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Vision, Mission & Corporate Values

Vision

To be a leading Sri Lankan conglomerate excelling through sunrise and sunshine industries with a global presence and cutting edge technology

Mission

With generations of trust and reliability, our aim is to continuously enhance the value propositions to our stakeholders through innovative and customer-centric solutions

Board of Directors

Ishara Nanayakkara

Executive Chairman

Ishara Nanayakkara is a prominent entrepreneur serving on the Boards of many corporates and conglomerates in the region. He initially ventured into the arena of financial services with a strategic investment in Lanka ORIX Leasing Company PLC and was appointed to the Board in 2002. Today, he is the Chairman of Browns Group, holding directorships in many of its subsidiaries and associate companies. His vision to cater to the entire value chain of the finance sector manifested in the development of microfinance, Islamic finance, factoring through LOLC Factors, LOLC Life & General Insurance Companies and stock broking through LOLC Securities Ltd. Leveraging LOLC Group’s expertise in the SME sector, the expansion into the micro sector was spearheaded by Mr. Nanayakkara, through LOLC Micro Credit Ltd, and BRAC Lanka Finance PLC. This interest in microfinance led to the growth of LOLC Group’s international footprint, starting with an investment in PRASAC, the largest microfinance company in Cambodia, followed by the inauguration of LOLC Myanmar Microfinance Company Ltd, a green field investment in Myanmar in which he was the founding Chairman, as well as his strategic involvement in LOLC Cambodia Ltd; the 5th largest microfinance company in Cambodia. Building upon his forte in microfinance, LOLC Group has further expanded its offshore portfolio with Mr. Nanayakkara serving as a Director of Pak Oman Microfinance Bank Limited, a joint venture based in Pakistan between the governments of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Sultanate of Oman. Mr. Nanayakkara’s motivation to expand into various growth peripheries is further illustrated through his role as the Executive Chairman of Browns Investments PLC. Through various strategic investments, he is committed to catalysing development in the growth sectors of the Sri Lankan economy. Endorsing his entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Nanayakkara received the prestigious ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award at the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) in 2012. He holds a diploma in Business Accounting from Australia.

Other key appointments: Deputy Chairman – Lanka Orix Leasing Company PLC & Seylan Bank PLC, Executive Chairman - Browns Investments PLC, Chairman - LOLC Life Assurance Ltd, BRAC Lanka Finance PLC, Director - Associated Battery Manufacturers (Cey) Ltd, Sierra Construction Ltd, PRASAC, the largest microfinance company in Cambodia, LOLC Myanmar Microfinance Co. Ltd, Pak Oman MFB, LOLC Holdings (Pvt) Ltd, LOLC Asia (Pvt) Ltd, LOLC International Private Limited and LOLC Private Limited.

Kapila Jayawardena

Non-Executive Director

Kapila Jayawardena joined LOLC in the year 2007 as the Group Managing Director/CEO. He holds an MBA in Financial Management and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Bankers and an Associate member of the Institute of Cost and Executive Accountants, London. He has varied experience in the fields of Investment banking, banking operations, audit, relationship management, corporate finance, corporate banking and treasury management. Mr. Jayawardena served as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Banks’ Association (SLBA) in 2003/04 and as the Country Head and the CEO (Sri Lanka and Maldives) of Citibank NA from 1998 to 2007. He has also served as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka in 2006/2007 and was appointed to the Financial Sector Reforms Committee (FSRC) and was a member of the National Council of Economic Development (NCED). He was also a Board Member of the United States - Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission.

Other key appointments: Chairman – Browns Capital PLC, Palm Garden Hotels PLC, Eden Hotel Lanka PLC, LOLC General Insurance Ltd, LOLC Securities Ltd. Director - Browns Investments PLC, Seylan Bank PLC, BRAC Lanka Finance PLC, Riverina Resorts (Pvt) Ltd, LOLC International (Pvt) Ltd and other subsidiaries of the LOLC Group.

Kalsha Amarasinghe

Non- Executive Director

Kalsha Amarasinghe holds an Honours Degree in Economics and has an outstanding vision for investments. She serves on the Boards of subsidiaries of Browns Group of Companies and Lanka ORIX Leasing Company PLC.

Other key appointments: Executive Director - Lanka ORIX Leasing Company PLC, LOLC Finance PLC, LOLC Life Assurance Limited, Palm Garden Hotels PLC, Riverina Resorts (Pvt) Ltd, Eden Hotel Lanka PLC, Browns Investments PLC, Browns Capital PLC, Green Paradise (Pvt) Ltd, Sun & Fun Resorts Ltd and Browns Holdings Ltd.

Tissa Bandaranayake

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tissa Bandaranayake is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and he holds a B.Sc. Degree from the University of Ceylon. He has more than 45 years of commercial and professional experience. He was with Ernst & Young, Sri Lanka for 27 years until retirement as a Senior Partner in April 2009, managing a large portfolio of clients both local and multinational, in various industries.

Mr. Bandaranayake was a Past Chairman of the Audit Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and a Past President of the Practicing Chartered Accountants Forum. He is also the Vice President of the National Stroke Association of Sri Lanka, a member of the Rotary International Finance Committee 2013-2016 and the Rotary International District Governor for Sri Lanka in 1999-2000. Mr. Bandaranayake has held many senior posts in the private sector as well.

Other key appointments: Chairman - the Quality Assurance Board of Sri Lanka, Independent Non- Executive, Director - Nawaloka Hospitals PLC, Laugfs Gas PLC, Samson International PLC, Overseas Realty (Ceylon) PLC, Renuka Holdings PLC, Renuka Foods PLC, Harischandra Mills PLC and Micro Holdings (Pte) Ltd. Consultant - Board of Noritake Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.

Janaka De Silva

Independent Non-Executive Director

Janaka de Silva holds a B.Sc., (Ceylon) and an M.B.A. (Sri Jayawardenapura). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka. Mr. de Silva was a Senior Accountant of the State Engineering Corporation during 1970 to 1972 and was the Finance Manager at Building Material Corporation during 1972 to 1973. He also served as a Lecturer/Accountant at Indeco Ltd, Lusaka, Zambia from 1973 -1976. In 1976, Mr. de Silva joined Bank of Ceylon as the Assistant General Manager/Controller and was elevated to the position of Corporate Advisor and set up the IT function which was the largest IT facility in the country by the end of 1985. He introduced computerised banking with central processing and multipoint access to Sri Lanka. He was the head of the Audit function, conducting the internal audits of over 200 branch offices throughout the country. Further, he introduced new techniques such as statistical sampling. He was also a member of the Steering Committee created to set up the Automated Clearing House of Sri Lanka. In 1987, Mr. de Silva joined Sampath Bank and was the founder General Manager/CEO. He made the bank the most technologically advanced financial institution with all branches connected online for the first time in Sri Lanka. He was the first to introduce credit cards with a major international franchise and a multipoint ATM network. He pioneered many new innovations such as extended banking hours, interest on daily balance on Savings Accounts, and the use of UV lights for signature verification.

During 1992 to 1995, he served as the Director - Operations of American Express Bank, Colombo and was responsible for all operational activities and functioned as the Quality Coordinator of the Colombo Office. Mr. de Silva joined the Union Bank of Colombo Ltd as the General Manager/Chief Operations Officer and designed and implemented the information systems topology, pioneered web presence and internet banking amongst indigenous banks. Under his direction the Bank obtained ISO 9002 Quality Certification and became the first bank in Sri Lanka to connect ATMs to a major international network and Mr. de Silva was appointed Managing Director/CEO in 2002. He served as a Consultant to the National Development Bank during the period of 2003 - 2007 and advised the Bank on the integration of financial and accounting systems during the merger of National Development Bank with NDB Bank.

Management Team

We have attracted the best and the brightest talent towards building a strong team that reflects the diversity of the customers we serve.


Danesh Abeyrathna
Group Chief Operating Officer
Thamotharampillai Sanakan
Group Chief Financial Officer
C. N. Rathakrishnan
Chief Process Officer
Paduma Subasasinghe
Senior Vice President - Group Human Resources
Kennedy Joseph
Senior Vice President - Power Systems, Environmental Engineering & Heavy Machinery
Gunendra Jayasena
Chief Administration Officer - LOLC Group
Conrad Dias
Group Chief Information Officer - LOLC Group
Sanjaya Kalidasa
Group Treasurer
Susaan Bandara
Chief Officer - Marketing & Communications - LOLC Group
Wasantha Batagoda
Deputy General Manager - Legal
Jeremy Rajiah
General Manager - Plantation Support Services
Anoj Munidasa
Director / GM - Browns Thermal Engineering (Pvt) Ltd
Mangala Wijesinghe
General Manager - Veterinary Pharmaceuticals, Deputy Chairman - Browns Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Indika Gunawardhana
Chief Executive Officer - Browns Agri Solutions (Pvt) Ltd
Nalin Jayawardena
General Manager - Browns Deals
Manoj Hadapangoda
General Manager - Power Systems
Ajith De Silva
General Manager - Battery
Sanjaya Nissanka
General Manager - Agriculture
Piyal Pathirana
Deputy General Manager - General Trading
Niyas Ahamed
Deputy General Manager - Agriculture
Raveendrini Seneviratne
Company Secretary
Manjula Premarathna
Assistant General Manager - Marine & Leisure
Asanga Pieris
Assistant General Manager - Browns Thermal Engineering (Pvt) Ltd
Charitha Jayasinghe
Chief Operating Officer - Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd and Browns Healthcare North Colombo (Pvt) Ltd
Dr. Upul Illangasinghe
Director - Medical Services - Browns Healthcare (Pvt) Ltd and Browns Healthcare North Colombo (Pvt) Ltd
K. L. Perera
Consultant - Boilers
Gayani Gunasinghe
Assistant General Manager - Business Process Division
Sudharman Wijayasiri
Assistant General Manager - Group Finance
Ramesh Wickramasinghe
Assistant General Manager - Heavy Machinery Division
Dushan De Silva
Assistant General Manager - Marketing & Communications
Tharanga Nanayakkara
Assistant General Manager - Administration
Bandara Kapukotuwa
Assistant General Manager - Agriculture
Rochelle Jayasinghe
Chief Manager - Enterprise Risk Management
Lahiru Karunaratne
Chief Manager - Group IT

History

  1. Brown and Company

    1875

    Brown and Company was incorporated in Hatton with a small mechanical engineering workshop.

  2. Branch

    1876

    A branch was opened in Maskeliya.

  3. Site at Hatton

    1882

    On learning that the Railway was to be extended beyond Nawalapitiya, Mr. James Brown selected the excellent site at Hatton for an engineering business by opening this branch.

  4. Tea Industry

    1886

    A large measure of success was achieved by the firm in the early days, and on the advent of the Tea Industry the business increased rapidly. To the original Engineering establishment was gradually added the General Stores and Chemists, the business being confined to Hatton in the Dikoya District.

  5. Limited Liability Company

    1892

    In view of the rapidly increasing business and the necessity for further capital, a Limited Liability Company was formed with a nominal capital of Rs. 500,000 with Mr. James Browns being the Chairman.

  6. The Great Loss

    1897

    Death of Mr. James Brown was a great loss for the company. Another great move was made by the company during the year by opening Lanka Works in Colombo, a block of buildings in Queen Street, Fort, being taken..

  7. Large Engineering Establishment

    1905

    With the rapid expansion, it was necessary to lease a very valuable site in Chatham Street once occupied by Maitland & Co. of early fame, on which they built the existing fine block, having already (1900) purchased the Lanka Works, Union Place, where a large Engineering establishment was formed.

  8. Adam’s Peak Hotel

    1909

    The Adam’s Peak Hotel, Hatton was purchased by the company to prevent its being taken over by parties who were likely to take up General Trading Business.

  9. London Office

    1912

    The London office was opened.

  10. Horbury House

    1913

    Acquisition of Horbury house was carried through, following the opening of the London office.

  11. Darley Road Premises

    1916

    All the Engineering works of the business were transferred to the Darley Road premises, where they had been re-built. The Motor department remained at Union Place.

  12. Darley Road Premises

    1916

    All the Engineering works of the business were transferred to the Darley Road premises, where they had been re-built. The Motor department remained at Union Place.

  13. National Mutual Buildings

    1917

    Showrooms were leased in the National Mutual Buildings in Chatham Street, Fort.

  14. Property in Chatham Street

    1919

    A property in Chatham Street, Fort was purchased and utilised as offices.

  15. The Hatton Transport & Agency Co. Ltd

    1933

    The Hatton Transport & Agency Co. Ltd was incorporated to provide transport to the plantation sector in the up-country area and also to provide services as a clearing agent to the Group and to outside parties.

  16. Becomes Browns Group.

    1947

    Purchases Hatton Bank Limited and Hatton Transport Agency Co. Ltd and becomes Browns Group.

  17. Massey Ferguson

    1953

    Agricultural division was set up with the establishment of a franchise with Massey Ferguson four wheel tractors.

  18. Ceylonese Traders license

    1959

    Obtains a Ceylonese Traders license in 1959 which allows International Trade.

  19. New Beginnings

    1960

    A year of acquisitions and new beginnings as the company acquires Hoare & Company (which was re-named as Engineering Services Ltd.), Standard Finance Ltd., to handle hire-purchase and finance, Walker & Grieg Ltd., which was a major competitor and Mason’s Mixture Ltd. In the same year, Associated Battery Manufacturers (Ceylon) Ltd begins commercial production of automotive batteries.

  20. Browns Group Industries

    1963

    Incorporation of Browns Group Industries for local manufacturing of items which were originally imported.

  21. Cement Paints

    1964

    Cement Paints (Ceylon) Ltd was incorporated for the manufacture of Pharmacem and Snowcem which were hitherto imported.

  22. Badulla Transport & Agency Co. Ltd

    1965

    Badulla Transport & Agency Co. Ltd was formed to take over business carried on by a leading outstation firm of transport agents.

  23. Browns Tours launched

    1966

    Browns Tours launched, offering a wide range of travel services.

  24. Berec (Ceylon) Ltd

    1967

    Berec (Ceylon) Ltd was incorporated to manufacture torch, radio and transistor batteries.

  25. Browns Group Motels Ltd.

    1968

    Browns Group Motels Ltd., was established in 1968 as a public company to manage and operate the motels and hotels established by the Group. In that same year, Ceylon Marine Products Ltd., amalgamated with Browns Group of Companies, processors of frozen sea foods, pioneered the export of shellfish.

  26. Hatton National Bank

    1970

    The Hatton Bank Ltd. becomes Hatton National Bank, now one of the country’s leading banks and corporate entities.

  27. Browns (MT & E) Handicrafts Ltd.

    1973

    Browns (MT & E) Handicrafts Ltd., was incorporated to assist the local craftsmen with financial facilities to practice their craft and provide avenue for distribution of their products in Sri Lanka and abroad.

  28. Leading Blue-Chip

    1980

    Browns Group is the leading blue-chip conglomerate in the country with an extensive network of engineering projects aiding the Estate sector.

  29. 95% Shares

    1982

    Acquires 95% shares of C.F.T. Engineering Ltd., which is the sole agent for Renault and Lacia Franchise in Sri Lanka.

  30. Korean Kukje Corporation

    1983

    Secured the sole agency for Korean Kukje Corporation for two wheel tractors.

  31. Colombo Stock Exchange

    1991

    Listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange.

  32. Expanded into MF generators

    1995

    Expanded into MF generators and high horsepower tractors for large scale sugar plantations and other special projects. Mini hydro systems and small generators from China was introduced. The Motor division was appointed as the sole distributor of AP filters from Japan. Implemented the IBM RS 6000 system for a smooth backoffice function.

  33. New Agencies

    1996

    New agencies and distributorships were obtained from Perkins Engines Far East and F. G. Wilson of the U.K., for Generators. Introduced smaller generators from Kubota of Japan.

  34. International Agencies

    1997

    Successfully obtained international agencies for Samsung Heavy Industrial Equipment from Korea, Cosmetic Products from India, MEM Switch Gear and Circuit Breakers from the U.K. and Valvoline Motor Oils from the USA.

  35. New Agencies

    1998

    New agencies obtained from Swaraj Mazda range of trucks and buses, Moulinex home appliances, Olympus cameras, Hudson Sprayers and Rain Bird Irrigation Systems.

  36. Duty Free Shops

    1999

    Opening of Duty Free Shops at the BIA – Arrivals and Departures

  37. New Agencies

    2000

    New agencies obtained for Citroen Automobiles, Eicher Tractors, Sumeet domestic appliances, Crocodile mammoties, Browns bicycles, Elba, Cornell and Braun products.

  38. Sole Distributorship of TAFE

    2003

    Obtained sole distributorship of TAFE India – Four Wheel Tractors.

  39. Change of Management

    2006

    Change of Management for Browns Group.

  40. Together with LOLC

    2007

    Browns together with LOLC enters into a Public-Private partnership agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka in 2007 to revive the Gal Oya Sugar Factory (Hingurana).

  41. Browns Investments

    2008

    Incorporated Browns Investments which is the strategic investment arm of Browns Group of Companies.

  42. New Office

    2011

    Browns Group moves into a new office premises located at Colombo 03. Browns Investments invested in F. L. C. Holdings (Holding company of Maturata and Pussellewa Plantations), LOLC Leisure Ltd. (Holding company of Eden Resort & Spa, Dickwella Resort & Spa, Riverina, Palm Gardens and Tropical Villas), Sierra Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and Royal Fernwood Porcelain Ltd.

  43. Microsoft Dynamics

    2012

    Implemented cutting edge technology through the new ERP system – Microsoft Dynamics AX.

  44. First Hospital

    2015

    First hospital of Browns Group, Browns Hospitals was opened in Ragama.

  45. Solar Utility

    2016

    Browns Group launched Sri Lanka’s first 10MW grid connected solar utility scale power project in Buruthankanda, Hambantota.

  46. Browns Shakthi

    2017

    Brown and Company PLC collaborated the CSR activities and established 'Browns Shakthi', an integrated CSR brand for the Browns Group.

Awards

2017/2018


Brown & Company PLC emerged as Runners Up under the Trading category at the National Business Excellence Awards 2017


Brown and Company PLC won Silver in the Trading Sector for the third consecutive year at CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards


Browns General Trading division was awarded Most committed stall award at the Construct Exhibition 2017


Browns Power Systems division won Gold at the Techno Exhibition 2017 for product with Highest Social Impact


Exide was recognised as the most loved brand in Sri Lanka in the automotive category by the Brands Annual magazine.


The Eden Resort & Spa was crowned the best in the Hospitality & Tourism Sector of Sri Lanka at the National Business Excellence Awards 2017


The Calm Resort & Spa and The Paradise Resort & Spa wins 2017 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards


Radco Radiators was awarded with ISO and SLS quality standard certificates


2016/2017


EXIDE was bestowed the honour of being one of the top three brands by the prestigious Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing, at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards ceremony. Browns Exide won Bronze for ‘Turnaround Brand of the Year’.


Browns Agriculture Division won a prestigious award from their principal partner Massey Ferguson for being the oldest distributor - 65 years in South East Asia. The Long-standing Relationship Award was presented to them at a gala event held in Bangkok recently.


Browns clinched the Silver award in the Trading category at the 52nd Annual Report Awards ceremony organised by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka).


Browns was awarded with the following accolades at the Techno 2016 Exhibition:
Best Demonstration – Gold
Best Display of Engineering Services – Silver


The Employer Branding Institute has recognised Brown & Company PLC as an achiever in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ category. Co-hosted by the World HRD Congress and Stars of the Industry Group, with CHRO Asia as a strategic partner and endorsed by Asian Confederation of Business, Browns was presented with ‘The Asia Best Employer Brand’ award at the award ceremony.


Browns General Trading Division was presented with ‘The Most Innovative Stall’ accolade at the Construct 2016 Awards Night.


Brown & Company PLC won Gold in recognition of its exceptional contribution towards driving organisational performance through sound human resources management practices at the National HR Excellence Awards.


Associated Battery Manufacturers (ABM) Ceylon Limited, the manufacturers of EXIDE, Lucas and Dagenite automotive batteries, achieved the National Quality Award for Business Excellence under the Manufacturing (Medium Scale) category at the National Quality Awards ceremony


Browns RADCO became Sri Lanka’s first and only radiator brand to accolade SLS 740 and ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standards Certifications


For the second consecutive year, the Eden Resort & Spa was crowned the best in the Hospitality & Tourism Sector of Sri Lanka. The hotel received this recognition at the National Business Excellence Awards (NBEA) 2016 when it won Gold in the Hospitality & Tourism Sector category


BG Air Services was awarded the 5th position amongst 140 IATA agents by Singapore Airlines, one of the best airlines in the world, at their annual awards night.

BG Air Services was ranked 3rd among the top 8 travel agents in Sri Lanka by Emirates.


Browns Hospitals Ragama is the first to receive ISO 9001:2015 certification from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution for healthcare.


Browns Thermal Division was awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Certification for their Quality Management System in the manufacturing of Auto and Industrial Radiators and Plastic Based Battery Containers.