Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Mr. W. T. Ellawala - Chairman/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. W. T. Ellawala
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer

A Director since 24 November 1995 and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer from 1 July 2002. An Economics Graduate, he worked for Brooke Bond Ceylon Ltd. from 1962 to 1987 and was a director of that company for 17 years. Commercial Director, Ceylon Trading Company Limited since 1988 and Managing Director since December 2000. Also holds positions on the Boards of other companies, as a director of Maersk Lanka (Private) Limited and Chairman, Janashakthi Insurance PLC.

Currently he is the Chairman of The Sri Lanka Society of Rubber Industry and a past Chairman of The Colombo Rubber Traders’ Association and The Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council. He is an Honorary Member of The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association and President & Trustee of the Singhalese Sports Club. Is a former member of the Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of its Advisory Council. He was a former Advisor to the Ministry of Ports & Shipping and served as a Consultant on Sea Transport at UN-ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand.

Ms. C. R. Ranasinghe - Company Secretary

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Ms. C. R. Ranasinghe
Company Secretary

A Director from 14 June 2002. Is also the Company Secretary. An Attorney-at-Law by profession. With the Group since October 1999 on retirement as a Partner of Messrs. Julius & Creasy, Attorneys-at-Law & Notaries Public. She is also Director-Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary of Ceylon Trading Company Ltd.

Deshabandu A. M. de S. Jayaratne - Non-Executive/Independent Director

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Deshabandu A. M. de S. Jayaratne
Non-Executive/Independent Director

A Director from 23 May 2007. He holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Southampton in England and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He is a former Chairman and Managing Director of Forbes & Walker Ltd., Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Colombo Stock Exchange. Also served as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Singapore. Currently he serves on the Boards of several public companies.

Mr. R. C. Peries - Non-Executive Director

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Mr. R. C. Peries
Non-Executive Director

A Director from 1 April 2010. Having started his career with Carson Cumberbatch & Co., he then moved to George Steuarts, one of the premier Agency Houses. He has served as Manager of some of the most prestigious rubber properties in the low country and also held senior appointments in the industry and served on the Rubber Research Board Advisory Panel. In 1983 he was appointed the Regional Director of the JEDB Hatton Board and in 1988 he was made Director General of Kegalle-Avissawella Zone of the JEDB.

In 1992, after the privatisation of the management of plantations, he joined George Steuart Plantation Management Services as the General Manager of low country rubber estates of Kotagala Plantations. He continued to serve in this position even after the takeover by Lankem Tea & Rubber Plantations (Pvt.) Ltd. (LT&RP) in 1995 as Managing Agents for Kotagala Plantations. He was appointed to the directorate of LT&RP in 2002 and to the Board of Kotagala Plantations PLC (KP) in 2005 and is presently a Director/Consultant of LT&RP, KP and Agarapathana Plantations Ltd. He is also a member of the Rubber Research Board and a member of the Rubber Wages Board. He is a member of the Ceylon Institute of Planting.

Mr. Anushman Rajaratnam - Non-Executive Director

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Mr. Anushman Rajaratnam
Non-Executive Director

A Director from 1 April 2010. He was appointed to the Board of Lankem Ceylon PLC as Deputy Managing Director in 2005 and appointed Managing Director in April 2009. He has spent several years working overseas as a Consultant for a leading accountancy firm. He also serves on the Boards of several subsidiaries of the Lankem Group. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of Surrey, UK and MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

Mr.S. D. R. Arudpragasam - Non-Executive Director

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Mr. S. D. R. Arudpragasam
Non-Executive Director

A Director from 1 April 2010. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, London. He serves as Chairman of several subsidiaries of The Colombo Fort Land & Building PLC (CFLB) and he holds the positions of Deputy Chairman of the CFLB and Lankem Ceylon PLC. He also functions as the Managing Director of E. B. Creasy & Company PLC, in addition to serving on Boards of other companies within the CFLB Group.

Dr. T. Senthilverl - Non-Executive Director

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Dr. T. Senthilverl
Non-Executive Director

A Director from 3 May 2010. He counts over four decades of active engagement in manufacturing, trading, land development, power and energy sectors, industrial turnkey projections, construction and management. He currently serves on the Boards of several public, public listed and private companies.

Mr. H. D. S. Amarasuriya - Non-Executive/Independent Director

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Mr. H. D. S. Amarasuriya
Non-Executive/Independent Director

A Director from 22 February 2011. He brings to C. W. Mackie PLC an impressive range of management, industrial, marketing and business skills from his tenure as Chairman of the industrial and retailing conglomerate Singer Group, and his experience on the Boards of companies such as Regnis Lanka, National Development Bank PLC and Bata Shoe Company of Ceylon. He also brings with him substantial experience in international management as a former Senior Vice President of Singer Asia Limited, Retail Holdings Limited, USA and Chairman of the Singer Worldwide Business Council.

An Accountant by profession, he is a former Chairman of the Employer’s Federation of Ceylon, First President of the Chartered Institute of Marketing-Sri Lanka Region. Presently he serves as Chairman of the Industrial Service Committee-Southern Province of the Ministry of Industries & Commerce, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited and Canwill Holdings (Pvt.) Limited, the property owning company of Grand Hyatt, Colombo and serves on the Boards of several public, public listed and private companies.

Mr. K. T. A. Mangala Perera - Executive Director

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Mr. K. T. A. Mangala Perera
Executive Director

A Director from 2 April 2012. He is a graduate from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura with a B.Sc. (Hons.), Marketing Management (Special) Degree and a post graduate diploma in Business & Financial Administration from the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sri Lanka. He possesses more than 16 years experience in branding, marketing and general management functions. A one-time visiting lecturer at the Management Faculty of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, he is also a fellow member of the Australian Sales and Marketing Association. He currently serves as Executive Director – Internal Trading of C. W. Mackie PLC.

Mr. Alagarajah Rajaratnam -Non-Executive Director

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Mr. Alagarajah Rajaratnam
Non-Executive Director

A Director from 27 June 2012. He serves as Chairman of The Colombo Fort Land & Building PLC (CFLB) and several listed companies within the CFLB Group in addition to holding other Directorships within the Group. Mr. Rajaratnam is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

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