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Priyantha Talwatte, appointed CEO, NTB

Nations Trust Bank announced that Priyantha Talwatte has taken over the reins as Chief Executive Officer, succeeding former Director/Chief Executive Officer, Renuka Fernando. Talwatte was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer and named Chief Executive Officer designate in January 2019.

With over 27 years of professional experience in diverse sectors, Priyantha Talwatte energised the consumer banking business at Nations Trust Bank as a transformative business leader. In a time of industry wide change, he was a leading proponent of digital banking and the digitization of operations for optimal customer convenience, establishing and strengthening the banks direct banking and digital channels.

 Commenting on the appointment of the CEO, Gihan Cooray, Chairman of the Board at Nations Trust Bank stated, “The Board has every confidence that Talwatte will lead the Bank towards achieving its goals.”

Talwatte proved his mettle by contracting and launching the American Express franchise in Sri Lanka implementing best in class work process and practices internally and externally to become the leading credit card issuer and acquirer in the local market.

Speaking on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Priyantha Talwatte said, “I have to thank my predecessor, Renuka Fernando, whose 8 years at the helm propelled the Bank forward, positioning it on a strong platform to pursue future growth.

I am determined to continue my work in transforming Nations Trust Bank to its best self to stay ahead in a fast-changing world.”

The leadership displayed in developing a sales, service and business development culture driven by data analytics for risk management and decision making by Mr. Talwatte reshaped the bank’s operations.

He transformed Nations Trust Bank’s branch network into a vehicle for all products and propositions of the bank and is also credited with the development of a unique portfolio-based customer management process, serving a majority of high value customers in the Sri Lankan market through one on one relationship management.

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