Standard Chartered Bank announced recently that Sanjay Wijemanne has been appointed the new Head of its Consumer Banking operations in Sri Lanka.
Wijemanne was previously the Bank’s General Manager of premium banking, branch sales and services.
He will now also be part of Standard Chartered Bank’s Management Committee.
Wijemanne, in his 15 year banking career, has held key positions as General Manager, Wealth Management, Vice President Custody and Clearing, Head of Sales and Head of Branches. At Standard Chartered Bank he played a key role in product development and execution and the roll-out of many of the Bank’s industry innovations.
“I am pleased to welcome Sanjay Wijemanne to Standard Chartered Bank Sri Lanka’s Management Committee,” said Chief Executive, Anirvan Ghosh Dastidar. “Sanjay is well qualified to lead the Sri Lanka consumer banking business and with his in-depth market experience and understanding of customer needs, he will be an asset to the team while positioning the consumer banking business for long-term growth.”
The consumer banking business of Standard Chartered Bank has recently seen consistent success in South Asia with innovation and service as the key drivers. In Sri Lanka, the past year saw Standard Chartered Bank introduce ‘i-banking’, the consumer website portal, SMS banking and a newly-launched ‘Priority Banking,’ giving premium level service with global access and recognition to account holders, in addition to the usual consumer banking products of credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, wealth management services to individuals and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In another first, the last year saw the Bank open its first all woman branch and the ‘Diva’ account.
Standard Chartered Bank has a history of 152 years in Sri Lanka, having opened its first branch at Colombo’s Queen’s Street, now known as Janadhipathi Mawatha, an endorsement of the Bank’s long standing commitment to businesses and customers in Sri Lanka.
Standard Chartered PLC is a leading international bank, listed on the London, Hong Kong and Mumbai stock exchanges. It has operated for over 150 years in some of the world’s most dynamic markets and earns more than 90 per cent of its income and profits in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This geographic focus and commitment to developing deep relationships with clients and customers has driven the Bank’s growth in recent years. With 1,700 offices in 70 markets, Standard Chartered offers exciting and challenging international career opportunities for more than 80,000 staff.
It is committed to building a sustainable business over the long term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity. The Bank’s heritage and values are expressed in its brand promise, ‘Here for Good’.