9/30/2011 12:00:00 AM
Gives quit notice as MD at Sampath
Bank, to take up new post from 1 January
Proven industry leader Harris Premaratane is to head the country’s newest
entrant to the financial services sector, Cargills Agriculture and Commercial
Bank, from 1 January 2012.
The move follows Premaratne giving quit notice to Sampath Bank yesterday from
his current post as Managing Director by end this year.
Daily FT learns Premaratne will be the Managing Director and CEO of Cargills
Agriculture and Commercial Bank, which early this month received provisional
approval from the Central Bank.
Its promoters are diversified blue chip CT Holdings Plc and FMCG specialist
Cargills (Ceylon) Plc. The approval is subject to fulfilling routine terms and
conditions, with which the promoters are currently busy.
Premaratne joined Sampath Bank as CEO designate in October 2008 and was inducted
to the Board in November the same year, before being appointed Managing Director
from January this year.
Some industry analysts have credited the recent revival in Sampath Bank to
leadership of Premaratne, who had previously had a long career at the country’s
biggest private sector bank, Commercial.
An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London, Premaratne
was a Senior Deputy General Manager Corporate Banking at Commercial Bank Plc
when he retired. He has 42 years of overall banking experience with expertise in
the areas of trade services, trade finance, corporate credit, corporate finance,
recoveries and correspondent relations.
He was a Director of the Sri Lanka Credit Information Bureau and was the
Chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Sri Lanka Banks’
Premaratne is the present Chairman of the Sri Lanka Banks’ Association
(Guarantee) Ltd. and Chairman of the Financial Ombudsman Sri Lanka (Guarantee)
Ltd. He is a Director of the Asiri Hospital Group of Companies. He also held the
position of Director of Softlogic Group of Companies.