Annual Report 2019/20

Munir Shaikh


Mr Munir Shaikh is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sunshine Holdings PLC. He is also Chairman of The Board of Directors of Abbott India Ltd and Abbott Pakistan Ltd. All these companies are publicly listed with their shares quoted on the Colombo, Mumbai, and Karachi Stock Exchanges respectively. Mr Shaikh has held several Senior Management positions in Latin America, United States, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific with Abbott, a global healthcare corporation, headquartered near Chicago in the United States. He was Managing Director of Abbott Pakistan based in Karachi, Regional Manager Caribbean and the West Indies based in Puerto Rico, Director of Business Development based in Chicago, Vice-President Middle East and Africa based in Dubai and Vice-President Asia Pacific based in Singapore. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Amal Cabraal


Amal Cabraal is a Director of Sunshine Holdings PLC since 2017. He was appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the Company with effect from 13 February 2020.

Amal Cabraal is presently the Chairman of Ceylon Beverage Holdings PLC, Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC, CIC Feeds Group and Silvermill Investment Holdings (Private) Ltd. He is a former Chairman and CEO of Unilever Sri Lanka and has over four decades of business experience in general management, marketing and sales in Sri Lanka and overseas. He is also a Non-Executive Director of John Keells Holdings, Hatton National Bank and an advisor to a number of leading companies. He is a committee member of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Management Committee of the Mercantile Services Provident Society. A Marketer by profession and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing-UK, he holds an MBA from the University of Colombo and is an executive education alumnus of INSEAD-France.

G Sathasivam


Mr G Sathasivam began his career in the pharmaceutical sector. Over the 50 years of success and innovation, he established Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Limited (SHL) into a leader in Sri Lanka’s pharmaceutical industry. Not content to rest on his laurels, he drove the Group’s diversification into unchartered territories – moulding Sunshine Holdings into the pride of the nation. His business acumen has been recognised both in Sri Lanka and abroad. He is the Founder of Sunshine Holdings PLC.

V Govindasamy

Group Managing Director

Mr V Govindasamy pioneered the Group’s diversification from largely an Agri based company into newer, but key economic sectors such as Consumer Goods, Renewable Energy, Dairy and Retail. Mr V Govindasamy, spearheaded the House of TATA investing in Telecommunications in Sri Lanka. In recognition of his efforts, the House of TATA has nominated him to several boards of their companies in Sri Lanka.

His international experience coupled with his innate managerial capability and innovative qualities enabled him to transform the plantation business, achieving perceptible improvement in quality, production standards and penetration into new markets. Under his managerial direction, the Company established several new brands and consolidated and expanded its share in both domestic and international markets.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Hartford, USA. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers of Sri Lanka. Mr Govindasamy is the Vice-Chairman of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Vice-Chairman of the Employers Federation of Ceylon.

A D B Talwatte


Mr A D B Talwatte is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the UK, has served as the Country Managing Partner of Ernst & Young for over a decade. Besides his distinguished career of more than 37 years in Assurance, Business Risk and Advisory Services, Talwatte has served as the head of numerous leading industry bodies and has been closely associated with the development of corporate governance in Sri Lanka.

A former President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) (in 2002/03) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (in 1995/96), he now functions as the Chairman of Management Systems (Pvt) Limited (MSL) and also the Chairman of Integrated Reporting Council of Sri Lanka.

S G Sathasivam


Mr S G Sathasivam is the Managing Director of Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Limited (SHL), Healthguard Pharmacy Limited and Watawala Tea Ceylon Limited. He graduated from The London School of Economics & Political Science, UK and holds a Masters’s in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management, USA.

H D Abeywickrama


Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) Harsha Duminda Abeywickrama is a graduate of the Air Command & Staff College at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, USA and the Royal College of Defence Studies, London UK. He holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from King’s College, the University of London and a Master of Science degree in Management from the Kotalawela Defence University, Sri Lanka.

Sanjeev Shishoo


Mr Sanjeev Shishoo is a qualified healthcare management professional holding a B Pharma, M Pharma and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management – Calcutta, a leading business school in India.

He was the Corporate Vice-President, Global Shared Services, at Novo Nordisk a global healthcare company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employees approximately 41,700 people in 77 countries and markets its products in more than 165 countries.

He has previously been the Vice-President, Business Area Oceania & South East Asia, based in Kuala Lumpur, Vice-President, Regional Officer Far East based in Bangalore and Vice-President of the Regional Office in India.

Mr Sanjeev Shihoo has a track record of creating high performing teams that deliver ambitious targets and is skilled in marketing strategy and implementation. Building healthcare brands has been his passion and was responsible for making Novo Nordisk’s insulin, Mixtard, the number 1 Pharma brand in India.

Y Kitao


Mr Y Kitao is the Representative Director, President and CEO of SBI Holdings, Inc., which was previously the finance arm of SoftBank Corp. and established in July 1999. Mr Kitao began his career at Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., where he was mainly engaged in the investment banking business. He joined SoftBank Corp. in 1995 as Executive Vice-President and CFO and was then appointed CEO of the Softbank Finance group companies. Mr Kitao graduated from Keio University with Degree in Economics in 1974 and received an Economics Degree from Cambridge University (England) in 1978.

Shalini Ratwatte


Ms Shalini Ratwatte is a qualified legal professional, with over 25 years of extensive experience in coalition building, policy development, strategic planning, programme implementation and legal action at regional, state, and local levels. She has skilfully organised and led policy initiatives on Emerging Technology, Cyber Security and Data Privacy, Intellectual Property Rights and Environment protection across counties.

Shiran Dias

Alternate Director

Shiran Dias is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard University MA as well as the Boston University having completed post graduate degrees in both institutes. His professional career boasts stints at Nomura Securities Japan, Merrill Lynch Japan, Union Bank of Switzerland, Barclays Bank PLC as well as JP Morgan Securities Japan. He is currently the Executive Officer for Global Advisory for SBI Securities Co. Ltd. Japan.