25th June, 2015
NEW LEADERSHIP AT THE CEYLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce held its 176th Annual General Meeting on the 25th of June, 2015 at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo. The Chief Guest of the occasion was Mr. H. M. G. S. Palihakkara, the Governor of the Northern Province.
The AGM saw the appointment of Mr. Samantha Ranatunga, as the new Chairperson of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the premier business chamber in the country. He succeeded Mr. Suresh Shah, while the appointment of a new Vice Chairperson and a Deputy Vice Chairperson also took place at the AGM. Accordingly, Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah, was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the CCC, while Dr. Hans Wijeysuriya was elected as the Deputy Vice Chairperson.
The AGM also saw the appointment of a nine member ‘Board of Directors’ under the newly ratified rules of the Chamber in place of the ‘Standing Committee A ’.
Accordingly, the nine member ‘Board of Directors’ would consist of Mr. Samantha Ranatunga, Chairperson of the CCC, Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah and Dr. Hans Wijeysuriya, respectively the Vice Chairperson and Deputy Vice Chairperson of the CCC, Mr. Hiran Cooray, Chairperson of the Jetwing Group, Mr. Vish Govindasamy, Group Managing Director of Sunshine Holdings PLC, Ms. Sheamlee Wickramasingha, Managing Director of Ceylon Biscuits Limited, Mr. Duminda Hulangamuwa, Partner – Head of Tax Services, Ernst and Young, Mr. Faizal Salieh, Director of HNB General Insurance and Mr. Mangala P.B. Yapa, Secretary General / CEO of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
The newly elected Chairperson, Mr. Samantha Ranatunga, is a recognized senior corporate executive of the country and functioned as the Deputy Chairperson of the CCC, before being appointed as the Chairperson.
Ranatunga, who holds a degree from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Business Administration, currently works as the Managing Director/CEO of the CIC group and also functions as a Non-Executive Director of a number of unlisted companies in the Group.
He is also the Chairperson of the Agriculture & Livestock Stock Steering Committee, member of the Economic Fiscal & Policy Planning Steering Committee of the Chamber, Member of the Sri Lanka-Maldivian Business Council and current Chairman of the Asian Council on Food & Agriculture (ACFA) of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce & Industry (CACCI). He is also the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce nominee in the Mercantile Services Provident Society. Mr. Ranatunga has led number of Chamber delegations to various countries.