Veteran Banker Lakshman Silva joins Seylan Bank Board
Seylan Bank PLC recently announced the appointment of Mr. Lakshman Silva as an Independent Non-Executive Director to its Board of Directors with effect from 18 July 2022. No stranger to the banking industry, Mr Silva is well-known for his invaluable service leading DFCC Bank PLC and its subsidiaries for over three decades. He also served as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Banks’ Association, guiding the banking community, through challenging times in 2020/21.
Beginning his professional career in the Department of Inland Revenue, Mr. Silva made his career defining move to the DFCC Banking Group in 1987. With more than a decade of banking experience he was then seconded to DFCC Vardhana Bank where he served as CEO/ Executive Director until 2015. He returned to DFCC Bank PLC as Deputy Chief Executive Officer/ Director in 2015, followed by his appointment as Director/CEO of DFCC Bank PLC in 2017, a position he held until his retirement from the Bank in 2021.
Mr Silva also held the position of Chairman of DFCC Consulting (Pvt) Ltd and Synapsys Limited, both subsidiary companies of DFCC Banking Group. He also served as Chairman of Lanka Financial Services Bureau Limited, Sri Lanka Banks’ Association (Guarantee) Limited, Acuity Partners (Pvt) Ltd, Lanka Ventures Limited and LVL Energy Fund PLC. In addition, he was a Director of Lanka Clear (Pvt) Ltd. At present Mr Silva is the Chairman of Lanka Industrial Estates Limited as well as Panasian Power PLC and its subsidiary companies.
A former member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) and Board of Management of the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority, Mr Silva currently serves as a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Committee of the CBSL and Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member and Past President of the Association of Professional Bankers of Sri Lanka.
Mr Silva is an alumnus of the University of Kelaniya where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Sp.) Degree and holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenepura.