Board of Directors...
Mr. R. Pestonjee - Chairman
Number - crunching and venturing into new avenues of business has been Mr. Rusi Pestonjee's forte. A leader in Abans in the Accounting and Financial areas, his treasury management skills have largely come into use in the establishment of the Abans Financial Services Division, which was set up initially to help finance the Abans Limited customers. His involvement also includes Abans Environmental Services, adding to Abans' reputation as a socially responsible organization, and AB Securitas.
Mr. Kithsiri Wanigasekara - Managing Director
Appointed to the Abans Finance PLC, Board and as Executive Director with effect from
1st June 2009. Has functioned as Chairman & Managing Director / CEO of Sinhaputhra Finance
Ltd., from December 1990 to September 2007. Past Chairman of The Kandy Hotels Co. (1938) Ltd.,
owners of Hotel Suisse and Queen's Hotel from 1994 to 2001. Chairman of the Finance Houses
Association of Sri Lanka in the years 1998, 1999 and 2000 and a member of the Committee of the
Ceylon Chamber of Commerce during the same period. A Past Council Member of the Sri Lanka
Institute of Credit Management. A finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants,
UK. Holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration. A member of the PSRE 17 Group of
Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs to Japan in 2003 sponsored by The Association of Overseas Technical
Scholarships of Japan with "JASTECA". One of the three Sri Lankan nominees of the United States
– Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission for the Hubert H. Humphrey North-South Fellowship Program
for Mid-Career Professional Study in the USA for the Academic year 2006-07.
He has been awarded with the following :
•Central Provincial Chamber of Commerce - "Silver Award" winner for the most Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Central Province in 2000. "Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of The Year 2005" - Organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Sri Lanka (FCCSL).
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• Central Province – "Silver Award Winner"
• National - "Bronze Award Winner
Ms. Saroshi Dubash - (Non Executive Director)
Holds a Honours degree in Chemistry (London), MBA (USA), Phd. She is a member of representative Committee o f Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. A Director of Abans (Pvt) Ltd. and other Group Companies. Within the group, Mrs. Dubash is chiefly involved in administering the supply chain functions of import purchasing, wharf clearance, warehousing, inventory control, distribution and information systems. Retail Accounts and Hire Purchase Departments also come under her purview. Flexible, hard - working employees have long been Mrs. Dubash's main aides and as a result, she oversees the Training Department to ensure the continuous training and development of quality Abans employees. Her major projects currently include s ourcing a 3PL partner, introducing an ERP system for the Abans (Pvt) Limited channel and spearheading other e-commerce initiatives, most recent of which is buyabans.com, the online retail arm of Abans She is supported by an excellent, hard-working senior administrative network.
Mr. Channa Pathirana - (Non Executive Director)
Deputy Director of Abans (Pvt) Ltd., authorized distributor for LG Electronics in Sri Lanka since 2002. Counts 20 years of experience in Sales, Marketing, Leasing and Hire Purchase at Multinational / Local organizations. Prior to his appointment to Abans Group, he has extensive experience related to sales and marketing of Consumer Electronics in a Multinational company. A member of the Audit Committee and the Intigrated Risk Management Committee (IRMC). He is currently reading for a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales having qualified as a Marketer from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).
Mr. Vishtasp Kairshasp Choksy
Appointed to the Board on 15th March 2011. An Attorney-at-Law by Profession. Possesses 18 years of legal practice and has been specializing in civil law with particular emphasis in Commercial, Business and Industrial law. Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of the company. Provides specialized legal advice to the company on key business related issues.
Mr. Thirunavukarasu Someswaran
Appointed to the Board on 10th May 2011. Former Senior Partner of SJMS Associates, a firm of Chartered Accountants, an Independent Correspondent firm to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. He is the Vice President of International Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and Treasurer of the European Chamber of Commerce. A Member of the Organization for Professional Associations (OPA), International Fiscal Association (IFA) Sri Lanka Branch and Governing Council of Institute of Management Accountants of Sri Lanka. Serves on the Boards of Serendib Land PLC, CLEANCO Pvt Ltd, SMB Leasing Pvt Ltd, Pan Asia Power, Commercial Credit Ltd, Sunrise Senior (Pvt) Ltd, ECSAT.