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NDB produces highest number of ‘Great Managers’ at Great Manager Awards


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NDB Director/Group CEO Dimantha Seneviratne accepting the ‘Company with Great Managers’ award

National Development Bank PLC becomes the first bank to be recognised as the ‘Company with Great Managers’ with 10 individuals of the senior management of the bank winning awards under various categories at the Great Manager Awards 2018 hosted by the Colombo Leadership Academy for Leadership Excellence.

NDB’s Managers were felicitated with 10 awards under four categories – Driving Results and Execution, Aligning Organisation Vision, Enhancing People Performance, and Building Team Effectiveness. 

Sydney Downall, Ajith Senadheera, Ishani Palliyaguru, Darine Fernando, Zeyan Hameed and Chaminda Jayasinghearachchi were awarded the Great Manager award for Driving Results and Execution. Nilanga Gajaba was among the managers felicitated with the Great Manager for Aligning Organisation Vision while Shera Hassen was awarded the Great Manager for Enhancing People Performance.

NDB was also the only institution felicitated with the Great Manager for Building Team Effectiveness awarded to Lilanthi Delgoda and Champa Wickramanayake. NDB Director/Group CEO Dimantha Seneviratne, accepting the ‘Company with Great Managers’ award said that the bank was proud to have committed leaders at many levels within the organisation thanks to very good HR practices adopted which is recognised by the facilitators of the Great Manager Awards. 

The ‘Company with Great Managers’ award recognises the organisation for its credibility and best practices in nurturing great managers through a culture of high performance where career paths and roadmaps for growth are provided with great clarity, alignment of learning and development to drive performance and execute strategy, a culture to challenge the status quo and instigate creativity and innovation and where more managers are nurtured through a well-structured program that ensures sustainability.

The ‘Companies with Great Managers and ‘The Great Managers Awards’ is an initiative taken towards identifying, assessing and recognising organisations with ‘Great Managers’ benchmarking with the best of best in the arena. The awards, through a set of stringent leadership competency evaluations strives to define and build an eco-system and culture that nurtures great managers in Sri Lanka. 

The hosts Colombo Leadership Academy said this year a substantial number of nominations were received to contend and validate true leadership and managerial excellence benchmarking the best practices among Sri Lankan corporate entities.


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