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Vish Govindasamy, elected Chairman Ceylon Chamber of Commerce

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Vish Govindasamy serves in the capacity of Managing Director of Sunshine Holdings PLC, a diversified conglomerate listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange, Sri Lanka. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Watawala Plantations, where he was instrumental in turning the company around and leading it to become the highest capitalised regional plantation company in the Colombo Stock Exchange.

Duminda Hulangamuwa, Senior Partner and Head of Tax at Ernst & Young and Krishan Balendra, Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC were appointed as Vice Chairperson and Deputy Vice Chairperson respectively.

Further to the office bearers above, Shiromal Cooray, Chairperson and Managing Director, Jetwing Travels and Chairperson, Jetwing Hotels, Asoka Pieris, Managing Director of Cargills Food Company Ltd and Director of Cargills (Ceylon) PLC and Mr. Manjula de Silva, Secretary General and CEO of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce were re-elected to the Board of the Ceylon Chamber.

Sarath Ganegoda – Group Executive Director, Hayleys PLC, Amal Cabraal – Chairman, Lion Brewery Ceylon PLC and Chairman, Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC and Bingumal Thewerathanthri – CEO, Standard Chartered Bank PLC were elected as three new members to the Board.

Newly appointed Chairman Vish Govindasamy said: “I look forward to working with the Board, Committee and Secretariat at the Chamber, members and affiliated associations of the Chamber to support and advance the causes of the private sector while adopting a nation first approach. The Chamber is called upon to be the clarion voice of the private sector – a voice which is non-partisan, and which is raised solely in the interest of Sri Lanka. I intend to continue the approach for this great institution.”

“As I assume the Chairmanship of this respected, long-standing and highly influential Chamber, let me take a moment to acknowledge our outgoing Chairman Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya. Under his stewardship we have steered through a very difficult period for the country and the private sector which underwent the twin black swan events of the Easter Sunday incidents in April 2019 and the Covid-19 Crisis which began in 2020.”

He was also the first Chairman to have taken over this role virtually in its 183-year history of the Chamber.

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