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05 May, 2015 07:55 AM Source: Financial Times - Sri Lanka
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Renowned legal luminary Rienzie Arsecularatne has been appointed as the new Chairman of Hatton National Bank (HNB), joining several other top personalities who were presented with places on its Board of Directors.
Among the new faces on the HNB Board are President Maithripala Sirisena’s private secretary Palitha Pelpola, senior banker at HNB and former Union Bank COO A.N. de Silva and financial services industry professional and First Capital COO D. Soosaipillai. All appointments were approved by the Central Bank.
Arseculeratne is an Attorney-at-Law and a member of the Unofficial Bar practicing criminal law and public law. He was appointed as a President’s Counsel in 1998. He was the former Director General of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption. He was also a State Counsel, Senior State Counsel, Deputy Solicitor General and Additional Solicitor from 1975 and he was the Head of the Criminal Section of the Attorney General’s Department until his retirement in 2003. Arsecularatne was also the Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Fisheries from 1989 to 1993 and served as an examiner at the Sri Lanka Law College. He holds a LL.B Degree (Ceylon) and a Master’s Degree in Commercial (LL.M.) – Bristol. He has been admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and as a barrister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Pelpola, apart from being Private Secretary to the President, is also a political consultant for the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFEE). He served the Government in the capacities of private secretary to the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Lands and Land Development, Managing Director of the Mahaweli Economic Agency, Director of the Mahaweli Centre, Special Advisor to the Minister of Plantation Industries and Director General of the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka. He was the former CEO of Leader Publications Ltd. and was the media consultant of the World Health Organization.

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