Having joined CDB in early 2001, Mahesh Nanayakkara was appointed CEO in 2004 and to the Board in 2005. Todate, he counts thirty years’ experience in banking and financial services. He holds a BSc in Business Administration and an MBA in Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management, both from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK and has attended Executive Development Programmes at Harvard Business School (HBS) in Boston, USA . Mahesh also functions as the Chairman of Unisons Capital Leasing Limited, a specialised leasing subsidiary of CDB. He successfully spearheaded a dynamic team of young professionals who were instrumental in transforming CDB from a negative net worth Company to the dynamic entity it is today. He was instrumental in setting up an Employee Share Ownership Plan (ES OP) for CDB when the Net Assets of the Company stood at almost zero, prompting benefits to over 200 team members across the Organisation. Firmly believing in inclusive economic development,
his vision is to moot a development model for Sri Lanka based on a Social Market Economy and an asset owning growing middle class. Possessing an anti-corporate raider mindset, he firmly advocates life long career commitments in his management teams, pushing their passions and optimising capability to build corporates that have a participation of equity, which he believes is a sustainable wealth creation process and a strategy to found an eco-system that transforms brain drain to brain gain. These ideologies are well exampled by eleven senior team members of CDB being among the top 20 shareholders of the Company, which may also be the only such instance of a corporate listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange has its employees
among top shareholders. Mahesh was instrumental in establishing the Autism Trust Fund, a collaboration between CDB and the Sri Lanka Association for Child Development (SLACD) which focuses on the early detection and intervention of autism in Sri Lanka.