Top professional Ranjit Gunasekara has been appointed to the Board of JKH with effect from 1 July.
To take up this post, he has resigned from the Board of Asian Hotels and Properties Plc., and Trans Asia Hotels Plc.
Gunasekara aged 63 is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and has been involved with Auditing, Finance and Accounting in the past 41 years. Having articled at Turquand, Youngs and Co, Sri Lanka (now Ernst & Young), he was involved in the accounting practice at Turquand, Youngs and Co, Sri Lanka, and Coopers and Lybrand, Zambia and Botswana.
He left the accounting practice in 1984 and joined the Associated Insurance Brokers of Botswana Ltd, a company jointly owned by Minet UK (now part of Aon Corporation), Lloyds Insurance Brokers and the Bowring Barclays Group, South Africa as its financial controller and subsequently moved as the Financial Controller/Executive Director of Minet International Holdings Ltd., London UK. In 1994, he returned to Sri Lanka and joined the National Development Bank rising to the post of Chief Financial Officer and subsequently serving as a Non Executive Director on its Board. While at NDB, Gunasekara was actively involved in the restructuring of the NDB Group and shaping its emergences as a leading financial provider in Sri Lanka. He was also involved in the capital restructure of NDB. As a Non Executive Director of NDB, he chaired its Board Audit Committee. Prior to accepting the appointment as a Non Executive Director on the JKH Board, Gunasekara was a Non Executive Director in Trans Asia Hotels Plc and Asian Hotels and Properties Plc where too he was the Chairman of the Board Audit Committees. He had his primary education at Royal College Colombo and captained its cricket team in 1968.
The vacant Board seat at Trans Asia and Asian Hotels has been filled with the appointment of C.J. Lloyd Pinto, a Fellow member of the ICASL and possessing nearly 40 years of post-qualifying experience.