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Deshamanya D.H.S. JayawardenaDeshamanya D.H.S. Jayawardena
Deshamanya Harry Jayawardena is one of Sri Lanka’s most successful businessmen and heads many successful enterprises in very diverse fields of activity. He is the Founder, Director and current Chairman/Managing Director of the Stassen Group of Companies – a diversified group in exports and import trade, and the Chairman of Lanka Milk Foods (CWE) PLC. He is also the Chairman of the Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC, Lanka Bell (Pvt) Ltd., Browns Beach Hotels PLC, Balangoda Plantations PLC, and Madulsima Plantations PLC. He is a former Director of Hatton National Bank PLC., the largest listed bank in Sri Lanka. Mr. Jayawardena was the former Chairman of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and Sri Lankan Airlines.

Deshamanya Jayawardena is presently the Honorary Consul for Denmark and on the 9th of February 2010, he was knighted by Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark with the prestigious honour of “Knight Cross of Dannebrog”. He has also been awarded the title, “Deshamanya” in recognition of his services to the Motherland, since November 2005.

Mr. J.M.S. BritoMr. J.M.S. Brito
Mr. Rajan Brito has a LLB (University of London) and MBA (London City Business School) degrees and is a Fellow of both institutes of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and England & Wales. Together with this multi-disciplined knowledge, he also brings with him a wealth of 35 years of international experience working with a number of international organizations. Presently Mr. Brito is the Managing & Finance Director of Aitken Spence PLC., and the Chairman of DFCC Vardhana Bank. He is a former Chairman of DFCC Bank, Sri Lankan Airlines, The Employers’ Federation of Ceylon and a former Director of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.

Mr. S.M. HapugodaMs. D.S.T. Jayawardena
Ms. Stasshani Jayawardena is overall responsible for the leisure sector of the Group that includes hotels, incoming destination management and overseas travel.

Ms. Jayawardena is a graduate of St. James’ & Lucie Clayton College and Keele University in the United Kingdom.

She joined Aitken Spence PLC in January 2010, gaining experience in several of its key strategic business units and across the parent group companies. She was appointed to the Board of Aitken Spence PLC in December 2013 and to the Board of Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC in July 2014.

Ms. Jayawardena is a member of the Young Leaders Steering Committee and the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets Steering Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. She is the Chairperson of Splendor Media, a leading advertising and communication company.

She is also a Director at Stassen Exports (Pvt) Ltd., Milford Exports (Ceylon) (Pvt) Ltd., Stassen Natural Foods (Pvt) Ltd., Ceylon Garden Coir (Pvt) Ltd., Milford Developers (Pvt) Ltd., Stassen Foods (Pvt) Ltd., C D B Exports (Pvt) Ltd., EcoCorp Asia (Pvt) Ltd., Amethyst Leisure Ltd. and Paradise Resort Passikudah (Pvt) Ltd.

She was the youngest intern to work under US Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton and the Former US President Bill Clinton in 2003. She is a member of EY Next Generation Club.

Ms. Jayawardena leads a team of young professionals that is endeavouring to develop a strategic development plan for future growth of Aitken Spence PLC.

Mr. C.M.S. JayawickramaMr. C.M.S. Jayawickrama
Mr. Susith Jayawickrama, a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK and the Chartered Global Management Accountants UK, is the Managing Director of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Pvt) Ltd., the company managing all the Sri Lanka hotels and resorts and those overseas. He serves on the Boards of all the hotel companies in the Group. He has extensive experience at senior management positions in the Group’s hotel sector for almost two decades and has considerable exposure in the tourism industry in Sri Lanka and overseas.

Mr. G.P.J. GoonewardeneMr. G.P.J. Goonewardene
Mr. Gemunu Goonewardene is a Director of the Board of Aitken Spence Hotel Holding PLC and Consultant responsible for Resource Planning & Development, Food & Beverage Services and facilities of Aitken Spence Hotel Management Pvt Ltd – Maldives Sector.

He is a Graduate of the Ceylon Hotel School and has done his Post Graduate studies at the Culinary Institute of America. He is a Fellow of the CHSGA (Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association). He is also a Honorary Consultant for the Postgraduate Diploma in Tourism, Economics & Hotel Managements leading to the Masters program, conducted by the University of Colombo.

Mr. Goonewardene is a member of the Tourist Hotels Classification Committee for 2015, and a member of the team which drafted the new Tourist Hotel Classification Criteria/Guideline Standards for hotels. He was the President of the Gold Medal winning team (Heritance Hotels & Resorts) of the Culinary World Cup 2010 held in Luxembourg. With extensive exposure, having worked in U.S.A., Europe and Australia and counting more than 40 years of valuable experience, he has been an integral part and a key member of the Aitken Spence Group from its inception and has contributed significantly towards planning, and development of its iconic properties, in Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Mr. R.E.V. Casie ChettyMr. R.E.V. Casie Chetty

Mr. Ranjan Casie Chetty is the Company Secretary of Aitken Spence PLC, and a Director of Aitken Spence Group Ltd., Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC, and various other companies in the Aitken Spence Group. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK and a Fellow of the Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka.

He is also a Member of the Chartered Management Institute of UK and has been awarded the Joint Diploma in Management Accounting Services. He has over 40 years of post qualification experience. During this period he has held very senior and responsible positions in many reputable private sector organisations. He has been actively involved in numerous committees of Professional Institutes and Chambers of Commerce. He served as a Member of the Advisory Commission constituted under the Companies Act No. 17 of 1982. He was a former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association.

Mr. Rohitha RajaratneMr. Rohitha Rajaratne
Mr. Rohitha Rajaratne is the Head of Engineering at Aitken Spence Hotels. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer by profession and counts over two decades of professional experience after graduating from the University of Moratuwa. He served in the Sri Lanka Navy for over a decade and has had extensive overseas training and work experience in Australia and New Zealand. He has obtained a Postgraduate Marine Engineering qualification from Germany, holds a MBA from the University of Colombo and MSc. in Sustainable Engineering from the University of KTH Sweden.
He is a fellow Member of the Institute of Engineers – Sri Lanka, and also an accredited International Professional Engineer

Mr. Mangala WijesekeraMr. Mangala Wijesekera

Mr. Mangala Wijesekera, Vice President / Chief Operating Officer – Overseas Operations, heads the Finance and Administration function of overseas ventures and projects of the Group. He has a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics from the University of Colombo and holds a MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Prior to the present position he was Head of Finance for Maldives and Sri Lanka sectors of Aitken Spence Hotels and carries with him a wealth of experience gained over 19 years working in Sri Lanka and overseas.

Mr. B.H.R. Sariffo'deenMr. B.H.R. Sariffo’deen

Mr. Ramzan Sariffo’deen is the Vice President – Operations of Aitken Spence Hotels. He is a Professional Hotelier counting many years of managerial experience in Sri Lanka and overseas. He was the President of Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association – CHSGA and Cultural Triangle Hoteliers Association – CTHA and he currently holds the position of Immediate Past President in both Associations. He is also a Match Referee of Sri Lanka Cricket Board and officiates the Premier A Tournaments since year 2011. He is currently reading for his Masters in Business Administration offered by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Mr. Tilak GunawardanaMr. Tilak Gunawardana

Mr. Tilak Gunawardana is the Vice President Finance of Aitken Spence Hotels. He has over two decades of experience in Auditing, Finance and General Management acquired in Sri Lanka and overseas. Prior to joining the Group he worked in the senior management cadre of Ernst & Young and thereafter served as Vice President at Amba Research Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, the Society of Certified Management Accountants – Sri Lanka and a member of the CPA – New Jersey. He is also a member of the Fiscal & Monetary Affairs Sub Committee formed under the Tourist Hotels’ Association of Sri Lanka. (THASL).

Mr. A.M. AliMr. A.M. Ali
Mr. Althaf Mohamed Ali, is the Vice President – Sales & Marketing of Aitken Spence Hotels.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Madras and a Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management from the Oberoi School of Hotel Management. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry at senior managerial positions with the Oberoi Hotels, Universal Resorts Maldives and with Aitken Spence Hotels handling Operations and Marketing in Sri Lanka, Oman and Maldives. Prior to his present position he was CEO of the Oman Sector.

Mr. Jeevaka WeerakoneMr. Jeevaka Weerakone
Mr. Jeevaka Weerakone, is the Vice President – Operations in charge of hotels in the northern sector. Before taking up this appointment he headed the Human Resources / Learning & Development Division for Hotels in the
Aitken Spence Group and prior to this he was the Executive General Manager of Heritance Kandalama. He is a professional hotelier counting more than twenty five years of experience in Sri Lanka and overseas.

He has completed his MBA and is a graduate of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM) specializing in Food & Beverage Operations, and a Fellow of the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association
(FCHSGA). He is also a Consultant for ISO 9000 quality systems. He has served as an Executive Committee Member of the Regional Economic Development Agency (REDA) representing the tourism industry in the Central Province under the Central Provincial Council and also served as a committee member of the CHSGA in 2010.

Mr. Danesha PereraMr. Danesha Perera

Mr. Danesha Perera, Assistant Vice President is the Head of the Central Purchasing Unit, Corporate Merchandising Division, ASHM – Exports Operation at Aitken Spence Hotels and Aitken Spence Exports (Pvt) Ltd (Hethersett Bottled Drinking Water Plant).

He holds the position of the President at The Institute of Supply & Materials Management. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Supply & Materials Management. He has served in multi disciplinary companies in Sri Lanka and has undergone extensive training overseas in the field of Production and Materials Management. He represents The Institute of Supply & Materials Management as the representative member to the Executive Council and the General Forum at the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA) in Sri Lanka.

IRANDIMrs. Irandi Wijegunawardane
Mrs. Irandi Wijegunawardane is the Assistant Vice President Accommodation Sector – Sri Lanka & India. She has graduated from Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) in 1983 and counts for over 33years of extensive experience in the Hospitality industry in Sri Lanka and Overseas.

She has obtained a National Diploma in Training and Human Resources Development (NDTHRD) from IPM and holds a Commonwealth MBA from the Department of Management Studies of the OUSL in partnership with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in Vancouver, Canada. She is a qualified assessor for National Vocational Qualification under Tertiary and Vocational Educational Commission (TVEC)

Prior to joining the Group she worked in many prestigious hotels in Sri Lanka and overseas, was also a Senior Faculty member of SLITHM – Colombo and was the Principal of SLITHM – Kandy. She has been actively involved in numerous curriculum development projects to uplift the service standards of the industry.

She is also a fellow Member of the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association and is active member of the association.

Mr. Hussain JayahMr. Hussain Jayah

Mr. Hussain Jayah is the Head of Marketing and Sales at Aitken Spence Hotels. He comes with a wealth of experience, and counts over 35 years in the Travel, Hospitality and Aviation industries. In the hospitality arena, he has been with international hotel chains, such as The Colombo Hilton, and thereafter headed the Marketing and Sales Department of the Taj Group of Hotels in Sri Lanka.

Prior to joining Aitken Spence he held managerial positions in the Promotions, Public Relations, Commercial Departments and was also posted in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Thailand as Country Manager. He represented Sri Lankan Airlines in the Tourism Master plan Committee of Sri Lanka. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the PATA Sri Lanka chapter.

Mr. Srinith De SilvaMr. Srinith De Silva

Mr. Srinith De Silva is the Chief Executive Officer of the Oman Sector. He is a Graduate of the Victoria University, Melbourne and counts many years of experience in international hotel chains, such as Sheraton, Raffles and Stamford. He has more than 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry in senior managerial positions handling operations and marketing in Saudi Arabia, Australia, Sri Lanka and India.