant General Manager and also as a Regional General Manager in Sabaragamuwa and Southern Provinces.

Mr. Pihillanda represented Employees Union committees and welfare Committees during his career life in the bank. Also he has over 30 years of experience in Banking Industry.

Mrs. N. S. Thilakarathna - Head of Audit