Board of Management About Hemas > Board of Management The role of the Board of Management is to develop overall Group strategy and annual business plans, review business plans, evaluate investment proposals, design and review Group policies and controls and provide a forum for the Chief Executive Officer to discuss ideas and issues.

About Hemas

Board of Management

Harith Perera

Director - Industry Relations & Business Development

He joined Hemas FMCG in 1997 and was involved in Sales and Brand Management until 2006. He joined Hemtours in 2006 and subsequently was part of the team launching Diethelm Travel in Sri Lanka and Maldives. Harith is currently the President of Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and also a Board member of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB). He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), UK and has an MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Riad Ameen

Legal Consultant

Riad is the Legal Consultant to Hemas Holdings PLC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B) from the University of London and a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M) from the University of Colombo. He is a Barrister of the Lincoln’s Inn, UK, and an Attorney-at-Law. He has been associated with the Hemas Group for the past 10 years. Riad has been a civil law practitioner for the past 18 years.

Roy Joseph

Managing Director of Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd.

Roy is the Managing Director of Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK, a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka and he holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance & Business Administration from the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He counts over 20 years of management experience in the fields of Finance, IT, Supply Chain, Channels/Customer Development and General Management. He has held key positions in several FMCG, Plantations, Construction and logistics companies.

Chandima Cooray

Chief Digital Officer

As the Chief Digital Officer at Hemas Holdings PLC., Chandima leads Information Technology, Digital and Innovation teams to help businesses within Hemas embrace more profitable and growth oriented business models and to deliver a great customer experience across all products/service touch points. Chandima has accumulated over 20 years of experience in applying Information Technology across multiple industries improving business performance. Prior to joining Hemas, Chandima was with MAS Holdings, Sri Lanka for Fourteen years, lastly as the CEO for Sabre Technologies a fully owned subsidiary of MAS servicing technology startups in USA. Chandima started his career at Unilever as a management trainee and later was involved in a global project for Unilever tea business. Chandima has a degree in Information Systems from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and has followed strategic management courses from renowned business schools Ashridge, Henley, INSEAD and Kellogg’s. Currently he is reading for MBA in Circular Economy with University of Bradford, UK.

Dimuth De Alwis

Group Human Resource Director

Dimuth functions as the Group Human Resource Director. He joined Hemas FMCG in 1999 and worked as the Head of Human Resources from 2006 to 2008. He joined Hemas Hospitals as the Head of Human Resources in 2008 and was subsequently promoted to the Head of Group Human Resources in 2010 and in 2011 to the role of Director. Dimuth holds a Degree in Commerce and Management (specialized in International Trade) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a National Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Institute of Personnel Management. He is also a Member of the Association of Human Resources Professionals, Sri Lanka.

Dr. Himesh Fernando

Director- Innovation

Himesh joined Hemas in 2014 to lead Strategic Innovation for growth of the organization. Prior to joining Hemas, Himesh has worked in the Biotechnology industry in Oxford UK, and at the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) in both Business Development and Scientific Research. He obtained his Doctorate from the University of Cambridge in the field of cancer research and has a BSc Honours from the University of Colombo in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. He holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

Lakith Peiris

Managing Director, Hemas Hospitals

Lakith Joined Hemas on 01st April 2015. He is a well-known leader in the healthcare industry and a hospital administrator of repute. He has over 20 years’ experience as the head of the organization at a host of healthcare related MNCs including B|Braun Asia Pacific, Lifeserv and ConvaTec A Bristol Myers Squibb Company of USA and as CEO of Lanka Hospitals (previously Apollo Hospital Colombo) amongst others. He holds a Doctorate in Business & Management, an MBA from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and further, he is a Certified Professional Marketer from the Asia Pacific Marketing Federation and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. Lakith has memberships in several professional Associations and Federations. He is a Member of the Private Health Services Regulatory Council of the Ministry of Health and also serves the Regulatory Council in various sub-committees.

Ruwani Hettiarachchi

Director Strategy, Hemas Holdings PLC

Prior to her role in Hemas, Ruwani was the CEO and Founder of Vox & Co. a boutique strategy consultancy firm and was Head of Research & Consulting at Stax, a U.S. based strategy consulting firm for 6 years. Ruwani is on the board of two of Hemas Digital Healthcare startups. She previously served on the board of Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management at SLIIT. Ruwani has an MA in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson

Managing Director-Pharmaceuticals, Logistics and Maritime

Kasturi is the Managing Director of Hemas Pharmaceuticals and the Group’s Logistics and Maritime sectors. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and has served as Board Member of CIMA, Sri Lanka. She counts for over 29 years of managerial experience in multiple industries and functions spanning from auditing, consulting, logistics, leisure and travel and pharmaceuticals. Kasturi joined Hemas in 2002 as the Finance Director of Hemtours (Presently, Diethelm Travel) and in 2005 she was appointed the Head of Shared Services for the Group and subsequently as the Chief Process Officer of the Group in 2007. In 2011 she was appointed as the Managing Director of the Transportation Sector and in 2016, Managing Director of the Pharmaceutical Distribution Business. In 2017 she was appointed a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Morison PLC and in 2018 as a Non-Executive of Capital Alliance Ltd. Kasturi is also a member of the Economic Policy Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

Asitha Samaraweera

Managing Director of Atlas Axillia Co Ltd.

Asitha Samaraweera currently is the Managing Director of Atlas Axillia Co Ltd., a Hemas Holdings group company. Atlas Axillia Co Ltd is one of Sri Lanka’s most respected local brands and is a market leader in school stationery and notebooks, pens, pencils and colour products, with products retailed in over 70,000 outlets across Sri Lanka. Before his current role he counts over 12 years’ experience in leading FMCG businesses both in Sri Lanka and overseas. Asitha was the CEO of CBL Cocos (Pvt) Ltd., and CBL Global Foods, both subsidiaries of Ceylon Biscuits Limited before joining Atlas Axilla. The company was a leading player in the coconut products industry with a substantial export interest. Prior to his role at CBL, Asitha headed IFFCO (Frozen Foods) and GFI – leading Dubai-based FMCG companies for six years. The two companies are leading processed meat and frozen bakery product manufactures in the Middle East. Prior to his stint in the middle east he served as CEO of Keells Food Products and Vice President at John Keells Holdings PLC. Keells food Products PLC is the leading processed food manufacturer and marketer in Sri Lanka Asitha began his career with Nestle joining as a management training and rising in the ranks in the marketing arena. In his career in marketing he was involved in many successful campaigns which included the Nestomalt’s defeat of Powermalt which is now a well know case study. He has a background in Marketing with an MSc in International Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics one of the leading universities in the world. He also has a BSc in Business Administration, Washington University, St Louis, MO, USA. His Schooling was at St Thomas College, Mount Lavinia

Rakesh Khosla

Managing Director – Sri Lanka, Hemas Consumer Brands, Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd.

Rakesh is the Managing Director – Sri Lanka of Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd. and counts over 20 years of work experience in Consumer Marketing & Sales management. He joined Hemas Manufacturing (Pvt) Ltd. in 2012 as Director - Marketing and has recently been elevated to the post of Managing Director – Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Hemas, Rakesh spent 15 years with Colgate Palmolive (India) Ltd. in roles of increasing responsibility in Consumer Marketing & Sales. During this period he has had several stints in Brand, Sales & Category Management and Market Development. In addition, he has also been a certified Category Management Trainer and Global Ethics & Compliance Investigator. Amongst several national awards at Colgate he is also a recipient of Colgate Palmolive’s highest Global Annual Award : The 2011 Global Chairman’s “You Can Make A Difference Award”. Rakesh holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from Calcutta University – India, an International Diploma in Accounting Studies from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia.

Zalmi Fazeel

Group Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Zalmi Fazeel has served as an Executive Vice President heading the finance, legal and IT operations of Saudi Cable Company, Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2017. He served at the Savola Group, Saudi Arabia, between 2000 and 2013 in various roles, including that of Executive Director-Group Treasury, Chief Financial Officer of Edible Oil Subsidiaries, Head of Finance and IT at the United Sugar Company, and Head of Finance Shared Services. He started his career at Pfizer Sri Lanka currently known as Astron Limited, in 1984. He was appointed to the Board of Astron in 1992, which position he held until he moved to Saudi Arabia in January 2000. He was an independent Board member and Chaired the Audit committee of Hemas Hospitals (Pvt) Limited, from March 2017 to July 2018. At present he serves the Board of Hemas Hospitals (Pvt) Ltd as a Non- Executive Director. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). Mr. Zalmi Fazeel has been appointed as the Group Chief Financial Officer of Hemas Holdings PLC w.e.f 1st September 2018.

Also in the Board of Management:

Steven Enderby

Executive Director / CEO

Malinga Arsakularatne

Executive Director

Murtaza Esufally

Executive Director