• CCS Team

Our Team

At Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, we count our people as our most precious asset. Leading them from the front and behind are our senior management team and, above them, our board of directors consisting of some corporate veterans who set the strategic direction for our company. The collective wisdom and experience of these seasoned executives are at the heart of our remarkable success as one of Sri Lanka’s largest and best-known food & beverage manufacturing & trading companies.

  • CCS Leadership

    Our Leadership

Board of Directors

  • Krishan Balendraaaaaaaaa
    Ceylon Cold Stores Chairman - Krishan Balendra

    Krishan Balendra

    Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director / Chairman

    Mr Balendra was appointed to the Board of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, on 1st January 2018 and was appointed as Chairman on 1st January 2019. He is also the Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC, the parent company of CCS.
    Also serving as the Director of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sri Lanka, Mr Balendra has experience in the capacity of the former Chairman of Nations Trust Bank and the Colombo Stock Exchange.
    Having started his career at UBS Warburg, Hong Kong, in investment banking, focusing primarily on equity capital markets He joined JKH in 2002, having qualified in law at the University of London. 

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director - Gihan Cooray

    Gihan Cooray

    Non-Executive, Non-Independent Director

    Mr Cooray was appointed to the Board of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, on 1st January 2018.
    He also serves in the capacity of the Deputy Chairman/Group Finance Director and has overall responsibility for the finance and accounting, taxation, corporate finance and strategy, treasury, IT functions, which also includes John Keells IT, and John Keells Research.
    Also serving as the Chairman of Nations Trust Bank PLC, and a committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce; Mr 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 holds a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Executive, Non-Independent Director and President - Daminda Gamlath

    Daminda Gamlath

    Executive, Non-Independent Director/ President

    Mr Gamlath is the President of the Consumer Foods Industry Group. He joined the John Keells Group in 2002 and was the Sector Financial Controller of the IT Sector and then the Consumer Foods Industry Group. He was appointed as the Head of Beverages in 2013. Prior to JKH Group, he worked at Hayleys Group. Mr Gamlath holds a BSc. (Eng) degree from the University of Moratuwa, an MBA from the University of Colombo and is a passed finalist of the CIMA UK. He was appointed as a member of the JKH Group Operating Committee (GOC) in 2017 and member of the Group Executive Committee (GEC) in 2019.

  • Muhammed Hamza

    Non-Executive, Independent Director

    Appointed to the Board of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, on 15th May 2015, Mr Hamza brings over 30 years of managerial experience in the FMCG industry to the table.
    During his 28 year long career with Nestle in senior marketing and General Management positions in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Indonesia and Mr Hamza has played a significant role in transforming the Nestle’s role in Sri Lankan food and beverage market’ and had been instrumental in developing strong FMCG brands such as Nestomalt and Milo, which are the flagship brands of Nestle in Sri Lanka, today.
    Presently he is also the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Handicraft Board – Laksala had been serving as the CEO/Director at Atlas Axillia (Pvt) Ltd, for a period of 5 years, prior.
    Mr Hamza holds a B. Com degree from the University of Peradeniya, an MBA from The American University in Washington DC and a Post Graduate degree in General Management from IMD, Switzerland.

  • Dr Shanthi Wilson Wijeratnam

    Non-Executive, Independent Director

    Dr Wijeratnam was appointed to the Board of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, on 17th June 2016.
    A graduate of the University College London with a B.Sc Hons degree in Microbiology, Dr Wijeratnam obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge, specializing in plant pathology and post-harvest technology.
    She was the Head of the Food Technology Section and subsequently Additional Director Research and Development at the ITI (Former CISIR). Dr Wijeratnam was also the country representative for IAEA supported food irradiation programmes and has been a visiting scholar at Cornell University, RIKILT, Netherlands, the University of Hawaii, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Guelph.
    She has served on the Board of Directors of the Atomic Energy Agency, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the National Science Foundation and was the Chairman of the Institute of Post-Harvest Technology.
    In January 2017, she was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the “Feed the Future - Horticulture Innovation Lab”, at the University of California, Davis.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Non-Executive, Independent Director - Sharmini Ratwatte

    Sharmini Ratwatte

    Non-Executive, Independent Director

    Ms. Ratwatte was appointed to the Board of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, on 17th June 2016.
    A Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK, she also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colombo. Ms. Ratwatte holds Non-Executive Directorships in BPPL PLC, a manufacturer and exporter of household and professional cleaning products and is a Trustee of the Sunera Foundation, a non-profit organisation empowering differently abled persons using the performing arts.
    She is also the Founding Trustee and Former Chairperson of the Federation of Environmental Organisations, which works to support environmental organisations operating in Sri Lanka.

Senior Management

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Executive, Non-Independent Director and President - Daminda Gamlath

    Daminda Gamlath

    President/Director

    President of the Consumer Foods Industry Group, Daminda joined the John Keells Group in 2002 and served as the Financial Controller of the IT Sector and the Consumer Foods Industry Group; and the Head of Beverages. Prior to joining the JKH Group, he worked at Hayleys Group. Daminda is an Engineering Graduate of the University of Moratuwa, an MBA of the University of Colombo and is a finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK. He was appointed to the John Keells Group Operating Committee (GOC) in 2017 and to the Group Executive Committee (GEC) in 2019.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores CFO Nelindra Fernando

    Nelindra Fernando

    Executive Vice President/ CFO - Consumer Foods

    Chief Financial Officer of the Consumer Food Industry Group, Nelindra has been with the John Keells Group since 2013. Prior to that, she worked at the MAS Group for over 10 years. Nelindra is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) as well as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. She was appointed as a member of the John Keells Group Operating Committee (GOC) in 2018.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Head of Frozen Confectionery and Consumer Food, Sathish Rathnayake

    Sathish Ratnayake

    Vice President/ Head of Frozen Confectionery-Consumer Foods

    Head of Frozen Confectionery category of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, Sathish has over 25 years’ experience in sales and marketing functions in diverse industry sectors. Prior to joining JKH, he was attached to Unilever Sri Lanka for 14 years in sales, marketing, customer and trade marketing fields. He has also worked for Pure Beverages Ltd, Cargills Ceylon PLC, Bharti Airtel Lanka Ltd and Heineken Asia Pacific. Sathish holds a master’s degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK) and a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Head of Supply Chain Sanjeewa Jayasundara

    Sanjeewa Jayasundara

    Vice President/ Head of Supply Chain Management

    Head of Supply Chain Management of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, Sanjeewa joined the John Keells Group in 2010. Having worked at Unilever Sri Lanka for 14 years in different areas of the supply chain, he is an Associate of the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka, and holds a BSc. Engineering degree from the University of Peradeniya and an MBA in Management of Technology from the University of Moratuwa.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Head of Human Resources Nisansala Paranayapa

    Nisansala Paranayapa

    Vice President/ Head of Human Resources-Consumer Foods

    Head of Human Resources of the Consumer Foods Industry Group, Nisansala joined the Group in 2015. Prior to that, she worked at Ceylon Grain Elevators PLC and Ansell Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. She is a life member of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and the MBA Alumni Association of the University of Colombo, an Associate of Institute of Personnel Management (Sri Lanka) and holds an LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Colombo, Attorney at Law from Sri Lanka Law College and an MBA in Human Resource Management from the University of Colombo.

  • Factory Manager of The Colombo Ice Company (Pvt) Ltd Irsula Rajakaruna

    Irsula Rajakaruna

    Assistant Vice President/ Factory Manager of The Colombo Ice Company (Pvt) Ltd

    Factory Manager of The Colombo Ice Company (Pvt) Ltd, Irsula joined the John Keells Group in 2015. Prior to that, he worked at Unilever Sri Lanka for 8 years in the engineering function. He is an Associate of the Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka and holds a B.Sc Engineering degree from the University of Moratuwa and an MBA in Management of Technology from the University of Moratuwa.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Head of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Ruwan Kumara

    Ruwan Kumara

    Assistant Vice President/ Head of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs- Consumer Foods

    Head of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs of Consumer Foods Sector, Ruwan has 20+ years of experience in the FMCG - food & beverages sector. Having held key roles in R&D, quality, regulatory and public affairs. Ruwan holds a BSc. (Agri) Special degree from the University of Peradeniya, MSc. (Food Science and Technology) from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and an MBA from the University of Colombo. He is a member of the Food Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health, Chairman of the F&B Steering Committee of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and a technical assessor to SLAB.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores - Head of Research and Development - Consumer Foods - Udaya Padmakumara

    Udaya Padmakumara

    Assistant Vice President/ Head of Research and Development - Consumer Foods

    Head of Research & Development of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, Udaya joined the John Keells Group in 2014. Prior to that, he has worked at Lion Brewery Ceylon PLC and Varun Beverages Lanka (Pvt) Ltd over 12 years and he has more than 18 years of experience in different areas of FMCG industry. Udaya holds a BSc. Degree in Microbiology from University of Kelaniya and MSc in Food Science & Technology from University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores - Head of Manufacturing - Duminda Gunewardena

    Duminda Gunawardena

    Assistant Vice President/ Head of Manufacturing

    Head of Manufacturing of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, Duminda joined the John Keells Group in 2016. He has over 17 years of experience in the FMCG sector having previously worked for Stainless Steel Fabrication (Pvt) Ltd, Unilever Sri Lanka, Coca Cola Beverages Sri Lanka, Premium Exports Ceylon Ltd and has held key roles in engineering, production and project management. Duminda holds an Engineering Diploma NDT (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Moratuwa, a Master of Manufacturing Management (MMM) from the University of Colombo.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores - Head of Sales - Beverages - Shanil Perera

    Shanil Perera

    Assistant Vice President/ Head of Sales – Beverages

    Head of Sales for the Beverages Category of Ceylon Cold Stores, Shanil joined the John Keells Group in 2016 as the Head of Sales of Keells Food. Shanil has over 15 years of experience in the FMCG sector, having started his career at Ceylon Tobacco Company and continuing at Nestle, Heineken Lanka, Mars Chocolate India Ltd. He is currently reading for his MBA at the Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Head of Sales - Frozen Confectionery Mahendra Amarasinghe

    Mahendra Amarasinghe

    Assistant Vice President/ Head of Sales - Frozen Confectionery

    Head of Sales for the Frozen Confectionery category, Mahendra joined Ceylon Cold Stores PLC in 1991 and has 27 years experience in sales function in both Soft Drinks and Ice Cream categories.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores - Head of Tax - Consumer Foods - Nimali Liyanage

    Nimali Liyanage

    Assistant Vice President/ Head of Tax - Consumer Foods

    Head of Tax of John Keells Consumer Food and Retail Industry Group, Nimali joined the John Keells Group in 2012; having previously served at KPMG Sri Lanka, KPMG Australia and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Sri Lanka. Nimali is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and holds a B.Sc. Accounting and Financial Management (Special) degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Financial Controller Jehani Kanagaraj

    Jehani Kanagaraja

    Assistant Vice President/ Financial Controller

    Financial Controller of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, Jehani joined the John Keells Group in 2003 as an Accountant. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA-UK) and Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA).

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Head of Financial Planning and Analysis - Consumer Foods - Thilina Abeygunawardena

    Thilina Abeygunawardane

    Assistant Vice President/ Head of Financial Planning and Analysis - Consumer Foods

    Head of Financial Planning and Analysis of Consumer Foods Industry Group, Thilina joined the John Keells Group in 2010 as a Trainee Management Accountant. He holds a BSc. Accounting Special Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Thilina is a Finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants - UK and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants - UK.

  • Ceylon Cold Stores Head of Marketing -  Beverages - Dilshani Edirisinghe

    Dilshani Edirisinghe

    Assistant Vice President/ Head of Marketing – Beverages

    Head of Marketing in the Beverages category of Ceylon Cold Stores PLC, Dilshani joined the company in 2019. She has over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing functions in diverse industry sectors including her stint at AkzoNobel Paints Lanka Pvt Ltd for 9 years in Marketing & Category Management functions. Dilshani holds a Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).