Former Port, Aviation Secy. joins Vallibel Finance Board

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Top civil servant and former Secretary to Ministries of Shipping and Aviation K.V.P. Ranjith De Silva has joined the Board of Vallibel Finance Plc as an Independent Non Executive Director. His appointment with effect from 23 April 2014 has been approved by the Central Bank. He also has no relevant interest in shares issued by Vallibel Finance Plc. During his tenure in public service De Silva held many key positions in the public sector at divisional, district and national level and has served in various Government Ministries such as Food and Cooperative, Home Affairs, Health, Ports and Aviation. He joined the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) in 1980 and became a special grade SLAS officer in 2006. He held the position of Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Ports in 2005 and became the Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Aviation in 2009. He became the Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2010. During this period he had also worked very closely with the private sector organisations. During his tenure at the Ministry of Ports and Aviation and Ministry of Civil Aviation, some of the major Government projects such as the Colombo Port Expansion Project, Port of Oluvil, Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport at Mattala were commenced and completed under his supervision as the Chief Accounting Officer in those Ministries. Several bilateral air talks were also held with various countries and airlines, which resulted in the increase of air frequencies, especially to SriLankan Airlines and the country. De Silva served as a member of the Standing Cabinet Appointed Review Committee which granted in-principle approval for major Government projects. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Sri Lanka in November 2013. Overall coordination of the project with the assistance of various public and private organisations was the main task assigned to him by the Government via the Ministry of External Affairs. As a SLAS officer he has represented the Government in various local and international events. De Silva holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vidyodaya University and Postgraduate Diploma from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM). With the latest appointment, the Board of Directors of Vallibel Finance Plc  comprises of K.D.D. Perera (Chairman), W.D.N.H. Perera (Deputy Chairman), S.B. Rangamuwa (Managing Director/CEO), J.A.S.S. Adhihetty, M.D.S. Goonatilleke, S. Senaratne, K.D.H. Perera, R.M. Karunaratne (Independent Non Executive Director), and K.V.P.R. De Silva (Independent Non Executive Director).