Mr D Soosaipillai is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and the Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka and is considered a pioneer in the leasing and financial services industry both in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. He has served on the boards of several leading specialized leasing companies in the capacity of Finance Director, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.
He was appointed a Director of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC in January 2014. He chairs the Board Audit Committee and is a member of the Board Integrated Risk Management Committee. He chaired the Board Audit Committee of Trade Finance and Investments PLC, the subsidiary of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC during the period January to October 2015.
He is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of Hatton National Bank PLC and chairs the Board Integrated Risk Management Committee of the Bank and is a member of the Board Strategy & Investment Review Committee, the Board Procurement and Assets Disposal Committee, the Board HR and Remuneration Committee and the Board Recoveries Committee of the Bank. He is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Udapussellawa Plantations PLC and Hapugastenne Plantations PLC and chairs the Board Audit Committees of both these Plantation Companies. He is also a member of the Related Party Transaction Review Committee and the Remuneration Committee of these two Plantations Companies.
Mr Soosaipillai is a member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors and is an active member of the Audit Committee Forum and the INED Forum of SLID.
Mr Soosaipillai has over 30 years of experience in Financial Services and in Risk Management and Compliance, both at the operational and strategic levels. He was engaged by the World Bank as a Short Term Consultant on a Payables Assessment assignment in the Maldives as part of a wider Public Finance Management project in 2012. Mr Soosaipillai also served as the Managing Director of the Maldives Finance Leasing Company (Private) Limited for more than 7 years and as the Chief Executive Officer of Ceylease Financial Services Limited, a subsidiary of the Bank of Ceylon.
Mr. Egodage took over the reins of Commercial Credit in October 2009 following the takeover of the Company by BG Investments (Private) Limited and joined the Board of Commercial Credit in March 2011. As Chief Executive Officer, he has been the driving force behind the Company’s stellar success, charting a visionary course of leadership and growth.
Prior to taking over the stewardship of Commercial Credit, Mr. Egodage held several senior management positions in the finance industry including the Deputy Chief Executive Director of The Finance Company PLC in 2006, while serving on the Boards of several group of companies at the same time.
Mr. Egodage has previously been General Manager – Finance, Planning and Administration at Kotagala Plantations PLC and General Manager – Projects and Planning at Agalawatte Plantations PLC. He currently serves on the privately held companies registered in Sri Lanka, Philippines and Singapore. Having earned a BSc. Eng. degree from the University of Peradeniya and initially embarking on a career in engineering, he then set his sights on a career in business management, earning an MBA from the University of Colombo.He is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK (FCMA), an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK (ACIM) and an associate member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Sri Lanka (ASCMA).
Mrs Egodage joined Commercial Credit as an Executive Director following the takeover of the management by BG Investments (Private) Limited in December 2009. Presently, she serves as a Director of BG Investments (Private) Limited and BG Capital (Private) Limited.
Mrs Egodage began her career as an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Chemistry, University of Peradeniya. She served for a period of 4 years as a Process Chemist at Ansell Lanka. From 1996 to 2005 she held the post of Assistant Director for Quality Control and Quality Assurance at the Coconut Development Authority. She brings the experience and dedication to her role as an Executive Director of Commercial Credit and is an integral component of the success story of the Company. She holds a BSc. (Hons) Degree in Chemistry from the University of Peradeniya and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Open University of Sri Lanka.
Mr Kenneth D Vander Weele is a co-founder and partner in Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC, an impact investment fund manager and transaction advisory group. He is also the founder and managing partner of Creation Investments Sri Lanka, LLC, a Delaware Company. He joined the Board of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC in March 2014.
From 2000 until 2009, Mr Vander Weele served as the President of the Investment Services Division at Opportunity International, a major microfinance network, during which time he was involved in forming three microfinance banks in Eastern Europe (Forus Bank-Russia, Opportunity Bank-Montenegro and Opportunity Bank-Serbia) and served as the Board chair of each bank. Between 1991 and 2000, Mr Vander Weele held various positions with the Opportunity International Network, including Global COO, Regional Vice President for Eastern Europe and Interim CEO. From 1975 to 1981, Mr Vander Weele held various positions at Grant Thornton, CPAs, in their Madison, Boston, Chicago and US National Office. From 1981 to 1991, he was the Senior Vice President, CFO and a founding shareholder of Graphisphere Corporation, a graphic arts holding Company with private equity shareholders, until it was sold to a strategic buyer. Mr Vander Weele has a PhD in international economics from Oxford University and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA, USA). He currently serves in the Boards of NOA Holdings NV - Holland, Sonata Finance Private Limited - India, Fusion Microfinance Private Limited - India, Creation Investments Social Venture Funds I, II, III and IV - USA, and Vivriti Capital-India.
Between 1991 and 2000, Mr. Vander Weele held various positions within the Opportunity International Network, including Global COO, Regional Vice President for Eastern Europe and Interim CEO.
From 1975 to 1981, Mr. Vander Weele held various positions at Grant Thornton, CPAs, in their Madison, Boston, Chicago, and US National Office.
From 1981 to 1991, he was the Senior Vice President, CFO and a founding shareholder of Graphisphere Corporation, a graphic arts holding company with private equity shareholders, until it was sold to a strategic buyer.
Mr. Vander Weele was also a founder and the board chair of the Microfinance Centre for Eastern Europe from 1998 until 2006 and the Balkan Financial Sector Equity Fund from 2005 to 2011.
Mr. Vander Weele has a Ph.D. in international economics from Oxford University and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin. Ken is also a CPA.
Mr Patrick T Fisher is the founder and managing partner of Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC, an Impact Investment Fund Manager and transaction advisory group. With over $700 million in assets under management, Creation Investments focuses on private equity investments in financial services and microfinance, serving the Bottom of the Economic Pyramid (BOP). He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Creation Investments Sri Lanka, LLC, a Delaware Company.
Mr Fisher has led investments or provided advisory services on transactions in over 25 countries in other industry verticals, including health care, affordable housing, agriculture, clean energy and technology, as well as evaluating social ventures and impact investments in many others.
Mr Fisher serves on the Boards of CAME Sofipo De CV–Mexico, NOA Holdings-Netherlands, Capital Float Private Limited-India, Caja Rural Los Andes-Peru, Creation Investments Social Venture Fund I - USA, Creation Investments Social Venture Fund II – USA, Creation Investments Social Venture Fund III – USA, Creation Investments Social Venture Fund IV - USA, Promus Holdings, LLC - USA, KVPF, LLC - USA, Vitruvian Corporation - USA and Creation Investments Capital Management, LLC - USA. He joined the Board of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC in March 2014. Prior to founding Creation Investments, Mr Fisher spent the majority of his career working for JPMorgan Chase.
His relevant work experience includes years of service in international banking and global treasury and trade services, primarily covering Asia and Latin America. Mr Fisher worked for the Bank in China, specifically in Hong Kong and Beijing. In addition, Mr Fisher has trading experience, working on Bank One’s Chicago trading floor, marketing interest rate, commodity and foreign exchange derivatives. He received his credit training from American National Bank in Chicago.
He has started numerous businesses and established three previous investment funds in real estate and private equity. He has served on the Boards of several domestic and international for-profit and not for-profit organizations. Mr Fisher is a graduate of the JL Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he received a Master of Business Administration degree. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, at the University of Notre Dame. He is a member of Mensa and continues his studies in Spanish, Mandarin and Koine Greek.
Mr Rajiv Casie Chitty is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA), UK and a Chartered Financial Analyst, USA. He obtained his Masters in Economics from the University of Colombo and won the Janashakthi Gold at the 2006 CIMA Pinnacle Awards. Mr. Casie Chitty is an Independent Non-Executive Director of ACL Cables PLC, Tangerine Beach Hotels PLC, Royal Palms Beach Hotels PLC, Ceylon Printers PLC and Office Equipment PLC. He is the former President of the ACCA Sri Lanka panel. Mr. Casie Chitty has over 30 years’ experience in the private sector of which over 15 years has been at senior management level.
Mr. Dufes started his career as a Tennis coach in 1985 in France, then he moved to field of Financial Advisory in 1999. From 2000 to 2011 he served as portfolio and asset manager at French Securities company (Dubus SA).
He worked to develop IT solutions for financial markets while he was Managing Director of Dubus Lao IT from 2011 to 2014. He served as General Manager and Chief Financial Officer in GL Lao leasing from 2014 to 2016.
He served as Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of BG Microfinance and of GL-AMMK in Myanmar.He joined the board of Grouplease PCL in 2016 in Thailand and currently serving as Group CFO of Grouplease PCL. Mr Dufes joined the Board of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC in May 2019.
Mr. Lasantha Wickremasinghe, FCA is a fellow member and a past president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) and a fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka (AAT). He is a partner at B R DE SILVA & COMPANY Chartered Accountants since 1997 and specialized in Audit, Assurance Services. Member of Board of Management and the Audit Committee chairman of Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura (PIM) and Board of Management Member of the Api Wenuwen Api Fund. He serves as the Treasurer of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Mr. Boris Zschorsch is the Group Deputy CFO of Group Lease Public Company Limited, one of the leading finance companies in ASEAN providing leasing and microfinance services targeting rural and unbanked population in emerging markets. With a presence in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia, the Company is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Group Lease PCL acquired a 29.99% stake of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC through its holding subsidiary.
Mr. Zschorsch joined Group Lease PCL in 2015 as a Financial Analyst working on Due Diligence assignments as well as financial analysis on the multi- national group level. He was then promoted to Group Deputy CFO in charge of the Group Consolidation in Thailand as well as involved in the operations of the subsidiary holding company. He took part in the rapid expansion of cross-country operations in the last few years.
Mr. Zschorsch has been working in Southeast Asia since January 2015 when he joined Price water house Coopers Singapore after having worked for the Professional Service Company in Luxembourg as an Audit Senior for more than 4 years.
He is a graduate of J.W. Goethe Universit ät in Frankfurt, Germany where he received the title Diplom - Kaufmann as well as of Université Paris Dauphine IX, France where he received a Master in Finance and Accounting.
Tamara Paktsun is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (FCA Sri Lanka), a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA UK) and is a senior finance professional with wide experience in the private sector, both in Sri Lanka and overseas.
She was appointed to the Board of Commercial Credit and Finance PLC in February 2020 and is a member of the Board Audit Committee and is also a member of the Board Integrated Risk Management Committee.
Ms Paktsun was the Director Finance & Operations of PricewaterhouseCoopers Sri Lanka and Maldives for over 13 years and previously functioned as the Chief Financial Officer of Ceylease Financial Services Limited, the leasing subsidiary of the Bank of Ceylon until 2004.