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 Operating Officer – Marketing & Supply Chain

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.


Upul Nallaperuma

Chief Operating Officer - 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.



Group Chief Financial Officer – Teejay Group

Renuja holds over 13 years of professional experience in the field of Finance. Embarking her career at Brandix Lanka Limited Renuja continued to take up different positions in finance including corporate treasury, business transformation & operational finance.

She has also headed the finance function in Axiata Digital Labs. Renuja held the position as General Manager – Finance at Teejay India Private Limited prior to being appointed as the Teejay Group Chief Financial Officer.

Renuja holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) & she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Colombo specializing in Finance. She is a passed finalist of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (United Kingdom). Renuja is a past pupil of St. Bridget’s Convent, Colombo 07.


Janaka Nanayakkara

Senior 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

Senior 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

Senior General Manager – IT & Enterprise ERP Solutions

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). 


Prasanna Bandara

Senior General Manager – Marketing

Mr. Prasanna Bandara has over 18 years work experience in the fields of Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Operations Planning and Production control, Production management, Engineering, and customer services of which 14 years in apparel and textile industry. He started his career at MAS Holdings and continued to take up positions as head of North Sails Sri Lanka Operations and Head of operations at Brandix Textiles Limited.

Currently he is responsible for Group supply chain and Marketing (Calzedonia Business) functions of Teejay Group. This includes Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Relations and Sales & Marketing while maintaining Customer Relations with the Calzedonia Group. He is also involved in crucial strategic leadership activities such as Long-Range Planning, Implementation of sales and operations planning process (S&OP) and setting up the overall marketing blueprint for Calzedonia business growth.

He is an Engineer by profession also holds two Masters Degrees as Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from University of Moratuwa and Masters in Business Administration from University of Wolverhampton, UK. He possesses BSc Engineering in Chemical and Process Engineering with a Second- Class Honors Division from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He is further trained in Lean Manufacturing, Center for Creative Leadership, Cleaner Production Auditor’s program and various other technical trainings in relation to textile technologies in USA and EU.


Rodney De Rafayal

Senior General Manager - Merchandising and Planning

Mr. Rafayal has been working in the apparel sector covering Textiles & Elastics for more than 17 years handling senior positions across Sales & Marketing / Merchandising roles. He carries experience of handling customers covering in synthetic Warp knit & Woven fabric manufacturing mills and adds value to our customers. He joined Teejay in 2017 and is responsible for overlooking the main brands such as LB, Decathlon, Lidl & Uniqlo business. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management double majored in Management & Marketing (Aus).


Sampath Kumarage

Senior General Manager - Teejay Lanka Operations

Sampath has total work experience of over 27 years in textile industry of which he has spent over 19 years in managerial positions. He is responsible for the entire production functions in Teejay lanka, prior to joining the company he was a Deputy General manager at Hayley’s Fabric PLC. He holds the National Diploma (NDT) in Textile and Clothing Technology from University of Moratuwa and Bachelor of Physical Science (BSc) – University of Ruhuna. He also holds the Master of Business Administration (MBA) University of Bedfordshire UK and further is trained in 3TP Senior Leaders Program in Indian (Institute of Management Ahmedabad India) and has exposure from more than 15 countries in textile processing and application.


Manjula Thushara

General Manager - Risk & Control

Mr. Thushara heads the Risk and Control Function of Teejay Group. He is a qualified finance professional with over 16 years of experience in the apparel and textile manufacturing industries. He has completed 11 years at Teejay. During his tenure at Teejay, he had the opportunity to successfully expand his horizon cross functionally as a Finance Manager, Senior Manager Finance and Commercial and he was promoted as the Head of Group Risk and Control.

His diverse skill set, risk, and assurance exposure from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he started his carrier and technical competencies acquired throughout the years contribute immensely to the current role he serves.

Mr. Thushara has a degree in Business Administration (Business Economics) at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Sri Lanka) and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). He also holds a MBA from the University of Southern Queensland Australia.

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