Jagath Sumathipala was born on the 30th April 1960 in Colombo. He is the son of U W Sumathipala and Milina Sumathipala and is the third child in the family of five daughters and two sons. He married Samantha Kumari Karunaratne on the 8th May 1987 and they are blessed with two daughters and two sons namely: Puthula, Wagisha, Chadu and Chathula.

Upon completing his studies at his alma mater, Ananda College Colombo, Jagath proceeded to UK for his higher studies in Business Management.

Jagath Sumathipala
Chairman / Managing Director

He assumed duties as the Managing Director of the Sumathi Holdings (Pvt) Ltd in 1980 and in 2017 he became the Chairman / Managing Director of Sumathi Holdings (Pvt) Ltd which is with eight diversified subsidiaries in the areas of Information Technology, Retail Trade, Health Care, Hospitality, Investment, Hydro Power, Film Industry and Security.

He has served as the Honorary President of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress (ACBC), the premier Buddhist organization in Sri Lanka, from 2006 to 2014 and also was elected as the Honorary President once again in 2018. He is a Vice - President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) and Member of the Governing Council / Director of the Nagananda International Institute for Buddhist Studies (NIIBS). He is a past President and vice patron of the Billiards & Snooker Association of Sri Lanka.

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Directors

Samantha Sumathipala
Director
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Chadu Sumathipala
Executive Director

Mr. Chadu Sumathipala holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Curtin University Perth, Australia and he joined Sumathi Holdings in March 2017. He is the oldest son of Mr. Jagath Sumathipala and looks after all IT related subsidiaries.

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Chathula Sumathipala
Director

Mr. Chathula Sumathipala holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting & Marketing from Monash University Melbourne, Australia and he joined Sumathi Holdings in July 2018. He is the youngest son of Mr. Jagath Sumathipala and he directly oversees Lokx Security Services.

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Management Committee

Chaminda Dabare
Director Finance

Mr. Dabare is a chartered Accountant who joined Sumathi Holding in the year 2000 as an accountant. Due to his unblemished character and proficiency in the subject, he was promoted as the Chief Accountant in 2005 and subsequently promoted as the Director Finance.

Mr. Dabare has obtained a MBA from University of Colombo in 2007 and has been awarded the fellow membership from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Prabath Peiris
Group General Manager HR & Administration

Mr Prabath Peiris, holds the position of the Group General Manager Human Resources and Administration of Sumathi Holdings (Private) Limited since October 2018, Mr Peiris is a qualified Human Resource professional from IPM (Institute of Personal Management), and has obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

He began his professional Human Resources career in April 2005 from CEAT International Tyres (Pvt) Limited – A company under RPG Group of India, and he joined the EAP Group of Companies in February 2006 as Manager – Human Resource Development and promoted to the position of Director HRD (Media & retail Sector) in the year 2007 for Swarnamahal Jewellers and EAP Networks - Swarnavahini TV and in the year 2014 January Mr Peiris was promoted as the Group Head of Human Resources to EAP Holdings (Pvt) Limited.

Prior to his HR carrier Mr. Peiris was attached under Tea & Rubber Plantations Management under Janatha Development Board and Kotagala Plantations Limited (managed by George Stuarts and Lankem Tea & Rubber Plantations from 1992 to 2005).

Mr Peiris, as the Group General Manager Human Resources and Administration is overlooking Group HR functions of Sumathi Holdings Companies and responsible for developing sustainable workplace capabilities, with modern HR policies and practices to achieve overall vision, mission and objectives of the Group. Further Mr Peiris is a key Executive member in the Senior Management Team.

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Michael Andree
Group Consultant

Over 30 years of Senior Management experience in the Private Sector, 20 years of which has been at Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer level. His career spans through many industries to include, Pharmaceuticals, Retail, Construction, Packaging and the Apparel Sectors.

He has been the Managing Director - Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK), Chief Executive Officer – Richard Peiris Distributors (RPD), Chief Executive Officer – Lanka Alluminium Industries Ltd. (LAIL) and Managing Director – Orit Trading and Orit Apparel Lanka Pvt. Ltd.

Committee Members

Paramanathan Kunchithapathen
Committee Member
Nishantha Indika
CEO, Retail Information Tecnologies

Mr. Nishantha joined Sumathi Group in 2012 as Asst Director Human Resources and appointed to the Chief Executive Officer for Retail Information Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.

He Holds a degree in BSc. from the University of Colombo ,

He obtained National Diploma in Engineering Science (Mechanical) From Technician Training Institute, Katunayake and Diploma In Personal Management from National Institute of Business Management.

Before joining Sumathi Holdings, he held the position of Human Resources Manager – Richard Peries Distributors Ltd, and Group Human Resources Manager at Growth Lanka Pvt Ltd.

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Chaminda Bandara
CEO, Lifeserv

Mr. Bandara started his career as a Medical Representative in the Pharmaceutical Industry in 1992 and joined Sumathi Holdinga (Healthcare Division) in 2001 as a Product Manager. With his continuous performance, he was promoted as a General Manager and then as the Chief Executive Officer at LifeServ’ (Pvt) Ltd which is a subsidiary of Sumathi Holdings (Pvt) Ltd.

Mr. Bandara has obtained a MBA from Buckinghamshire New University – UK in 2014. He is a Certified Professional Marketer [CPM] obtained from the Asia Pacific Marketing Federation .

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Indrajith Jayarathne
CEO, Sumathi Information Technologies

Proven IT Executive Leader with 25 years of combined experience orchestrating IT and telecom operations across a wide range of leading global organisations, including Fortune 500 companies (Hutchison, Singapore Telecom). Equipped with impressive portfolio of achievements delivering more than 150 projects (many valued at over $5M) with 100% success rates via strategic planning, allocation of resources, and big picture leadership.

He offers strong background serving at senior management of many global companies, representing enterprise globally and chairing various international conferences with significant sector impact. He holds a MSC in IT from the University of Keele UK and completed MRes from the University of Liverpool while being a candidate of DBA(Doctorate in Business Administration).

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