Monday, 9 February 2015 00:00
President Maithripala Sirisena presents the letter of appointment to new Board of Investment Chairman Upul Jayasuriya
President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday formally appointed Attorney-at-Law Upul Jayasuriya as Chairman of the Board of Investment.
In 1978 he served as the First Legal Advisor of the Greater Colombo Economic Commission, (Present Board of Investments of Sri Lanka) while serving the Attorney General’s Department as a State Counsel.
During his time first 70 agreements were executed when Upali Wijewardena was the Founder Chairman of the BOI, then known as the Greater Colombo Economic Commission.
He was appointed Chairman of Sri Lanka State Trading Tractor Corporation in 1982. In 1983 he was awarded the Top Young Outstanding Professional Award by Jaycees Sri Lanka under the Entrepreneurship category for converting the corporation to a profit-making venture. He was later appointed Chairman Ceylon Oils and Fats Corporation.
Jayasuriya was appointed as Managing Director/CEO of Ceylon Chocolates Ltd. in 1997 and converted the same to a substantial profit centre. He held several company directorates and was also a member of the Board of Directors of Upali Investments Holdings Ltd. He founded Asian Finance Ltd., a company now engaged in financial business.
A past student of Royal College Colombo, Jayasuriya joined the Bar in 1976. Jayasuriya joined the Attorney General’s Department as a State Counsel on 2 January 1978. On the same day there were several others who joined the Department. Among them were Justice Shirani Thilakawardena Rtd., Justice Nimal Gamini Amara-tunga, Rtd, Justice Priyasath Dep and Justice Sathya Hettige Rtd., all present Judges of the Supreme Court and Anil Silva (P.C.).