Chandrika Perera appointed Executive Director of Abans PLC
Abans Group of Companies last week announced the appointment of Chandrika Perera as an Executive Director of Abans PLC.
Chandrika Perera joined Abans Group in January 2018 as the Group Chief Financial Officer, a role that was created to further consolidate and enhance the position of the organisation. Chandrika Perera started her journey with Abans Group following a successful career spanning over three decades in John Keells Group, where in her last role she served as an Executive Vice President of John Keells Holdings, and as the Chief Financial Officer of the Leisure Sector – which owns and manages the Cinnamon Hotel Chain in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
She had also served as the Group Financial Controller of John Keells Holdings, overseeing Group Finance, Tax and Treasury. Further, her work experience spans over several industries such as Manufacturing, Food and Beverages, Retail, Real Estate and Hospitality. She is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Society of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka, and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Queensland, having specialised in Finance.
Since the inception of Abans Group more than 50 years ago, Abans has grown to become one of the largest conglomerates in Sri Lanka. Abans’ goal has always been to empower people with a better way to life. Through the years, while the strong electronics and home appliance retail business remains at large, the business has diversified with presence in several sectors such as Retail, Finance, Logistics, Real Estate, Manufacturing, etc.
“As Abans Group continues to grow, it is critical we work closer than ever with the industry experts. We were happy to have Chandrika Perera join us in 2018 as the Group Chief Financial Officer, where she was able to bring about significant changes in the function that saw the entire Group reap the benefits in short and long term,” stated Abans Group Founder/Chairperson, Aban Pestonjee.
“As we continue on our journey of taking the Group to greater heights, her reputable professional experience, expertise and skillset will greatly benefit the group in the coming years as well. We are happy to welcome Mrs. Chandrika Perera to the Board of Directors of Abans PLC, and look forward to be working with her closely in the future.”
Commenting on the new appointment, Chandrika Perera stated: “I am deeply honoured to take on this new role, and look forward to the opportunity to add further value to the company’s journey of growth. The market continues to be challenging and it’s critical for businesses to learn and evolve with the changing times. Endurance for environmental dynamics is needed more than ever for business sustenance. Abans Group is setting plans for the next chapter, and I’m happy to be able to take on more responsibilities in the exciting journey ahead.”
Abans PLC is chaired by its Founder, Aban Pestonjee, and the present Board of Directors comprises Behman Pestonjee (MD), Rusi Pestonjee (Executive Director), Dr. Saroshi Dubash (Executive Director), Dinesh Weerakkody (Independent Non-Executive Director), and Rajaratnam Selvaskandan (Independent Non-Executive Director).