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Gavin Walker
(President and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director)

Mr. Walker was appointed to these positions in August 2005. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Walker served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of a number of publicly quoted and private companies in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. Earlier, he had served as Chief Executive Officer of a South African public company that was a multi-brand retailer of electrical appliances and furniture, with operations in 16 African countries and Australia. Mr. Walker is on the boards of all of the principal Singer Asia subsidiaries.


Joe Kan (Vice President, Finance)

Mr. Kan was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company in September 2010 and as Controller of Retail Holdings N.V. in November 2011. Prior to joining the Company he was the Head of Finance of Octopus Cards Limited, the developer and operator of the largest smartcard payment system in the world. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, and an MBA from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Mr. Kan is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is currently a director of Sewko AseanTrading Limited and Singer Corporation Limited.


Gelmart Gellecanao (Vice President, Risk Management)

Mr. Gellecanao was appointed as a Vice President of the Company in July 2009 and Head of Credit of the Company in January 2009. He is also responsible for the overall planning and risk management for the Internal Audit Department. He joined Singer in 1994 as an International Auditor and was responsible for the audits of various Singer companies and affiliates. He has also worked as Controller in a number of Singer locations. Prior to this, Mr. Gellecanao spent 10 years at a member firm of Ernst & Young in the Philippines. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Philippines) and a Certified Internal Auditor. He has been with the Company for over 20 years.


Asoka Pieris (Vice President, Sri Lanka)

Mr. Pieris was appointed as the Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer in July 2010. Prior to this appointment he was the Company's Chief Financial Officer and Controller of Retail Holdings N.V. Mr. Pieris also serves as Vice President of the Company and Retail Holdings N.V. He is a Director of Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC, Singer Finance (Lanka) PLC, Singer Industries (Ceylon) PLC, Regnis (Lanka) PLC and Reality Lanka Limited. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. Mr. Pieris has been with the company for over 21 years.


Boonyong Tansakul (Vice President, Thailand)

Mr. Boonyong was appointed as the Managing Director of Singer Thailand Public Company Limited in December 2009. Prior to that, he was Deputy Managing Director and Sales and Marketing Director of the same company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the King Mongkut's Institute of Technology. Mr. Boonyong has been with Singer Thailand Public Company Limited for over 15 years.


Rajeev Bajaj (Vice President, India)

Mr. Bajaj held the positions of Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Singer India Limited before he was appointed as its Chief Executive Officer in January 2012. Prior to that he was the General Manager - Commercial and Company Secretary of Brand Trading (India) Private Ltd. Mr. Bajaj is a Fellow Member of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He has completed over 25 years with Singer India Limited.


Ajith Paranavitane (Vice President, Information Services)

Mr Paranavitane has worked in the I.T. industry for nearly 30 years, starting as a software engineer in 1983. He joined Singer Sri Lanka in 1987 and was responsible for setting up the I.T. division from inception. Mr Paranavitane also spent a year in the United States working as a senior consultant for a software and engineering firm before returning to Singer Sri Lanka as Deputy Director I.T. in 2000. He was subsequently promoted to Director I.T. in 2005. He graduated from the University of Colombo of Sri Lanka in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science and from the National Institute of Business Management Sri Lanka in 1984 with a Diploma in Computer Systems Design. He also has a post-graduate Diploma in Business and Financial Administration from Institute of Chartered Accountant of Sri Lanka in association with University of Wageningen, Holland in 1997 and is a Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society, United Kingdom.


M. Mahmood Ahmed (Director & CEO, Pakistan)

Mr. M. Mahmood Ahmed was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Singer Pakistan Limited in May 2014. Mr. Ahmed is a graduate from the University of Peshawar and has worked in the Company for the last 40 years. He started his career as Shop Manager and successfully held various positions both in the field and Head Office, including Director Sales and Chief Operating Officer. He has attended General Management programs from various institutions including the National University of Singapore. He has also completed the Directors' Training Programme from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and is now a certified Director.


Patrick Choy (General Manager - Central Procurement)

Mr. Choy was appointed General Manager - Central Procurement for the Singer Asia Group in January 2012, located in the Hong Kong Corporate office. As early as 2004, Mr. Choy has been closely associated with Singer Asia, initially as Head of Singer Asia Sourcing and in 2005, as General Manager - South Asia for Global Regency Limited, providing sourcing services for Singer Asia. He provides procurement and sourcing services focusing primarily on the China based factories. Mr. Choy has more than 25 years management experience in procurement & sourcing, marketing & sales, and retail operation with reputable multinational corporations, namely Inchcape, Li & Fung, Thomson, Bang & Olufsen, and Sennheiser.


Dhammika N. Guruge (Assistant Vice President, Business Development)

Mr. Guruge joined Singer Sri Lanka in 2009 as the Singer Mega Channel Manager and in early 2010 he also took charge of the Singer Homes channel. Prior to joining Singer, Dhammika held senior positions at Sri Lanka's largest supermarket retailer, Cargills (Ceylon) Plc. Mr. Guruge is holding an MBA in Marketing from the University of Leicester, UK. He also has a number of academic qualifications in Marketing, Human Resources, Finance & Banking and Entrepreneurial Business Management (University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka). In 2012, Mr. Guruge was awarded 'Best Executive of the Year' at the Singer Sri Lanka Management Conference and has also been nominated for the Presidents Club award in 2013.