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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.


Jagath Dissanayake (Vice President, Finance)

Mr. Dissanayake was appointed as the Vice President of the Company on 1st March 2016 and as Controller of Retail Holdings N.V. in September 2016. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He has over thirty years of managerial experience in accounting and financial management. He has held several key managerial positions in several listed and group companies in Sri Lanka as well as internationally. Mr. Dissanayake also serves as a director of a number of subsidiaries.


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

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 22 years.


Mohamed Haniffa Mohamed Fairoz (Vice President, Bangladesh)

Joined the Board of Singer Bangladesh Limited on September 6, 2016. Prior to this appointment Mr. Fairoz served as the Marketing Director of Singer Bangladesh Limited. Mr. Fairoz began his career in marketing nearly 25 years ago with Richard Pieris Group a leading conglomerate in Sri Lanka initially in their FMCG division. In 1997 he moved on their Furniture Division before joining Singer (Sri Lanka) in 2001. Held various positions during the 15 year tenure of exceptional growth of the firm and was Head of the Electronics and Furniture SBU’s before joining the Bangladesh operations. Mr. Fairoz is also a Director of International Appliances Limited (IAL). He holds Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing (MCIM-UK) from The Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK along with an Accountancy qualification from Certified Management Accountants (CMA), Australia. In addition has also completed numerous Management Programs including courses at National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore and Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad, India.


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.


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.