Asian Alliance Insurance employee bags CII UK’s highest honour
Friday, 5 July 2013 00:00
Sithumina Jayasundara adjudged Best Sri Lankan CII Student 2012
Sithumina Jayasundara, Senior Manager (Reinsurance) at Asian Alliance Insurance PLC, of the senior management team, has been awarded the distinction of being the Best Sri Lankan Student 2012 by the Chartered Insurance Institute UK.
This prestigious accolade which will be officially awarded at the International Insurance Congress scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in November 2013, is proof of his capability, the depth of his knowledge in insurance and his dedication to aspire to be the best in his chosen field.
Hailing from Kandy, Sithumina completed his primary education from St Anthony’s College Kandy. Prior to joining Asian Alliance Insurance in 2009, he served in various positions in the areas of Accounting, Reinsurance and Underwriting at Eagle Insurance, Janashakthi Insurance and MBSL.
He was promoted to the position of Senior Manager Insurance at Asian Alliance in January 2012 and has added tremendous value to the company through his dynamism and proven technical and leadership skills.
Over his 15-year career, he has earned a reputation for diligence and integrity and is affiliated to several local and international industry organizations. He is a Senior Associate of the Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the UK. He holds a Diploma in Computer Studies. Sithumina also serves as the Treasurer of the Sri Lanka Insurance Institute.
Commenting on Sithumina’s achievement, Ramal Jasinghe, Director/CEO, Asian Alliance Insurance PLC, had this to say: “We are proud to have Sithumina onboard as a key member of our company and extend our heartiest congratulations to him on being selected as the Best Sri Lankan Student 2012 by the Chartered Insurance Institute UK.
“It is a tremendous achievement and deserves to be commended not only by our company but also by Sri Lanka, as it raises the profile of our industry and showcases the technical resources housed at Asian Alliance. The company has a vibrant record of encouraging its employees to pursue professional qualifications and Sithumina’s commendable achievement further reinforces our resolve to sustain our corporate culture of encouraging our employees to improve their career prospects by acquiring further qualifications complementing their on the job work experience.
“Continuous learning is the main priority upon which our talent management system is pivoted on. Our employees are provided with every opportunity for learning and development to foster commitment and promote a performance oriented culture. I am sure his achievement will motivate others from the Asian Alliance team to follow his example.”
Commenting on his achievement Sithumina said: “I am honoured to receive the title of Best Student’ and delighted that my hard work has paid dividends not just for me but also for my extended family at Asian Alliance Insurance. Also, I would like to express my gratitude to the Director/CEO, management and the rest of my colleagues at Asian Alliance for their encouragement and active support in ensuring that I was given all the necessary resources to manage my study and work commitments efficiently. If not for the company’s forward thinking initiatives to push its employees to attain higher professional qualifications in insurance, this achievement would not have been possible.”
A recent independently conducted employee satisfaction survey at AAI reflected that employees value very highly the career development opportunities extended by the Company. AAI has seen a year over year growth of young talent enrolling for professional insurance exams from the foundation level up to the chartered insurer status.
Organisations build their key differentiators in many ways and AAI is creating a base of knowledge workers, encouraging employees to enhance technical skills in insurance and providing attractive incentives. In fact, the company holds the distinction of being the only insurance company to have the highest number of employees enrolled for further technical qualifications in insurance as affirmed by the Sri Lanka Insurance Institute.
Asian Alliance Insurance PLC commenced operations in December 1999 and has evolved into a composite insurance solutions provider reputed at the forefront of the industry. The company caters to a clientele that consists of corporates and individuals both in Life and Non-Life Business through an extensive network of Regional Distribution Offices located strategically throughout Sri Lanka; protecting them from any form of risk.
The company has strengthened its credentials after its acquisition by the giant diversified conglomerate, the Softlogic Group, which is one of Sri Lanka’s corporate success stories. Softlogic is one of the leading, dynamic organisations in Sri Lanka today, having expanded and diversified into the growth sectors of Retail, Healthcare, ICT, Automobiles, Travel and Leisure and Finance, holding authorised distributorships for some key global brand names.
Recently, the two eminent foreign investors foreign, DEG - Deutsche Investitions- Und Entwicklungsgesellschaft MBH of Germany and FMO - Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. of Netherlands joined AAI with a long term vision to take the company to the next level whilst uplifting the industry. The company is now poised to reach global standards in terms of best practices and sustainability.