Arpico Insurance appoints industry veteran Kelum Senanayake as CEO – Makes history as the first Chief Executive in the Sri Lankan Insurance industry to be an MDRT achiever
One of Sri Lanka’s most innovative and respected insurance companies, Arpico Insurance PLC, has appointed industry veteran Mr. Kelum Senanayake as their Chief Executive Officer from 1st March 2021. Senanayaka brings to the table a wealth of experience & exposure spanning almost forty years, from both local as well as international Insurance industries.
Mr. Senanayake started his career in 1982 at Mercantile Credit, which was the principal agent for the National Insurance Corporation prior to privatization. Thereafter he joined Union Assurance and rose to the rank of Assistant General Manager where he served until 2009, after which he joined Eagle Insurance as General Manager – Life Operations. In 2013 he was promoted to Director – Operations, where he was put in charge of an extensive repertoire of functions & responsibilities including Operations, Life Underwriting, Life Servicing, Claims, Product Development, Re-Insurance, Branch Operations, Corporate Solutions Distribution, Contact Centers and Logistics.
A product of Ananda College Colombo, Mr. Senanayake holds a Diploma in Business Management from Worldview Institute & a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Sydney, Australia. He makes history becoming the first and only CEO in the Sri Lankan Insurance industry to hold the coveted Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) statusearned in an impressive 133 days.
Commenting on the new posting, Group Chairman of Richard Peiris & Company PLC Dr. Sena Yaddehige added, “I am delighted to have Kelum coming on board as the CEO of Arpico Insurance. With a distinguished career spanning over several decades and his proven track record of ethics, excellence and innovation in the industry, I am confident that he will take the Company to the next level while remaining committed to our core values of trust and stability”.
In addition to being a management professional, Mr. Senanayaka is a respected trainer who has trained over 5,000 Insurance professionals in his career and received training in the UK, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia & South Africa. Commenting on his new endeavor, Mr. Senanayaka said: “I consider it an honor to be part of the Arpico Group which has an impeccable reputation for being one of the foremost home-grown businesses. With my experience & expertise gained through the years, I hope to leverage the Group’s equity & strength to benefit the Company and to take it to a new elevation of excellence. I also plan to address the concerns and facilitate the goals of all stakeholders at large by adopting a customer-centric approach and also by empowering and looking after our most important asset – our people.”
Arpico Insurance PLC was incorporated in 2011 and is a regulated Insurance Company under the Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka. The renowned insurance provider presently offers a range of products such as Endowment, Health Insurance, Term Assurance, Education, Investment, Retirement, Group Assurance and Loan Protection amongst others and takes pride in being the only Life Insurance company that remains committed in providing Insurance for the living.
Share investors worried over Wealth and Heritage tax
By Hiran H Senewiratne
CSE trading kicked off on a positive note yesterday but the momentum could not be sustained for long owing to investor worries that the government is planning domestic debt restructuring involving the imposition of a wealth and heritage tax on citizens, market sources said.
Amid those developments both indices moved downwards. The All -Share Price Index went down by 131 points and S and P SL-20 declined by 46.8 points. Turnover stood at Rs 3.4 billion with four crossings. Those crossings were reported in Agalawattte Plantations, which crossed 45.3 million shares to the tune of Rs 1.5 billion, its shares traded at Rs 35, CTC 420,000 shares crossed for Rs 269 million and its shares traded at Rs 640, Cargills 100,000 shares crossed to the tune of Rs 24.5 million; its shares traded at Rs 245 and Hayleys 300,000 shares crossed for Rs 24 million; its shares traded at Rs 80.
In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, SLT Rs 234 million (two million shares traded), Hayleys RS 121 million (1.5 million shares traded), Lanka IOC Rs 106 million (115,000 shares traded), Softlogic Capital Rs 69 million (5.6 million shares traded), CTC Rs 65.3 million (101,000 shares traded), Sampath Bank RS 54.7 million (one million shares traded) and Commercial Bank RS 52.5 million (801,000 shares traded).During the day 164 million share volumes changed hands in 20000 transactions.
Brandix ‘RightToRead’ initiative gains momentum enriching Sri Lanka students and transforming learning
Inspired by the challenge to provide Sri Lankan children with better access to learning materials and the transformative power to read and comprehend English, Brandix launched the ‘RightToRead’ project in 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Accordingly, Brandix introduced the ‘ReadToMe’ English learning tool, created by English Helper – India, to improve reading and comprehension skills of Sri Lankan students. Last Monday, Julie Chung, the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, visited Susamayawardhana Vidyalaya in Borella, to observe progress of the project and experience how children and educators in Sri Lanka engage with educational technology.
Brandix Lanka Limited, Director, Ajit Johnpillai, said: “Education is the most powerful tool to enrich communities and futures, and Brandix is committed to build a strong foundation for transformational learning for students across Sri Lanka. The progress we have made with RiteToRead over the past two years is promising, and the potential for change in the education sector harnessing such digital technologies is immeasurable. Brandix will continue its commitment to deliver Inspired Solutions for the people of Sri Lanka.”
Dialog TV Boosts Resilience and Capacity with Norsat Satellite Earth Station
Hytera, a leading global provider of professional communications technologies and solutions, is proud to announce the successful deployment of a new backup satellite station for Dialog TV, Sri Lanka’s No.1 satellite Pay TV service provider. The project was fulfilled in 2022 by Hytera and its subsidiary specialized in Satellite Communications (SatCom), Norsat International Inc. The new station enhances the resilience and capacity of Dialog TV’s existing system and ensures continuity of service in the event of damage due to natural disasters.
Dialog TV provides coverage over the entirety of Sri Lanka through the Intelsat 38 Ku-band satellite. As the business expanded, it opted for a backup solution to support its existing satellite station and to strengthen the network’s disaster tolerance.
Hytera and Norsat provided an end-to-end satellite earth station solution that includes the installation, integration, and setup of satellite antennas, a transmission and receiving system, a new network management system (NMS), and a carrier monitoring system (CMS). The NMS makes routine work easier and simpler for on-duty staff, as equipment status, parameter monitoring and configuration, and remote control of the devices can be viewed and accomplished via a single interface. The CMS monitors the carrier spectrum status of satellite signals in real-time and ensures stable signal transmission and receiving.
“We are excited to have been able to work with Dialog TV on this important project,” said Kevin Sun, Sales Director for Hytera South Asia, “Our ability to seamlessly integrate our new equipment and software with Dialog TV’s existing systems has helped to ensure a stable and reliable service for their millions of customers across Sri Lanka.”
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