Ronnie Peiris

Ronnie was, till end December 2017, an Executive Director on the Board of John Keells Holdings PLC and was its Group Finance Director.  He was also a Director in several Listed and Non-Listed Companies involved in Leisure/Hoteliering, Food and Beverage Manufacturing/Retailing, Financial Services including Banks, Insurance and Brokering, Property Development/Real Estate, Information Technology, Plantations/Plantation Services and Transportations, Logistics and Ports.

Ronnie has, over 45 years of Finance and General Management experience with, more than 42 of them at Senior Management level, in Sri Lanka, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Immediately prior to joining John Keells, Ronnie was the Managing Director of Anglo American Corporation (Central Africa) Ltd, Lusaka, Zambia, the Zambia based subsidiary of Anglo American Plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. In this position, he served on the Boards of many Companies which were involved in a variety of activities ranging from Manufacturing, Brewing, Milling, Hoteliering to Real Estate Development and Financial Services.

Ronnie was an active member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) during the period 2004 to 2017 and was the Chairman of its Taxation Sub Committee for several years.  He was also a Member of the Main Committee of the CCC and served on its Economic, Fiscal and Policy Planning Sub Committee. He is also a Past President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors.

In addition to holding a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa with specialisation in Marketing and Human Resource Management, Ronnie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, (FCMA), UK, a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA), Scotland, a Fellow Member of the Society of Certified Management Accountants (FSCMA), Sri Lanka and a Fellow of the Zambia Institute of Certified Accountants, (FZICA), Zambia.

Ronnie has successfully concluded a course on “Transformative Coaching; A Revolutionary Approach to Enable Change” at Classroom Learning conducted by the Coach Masters Academy, Singapore. He has been a direct mentor/coach to many in the past several years and has been a natural coach/mentor in his several roles.

He has been, and is, a presenter of Papers on various topics at Workshops, Seminars and other fora and recently published “Tough Journey Great Destination” – a behavioural guide for Professionals and Leaders. He was also recognised by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Sri Lanka, as its Business Icon of 2014.