Board of Directors

Mr. Govindasamy Sathasivam – Director

Mr. G. Sathasivam began his career in the pharmaceutical sector. Over the 48 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 uncharted territories – moulding Sunshine Holdings into the pride of the nation.

Mr. Sathasivam’s business acumen is recognized both in Sri Lanka and abroad. A testimony to the vote of confidence in his abilities is his close relationship with the TATA Group – an Indian and global corporate giant involved in a multitude of sectors. With confidence in the good stewardship of Mr. Sathasivam, the TATA Group initially joined hands with Sunshine Holdings to acquire a single regional plantation company in Sri Lanka. The fact that the TATA Group has subsequently moved into launching several joint ventures with Sunshine Holdings further underscores the recognition given to the management of Sunshine Holdings and the emphatic faith in its Founder.

Mr. S. A. Munir – Chairman

Mr. Munir Shaikh was the Managing Director of Abbott Pakistan from 1970 to 1977. He was the Regional Manager Caribbean and West Indies for Abbott based in Puerto Rico from 1977 to end 2008 and posted to Abbott’s headquarters in Chicago as Director Business Development from 1978 to 1982. He was the Regional Director for Pacific and Far East, based in Chicago, from 1983 to 1988 and then promoted as the Vice President Asia Pacific and Africa based in Singapore. Mr. Munir Shaikh is now retired from Abbott, a major healthcare company after 40 years of service but continues as the Chairman of the Board of Abbott India and Pakistan.

Mr. V. Govindasamy – Group Managing Director

Mr. V. Govindasamy pioneered the Group’s diversification into newer but key economic sectors such as renewable energy, telecommunications and FMCG. In recognition of his achievements, the TATA Group invited Mr. V. Govindasamy to sit on several key committees in the House of TATA – a truly rare honour for a person in the corporate sector globally.

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. H. D. Abeywickrama – Director

The board approved the appointment of Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Harsha Duminda Abeywickrama to the board of Sunshine Holdings PLC (the Company) with effect from 30th June 2014.

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 Defense 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 Kotalawala Defense University, Sri Lanka.

Mr. S. G. Sathasivam – Director

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

Mr. A. Talwatte – Director

Mr. Asite Talwatte has been appointed to the board of Sunshine Holdings PLC as an Independent non-executive director with effect from 30th May 2016. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) 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 (ICASL) (in 2002/2003) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (in 1995/96), he now functions as the Chairman of Management Systems (Pvt) Limited (MSL) also chairs the Committee reviewing the applicability of Integrated Reporting in Sri Lanka and the Committee reviewing the Corporate Governance Code.

Mr. Amal Cabraal – Director

  • Former Chairman and CEO of Unilever Sri Lanka – Tenure 2006 – 2013
  • Over 3 decades of business experience in general management, marketing and sales.
  • Served in senior positions, including Marketing Direction and Chairman of Unilever Sri Lanka, Sakes and Marketing Director at Unilever Bangladesh and in Sales Management at Unilever India.
  • Serves as an independent non-executive Director of:
    • John Keels Holding PLC
    • Hatton National Bank PLC
    • Ceylon Beverages Holding PLC
    • Lion Brewery (Ceylon) PLC
    • CIC Feeds (Pvt) Ltd. Group of Companies – Chairman
    • Silvermill Investment Holdings (Pvt) Ltd.
    • Supervisory Board of Associated Motorways (Pvt) Ltd
  • Business advisor to Fonterra Brands (Pvt) Ltd. and Link Natural Products (Pvt) Ltd.
  • Member of Monetary Policy Consultive Committee of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka
  • Committee member of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Management Committee of the Mercantile Services Provident Society
  • Alumnus of INSEAD-France – executive education
  • MBA from the University of Colombo
  • Chartered Marketer and a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Marketing – UK

Mr. S. Shishoo – Director

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

Mr. Sanjeev Shihoo 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 & 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.


Ms. Shalini Ratwatte – Director

A qualified legal professional, Ms. Shalini Ratwatte counts over 25 years of experience in coalition building, policy development, strategic planning, program implementation and legal action at regional, state, and local levels. During her career, she has organized and led policy initiatives on emerging technology, cybersecurity and data privacy, intellectual property rights and environmental protection across various countries. Ms. Shalini holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Colombo and is an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka. She was the Country Representative for the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in Sri Lanka for six years before taking on her role at Microsoft in 2013 as Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs, South East Asia New Markets from which she recently retired.. She also counts over 10 years of experience in the capital markets industry. Ms. Ratwatte’s real passion though is wildlife and conservation and she has been responsible for initiating and instructing landmark cases on sand mining, sound pollution and post Tsunami encroachment as the Head of the Legal Department at the Environmental Foundation of Sri Lanka.

Mr. Y. Kitao – Director

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 of companies. Mr Kitao graduated from Keio University with a Degree in Economics in 1974 and received a Degree in Economics from Cambridge University (England) in 1978.

Mr. Shiran Dias – Alternate Director

Mr Shiran Dias is an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard University MA as well as the Boston University having completed postgraduate Degrees in both institutes. His professional career includes 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.