Board Room at Company Headquarters

The Board of Directors of the Company consists of 8 members, including two Independent Directors. Brief descriptions of each Board member are set out below.

Mr. J.B.L. de Silva (LL.B., Attorney-at-law)


A lawyer by profession, Mr. de Silva has substantial experience in the corporate world. He has held the office of Chairman of the Company since 1983 and has served on the Boards of quite a few prominent Public and Private Companies. He presently serves as a Director of CT Holding PLC & Associated Electrical Corporation Ltd.

Mr. H.J. de Silva (B.Sc.)

Deputy Chairman

Having completed his Bachelors’ Degree in the US and working at a MAS Holdings company for three years, he is the first of the 3rd generation of the founding family on the Board. Mr. de Silva is predominantly engaged in the trading of Coconut products and Spices for the Company, and is the Chairman of the Exporters Association of Sri Lanka.

Mr. C.S.L. de Silva (B.Econ., M.Com.)

Managing Director

After completing his Bachelors’ Degree in the fields of Econometrics and Marketing at the University of Sydney, Mr. de Silva completed a Masters Degree specialising in Finance at the same institution. Thereafter, he worked for three years in the Strategy and Analytics team of a Fortune 500 Company before joining Eastern Merchants. He is the second of the 3rd generation of the founding family to join the Company.

Mr. S. Jayakody (B.Com.Spl., FCA, FCMA)

Director – Finance

Mr. Jayakody joined the Company in 1993 as an Accountant after having completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Now a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lankan, he was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1999 and is also currently the Company Secretary.

Mr. N.K.L. Tilakaratna (B.Sc., C.Eng., MBA., M.I. Mech.E., M.I.E.)

Non-executive Director

An engineer by profession, Mr. Tilakaratna heads Asia Brush (Pvt) Ltd. and Asia Woodware Company (Pvt) Ltd., both subsidiaries of Eastern Merchants.

Mrs. C.I. Tilakaratna ( B.A. (Hons.), M.A.)

Non-executive Director

The daughter of one of the founders of the Company, she has served on the Board as a Non-executive Director since 1989.

Mr. F. Mushin (MBA)

Independent Director

Mr. Mushin is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Greenfield Bio Plantations (Pvt) Ltd. He has over 37 years of experience in the fields of Trading, Importing and Exporting. In his previous role, Mr. Mushin was employed at Link Natural Products (Pvt) Ltd., where he held the position of Director – Exports and Business Development for over a decade. He has been heavily involved in numerous industry bodies during his career, most notably being appointed as Chairman of the Exporters Association of Sri Lanka (EASL) in 2015/2016, and the Vice Chairman of the Spice Council in 2007/2008.

Mr. R. Pradeep (B.Sc, M.A)

Independent Director

He is at present the Chief Executive Officer of St. Anthony’s Knowledge Services (Pvt) Ltd. Having started his career at MAS Holdings, Mr. Pradeep was appointed the Chief Executive Officer – Special Projects at Esna Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. in 2009, where he also served on the Boards of several subsidiaries in the Group. Esna Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. is a diversified conglomerate with interest in Finance, Logistics, Bunkering, Power Solutions, Medical Products, Graphite Mining, Agriculture Exports and Coir Manufacturing.