Leadership Team
Pubudu De Silva

Group Chief Executive Officer

Mr. De Silva has over 30 Years’ experience in the Apparel and Textile Industry of which 19 years is directly in manufacturing experience in the textile industry. Prior to joining Teejay, he was the Head of Planning at Slimline - Pannala. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from University of Lincoln (UK), Masters in Manufacturing Management from the University of Colombo and a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Colombo.

He was further trained in Six Sigma Black Belt at the National Institute of the Business Management Sri Lanka and Leadership Development Program (LDP®) at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Singapore. Mr. De Silva was recently appointed as the Chairman of Fabric and Apparel Accessory Manufacturing Association (FAAMA), The apex body for Fabrics and Textile Industry in Sri Lanka.

Sanjaya Basnayake

Chief Operating Officer - Production & Engineering

Mr. Basnayake has total work experience of over 26 years in the industry of which he has spent over 17 years in managerial positions. He is responsible for the entire production functions of the Group including R&D, Engineering and CHP operation. Prior to joining the Company, he was a Senior Executive at Hayleys MGT Textiles PLC. He has an NDT in Textile & Clothing Technology from the University of Moratuwa, a Diploma in Management from Open University of Sri Lanka, and is a Chartered Member of the Textile Institute International, United Kingdom. 

He is a Six Sigma Black Belt holder at the United Tractor and Equipment Ltd in Sri Lanka and member of Leadership Development Program (LDP®) at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Singapore. He has expertise in technology of dyeing, finishing and knitting and implementation of cost reduction projects. He is a gold medal award winner from the Textile Institute (UK).  



Salman Nishtar

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Nishtar holds over 14 years of professional experience in the field of Finance. Following the launch of his career at Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants, Sri Lanka, Mr. Nishtar continued to take up position as Chief Financial Officer at American & Efird Bangladesh and Teejay Lanka PLC. His current role at Teejay Group includes leadership and key responsibilities in the fields of Finance, Information Technology and Commercial Functions. 

As an Executive Committee Member his responsibilities include Annual Strategic Planning, Long Range Planning, Investor Relations and Administration of the Group. He is an Associate Member of Chartered Management Accountants (United Kingdom), Institute of Chartered Accountants (Sri Lanka) and Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). He is an old boy of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia.


Zu Hua Jeff

Senior General Manager - Dyeing and Finishing

Mr. Jeff has a total work experience of over 29 years in the industry of which he has spent 21 years in managerial positions. Prior to joining the Company Mr. Jeff was a Factory Manager at Ocean Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Pacific (Panyu) Textiles Limited, China.


Chanaka Nanayakkara

Senior General Manager (Group) Business Development, Innovation, Branding, Communication & CSR

Mr. Nanayakkara has a total of 25 years of experience in the industry. He has spent 10 years in managerial positions and joined Teejay in 2018 and is responsible for overseeing Sales, Marketing and Business Development for the Teejay Group.

He is a Chartered Marketer (CIM-UK) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Post Graduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He is a Professional Member of The Canadian Institute of Marketing.


Janaka Nanayakkara

General Manager - Human Resources

Mr Nanayakkara heads the Human Resources team at Teejay and holds the designation of General Manager - Human Resources.  At Teejay, the functions of Executive HR, Works HR, Compliance, HES, and Admin are core responsibilities of GM HR. He joined Teejay in April 2017 on retirement from the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) after 29 years of distinguished service. He held the rank of Air Commodore at the time of retirement from the SLAF. He possesses National Diploma in HR from IPM (SL) and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.

He is an old boy of S Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia. 


Samadhi Weerakoon

General Manager - European Brands, Corporate Communication & CSR

Mrs. Weerakoon is responsible for Managing Sales and Marketing function for Strategic European customers of Intimissimi and M&S and responsible for Corporate Communications and CSR for the overall Group. She was the former Business Development manager at Teejay Lanka PLC.  She has been in Merchandising and Business Development at Teejay for 17 years. Before joining Teejay she was working in the advertising field based at Bates Strategic Alliance.  She holds a BSc Degree in Marketing from University of Jayawardhanapura and an MBA from Australian Institute of Business. 


Hemantha Mannapperuma

General Manager - Group Internal Audit

Mr. Mannapperuma is responsible for Internal Audit function of the Teejay Group. He also facilitates the Corporate Governance and Enterprise Risk Management Processes, and contributes to general business management processes of the organization as a member of the leadership team.

He has spent over 7 years in Textile Industry as an employee of Teejay. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Mannapperuma had held Senior Managerial positions in Cooperative Insurance Company where he held the post of ICT Manager and managerial positions in Ceylon Tobacco Company where he performed many roles such as Internal Auditor, Master Scheduler, ICT Business Area Manager, Business Excellence Consultant, MRP Program Manager, ERP and Supply Chain Consultant and Business Excellence Delivery Manager during a stint of 12 years. 

He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Statistics and Computer Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Economics from University of Colombo, a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura. He is also a qualified Management Accountant (ACMA, CGMA). 


Pamoda Kariyawasam

Senior General Manager - Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain

Mr. Kariyawasam has over 15 years work experience in the fields of Finance, Supply Chain, Planning and Marketing of which 12 years in apparel/textile industry. He started his career at Unilever Sri Lanka Limited and continued to take up position as Deputy General Manager - Finance at Teejay India Private Limited. Currently he is responsible for the overall Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain functions of Teejay Group. This includes Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing Supplier Relations and maintaining Customer Relations with the key strategic customers of the Group. 

He is also involved in crucial strategic leadership activities such as Long-Range Planning and Setting up the overall marketing blueprint for the Group. He is a Chartered Management Accountant also holds a Special Degree in Business Administration with a Second- Class Honors (Upper Division) from the University of Colombo. He is further trained in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt by the Caterpillar Inc. U.S.A and Leadership Development Program (LDP®) at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Singapore.


Upul Nallaperuma

General Manager - Teejay India Operations

Mr. Nallaperuma is responsible for overall operations at Teejay India Private Limited since 2013. He joined Teejay (Teejay Lanka) in the year 2002 and counts experienced over 17 years. 

He holds a BSc Engineering from University of Moratuwa and Masters in Manufacturing Management from University of Colombo.


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