Rusiru Gunasena attains Top Position in the US Clearing House


Sri Lankan Rusiru Gunasena joins The Clearing House (TCH) to lead the real-time payment network in the USA. He is the first Sri Lankan to achieve this highest level of responsibility and it is a proud moment for Sri Lanka.

Gunasena, ‘payments and fintech leader’ with over 20 years of experience across multiple industries, joins TCH from Jack Henry, where he was MD of JHA PayCenter™, the faster payments hub that provides financial institutions with seamless connections to the Real Time Payments (RTP) network. As leader of Jack Henry’s faster payments strategy, RusiruGunasena oversaw the onboarding of over 170 banks and credit unions to the RTP network, more than any other third-party banking service provider.

In his role at TCH, Gunasena will oversee the ongoing growth of the RTP network, a modern platform for domestic real-time payments, complete with rich data capabilities and immediate payment confirmation. The RTP network currently reaches 61% of U.S. demand deposit accounts and more than 260 financial institutions are live on network.

RTP network is expanding to cross boarder payments to enable global commerce. His knowledge and leadership will benefit Sri Lanka’s payment echo system and fuel the international trade with real-time settlement of funds.

Humble beginnings…

Rusiru’s humble beginnings from Nalanda College Colombo to the United Kingdom, and then to the United States of America keeps him well rooted in his values. He holds an MBA from the USA and a bachelors’ degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, where he was an honours recipient. He was a born leader who ledthe troop of 180 prefects at the young age of 18 as the Head Prefect of his school.

Giving grace…

“I’m extremely grateful to everyone who trusted in me, gave me opportunities, taught me valuable lessons, and did the hard work to make things happen.”Gunasena truly appreciateseveryone who makes a difference in his life. From his parents to family and friends at work and around the world means a lot to him.

Leader in Payments…

Rusiru is a strong advocate in digital payment innovation and influences the US Payment Ecosystem by participating in various industry associations, workgroups, and committees. Recently he was elected to the Faster Payments Council Board of Directors where he also served as the Secretary/Treasurer.

About The Clearing House

The Clearing House operates U.S.-based ‘payments networks’ that clear and settle more than US$2 trillion each day through Wire, Automated Clearing House (ACH), ChequeImage, and Real-Time payments.