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Mrs. Leisha De Silva Chandrasena
Mr. Sumith Wijesinghe
Mr. Sidath Fernando
Mr. Sandip Das
Mr. Chan Chee Beng
Mr. Jeffrey Jay Blatt
Mr. Yoga Perera


Mrs. Leisha De Silva Chandrasena

Mrs. Leisha De Silva Chandrasena joined the Board of Directors on 27 February 2006 and was subsequently appointed as Chairperson of the Board on 25 February 2008.

She is an Attorney-at-Law & Notary Public by profession who has been in active practice from 1978 to 1987 and has served as a Legal Manager/Company Secretary in private sector enterprises.

Mrs. Chandrasena is also the Chairperson of the Boards of Mobitel (Pvt) Limited,
SLT Hong Kong Limited, SLT VisionCom (Pvt) Limited, SLT Publications (Pvt) Limited,
SLT Manpower Solutions (Pvt) Limited and Sky Network (Pvt) Limited.

Mr. Sumith Wijesinghe

Mr. Sumith Wijesinghe was appointed to the Board of Directors on 17th May 2006 and subsequently to the Boards of Mobitel (Pvt) Limited, SLT VisionCom (Pvt) Limited, SLT Manpower Solutions (Pvt) Limited and Sky Network (Pvt) Limited.

Currently he also serves as a Director of the National Development Trust Fund (Guarantee) Limited and as a Trustee of the National Development Trust Fund.

Mr. Wijesinghe has a Degree in Law from the University of Colombo. He is also an Attorney-at-Law. Prior to his appointment to SLT, Mr. Wijesinghe was a practising lawyer who, from 1993 to 1999 served as a Director of a National NGO which was involved in community development in the dry zone and the northern and eastern provinces.

During the period 1999 to 2004, he held several appointments as Co-ordinating Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development, the Minister of Ports, Shipping, Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development and to the Leader of the Opposition. From 2004 to 2005 he was the Co-ordinating Secretary to The Hon. Prime Minister and from 2005 onwards he was the Co-ordinating Secretary to HE the President.

Mr. Sidath Fernando

Mr. Sidath Sri Vidanage Fernando joined the Board on 4 March 2008. He is a successful business entrepreneur in Sri Lanka with business interests in manufacturing, real estate, property management and information communications technology sectors. He also serves as a Director of the Sky Network (Pvt) Limited and SLT Manpower Solutions (Pvt) Limited. Mr. Fernando is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of V.D.P. Fernando Co. Limited, a family owned business established in 1958 and Managing Partner of the Crystal Holding (Pvt) Limited.

Mr. Fernando has been successfully managing their private family business V.D.P. Fernando Co. Limited, since 1992. During this time, the company has experienced substantial growth and diversification. He has been the catalyst for company’s development and expansion into global export markets for its Coir Fibre products. The V.D.P. Fernando Co. currently manages the complete lifecycle of the Coir Fibre Processing – from product R&D to Products/Market Development to global sales.

Mr. Fernando also has extensive experience in the Real Estate and Property Development businesses. He has been quite successful in both developing and managing large scale commercial and retail outlets in Colombo.

Overall, Mr. Fernando has more than 20 years of hands-on experience in business management, finance, manufacturing and marketing gained whilst managing his own Small and Medium Enterprises. He also has served as a committee member of Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka and also a Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Colombo.

Mr. Sandip Das

Mr. Sandip Das joined the Board on 5 June 2008. He is also a member of the Board of Mobitel (Pvt) Limited. He is the CEO/Director of Maxis Communications Berhad (Maxis) responsible for the Maxis Group’s operations and investment in Malaysia, India and Indonesia.

He serves on the Board of Aircel Group (Maxis Indian subsidiary) and as Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners of PT Natrindo Telepn Seluler (NTS). He is also a Board member of Bridge Mobile Alliance which is the largest mobile alliance in the Asian Region.

Prior to joining Maxis in January 2007, he had served as Deputy Managing Director and Director of the Board of Hutchison Essar Telecom of India.

He has also served as Franchise Head of Toyota cars and Hino trucks with Al Futtaim Group in Dubai after his stint at The Shriram Group in India.

He holds a First Class Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Rourkela, India and an MBA from the University of Delhi.

Mr. Chan Chee Beng

Mr. Chan Chee Beng was appointed to the Board of Directors on 5 June 2008 and subsequently to the Board of Mobitel (Pvt) Limited, Mr. Chan aged 52 is a Malaysian National and is a Director of Binariang GSM Sdn. Bhd. Maxis Communication Bhd and Aircel Limited.

He holds a BA degree with Honours in Economics and Accounting and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

He has been closely involved in the development of Maxis, from the start-up phase in 1993, the tie up with strategic investors, IPO, privatisation through to date, focusing on the financial management function including debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions.

He counts over 29 years of experience in investment banking, financial management, auditing and accounting including stints with Ernst & Young and Morgan Grenfell & Co. Limited. At Morgan Grenfell & Co. Limited he had advised on several takeovers, IPO and project and structured financing including the largest management buyout in Malaysia.

His other directorships include Powertek Berhad, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tanjong Public Limited Company (“Tanjong”), Bumi Armada Berhad (BAB) Group and Usaha Tegas Sdn. Bhd. which has a significant interest in Maxis, Tanjong, Astro All Asia Networks PLC and BAB.

Mr. Jeffrey Jay Blatt

Mr. Jeffrey Jay Blatt was appointed to the Board on 5 June 2008. He currently serves as the CEO of X Ventures Co. Limited, Bangkok, Thailand, and is Special Counsel to Astro All Asia Networks PLC and
Usha Tegas. Sdn Bhd. in Malaysia.

Prior to his current position, he was the Senior Vice-President of Business Affairs and General Counsel, at Astro All Asia Networks PLC, and the Group General Counsel of Usaha Tegas Sdn. Bhd. (“UT Group”). He was one of the three members of the Executive Committee that provided strategic guidance and operational management to launch the Malaysian “Astro” digital satellite pay television service and reported to its Board of Directors. He was responsible for leading complex international negotiations in a variety of setting in multinational and multiethnic corporate environments. Before moving to Malaysia, he was a partner in the nationally recognised law firms of Irell & Manella LLP, and Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor and Zafman, both in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Mr. Jeffrey Jay Blatt has attended the Lewis and Clark Law School (J.C. cum laude) Oregon, USA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of California, USA and a Master’s Degree from the Tiffin University, Ohio, USA. He is a member of the California and United States Federal Bars, and is a registered United States Patent Attorney.

Mr. Yoga Perera

Mr. Yoga Perera was appointed to the Board of Directors on the 26 November 2008.

Mr. Perera is a businessman who has been involved in the automobile industry since 1985 in Sri Lanka and in South Africa. He has also started a joint venture in Dubai in 2006, which trades in Tiles and Markets in Dubai.

He holds a Degree in Business Management and currently holds the position of Committee Member of SLAS which is the controlling body for Motor Sports in
Sri Lanka.
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