Nations Trust Bank PLC has announced the appointment of Gihan Cooray as Chairman of the Board of Directors, with effect from December 1st 2018. Cooray takes over as Chairman following the retirement of Krishan Balendra who stepped down after having served the stipulated maximum 9 year tenure as a Director of Nations Trust Bank PLC.
Cooray is the Group Finance Director of John Keells Holdings PLC and has overall responsibility for the Group’s Finance and Accounting, Taxation, Corporate Finance & Strategy, Treasury & Information Technology functions (including John Keells IT) and John Keells Research. He is also a Director of several other companies in the John Keells Group.
Cooray holds an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University Houston, Texas. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, a Certified Management Accountant of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia and has a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK. He also serves as a Committee Member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.
Nations Trust Bank PLC is among the top 30 business establishments in Sri Lanka as ranked by Business Today Magazine, ably providing a host of financial products and services to a wide range of customers. Nations Trust is also the bank behind Sri Lanka’s first fully digital bank, FriMi. The bank operates 94 branches across the country, boasting an ATM network covering 127 locations and 44 Cash Deposit & Withdrawal Machines, plus more than 3,500 ATMs on the Lanka Pay Network and is the issuer and sole acquirer for American Express® Cards in Sri Lanka.