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Board of Directors

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SURESH RAJENDRA

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(Member of the Board since August 2011) Suresh Rajendra is a Non-Executive Director of Union Assurance PLC since August 2011. He is a member of the Group Executive Committee and the President of property group of John Keells Holdings PLC and also serves as a Director of Asian Hotels and Properties PLC. Suresh has over 25 years of experience in the fields of finance, property and real estate, travel and tourism, and business development acquired both in Sri Lanka and overseas. Prior to joining JKH the Group, he was the head of commercial and business development for NRMA Motoring and Services in Sydney, Australia, Director/ General Manager of Aitken Spence Hotel Managements (Private) Limited, and also served on the Boards of the hotel companies of the Aitken Spence Group. Suresh is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. He is a director of many unlisted companies in the John Keells Group.

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DILANI ALAGARATNAM

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(Member of the Board since August 2011) Dilani Alagaratnam is a Non-Executive Director of the Union Assurance PLC since August 2011. A Lawyer by profession and has been with John Keells Holdings PLC for 26 years. She is a law graduate and a holder of a Master’s Degree in Law. She is also a member of the Group Executive Committee of John Keells Holdings PLC, the President with overall responsibility for Human Resources, Legal and Secretarial, Corporate Communications, Sustainability and Enterprise Risk Management, and Group Initiatives functions of the Group. Dilani is also a Director of several unlisted companies within the John Keells Group. Currently, she is the Chairperson of the Legislation Sub Committee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, member of the National Labour Advisory Committee, and a Council member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors.

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HARIN DE SILVA WIJEYERATNE

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(Member of the Board since September 2011) Harin De Sliva Wijeyeratne is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Union Assurance PLC since September 2011. He is an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka and Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of UK. He counts over 28 years of experience in the fields of general management, financial management and auditing which has been acquired while being employed at Investcorp Bank, Bahrain, Grindlays Bahrain Bank, Ernst & Young, Bahrain and Ernst & Young, Sri Lanka. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (Pvt) Limited (SLINTEC). In addition, he serves as a Board member of the Gamini Corea Trust, the SLINTEC Academy and a Trustee of the SLINTEC Endowment Trust Fund.

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DUMITH FERNANDO

INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(Appointed to the Board in August 2018) Mr. Fernando is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Union Assurance PLC since August 2018. He is the Chairman of Asia Securities (Pvt) Ltd, a leading independent Investment Banking, Research and Stock Broking firm in Sri Lanka. He has over two decades' experience in international Investment Banking, based in New York and Hong Kong, with the U.S. bank JP Morgan Chase & Co, and the Swiss Bank Credit Suisse AG., until 2013. He was Managing Director and Group Chief Operating Officer for the Asia Pacific region at Credit Suisse - a business with over US$ 2.5 billion in revenues across 12 countries, and a member of that firm's Global Leadership Council. Mr. Fernando is a Director of the Colombo Stock Exchange and Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC. He is a Senior Advisor to Tybourne Capital Management (in Hong Kong) a leading Asia-based investment management firm, and non-executive Chairman of several start-up companies. He holds a BA (Honors) in Physics & Economics from Middlebury College in the U.S. and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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DIRK PEREIRA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

(Appointed to the Board in May 2014) Dirk Pereira has functioned as CEO of Union Assurance PLC since 2010 and was appointed as a Director since 2014 May. He is a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka. He also holds an MBA from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Dirk also serves on the Board of Fairfirst Insurance Limited as a Non-Executive Director.

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Stephen Anthony Appleyard

Independent Non-Executive Director

(Member of the Board since January 2019) Stephen Anthony Appleyard is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Union Assurance PLC. He is currently the Head of Distribution AXA Asia Markets (Life and Non Life Insurance). He has over 20 years experience in the life insurance industry across Europe, US and Asia in CEO and Regional CEO roles at SCB Life (Thailand), AIA (Hong Kong), Allianz (Ayudhya Allianz C.P, Thailand), American International Group (Europe, US and Asia). He has extensive experience in strategy, distribution, marketing and in finance and operational transformation. Mr. Appleyard has served as Consultant to AXA Regional Office (Hong Kong), Direct Money (Vietnam) and also as an Advisor to many Fintech companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Sheffield Hallam University and an MBA from the University of Manchester.

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KRISHAN BALENDRA

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(Member of the Board since January 2019) Mr. Krishan Balendra is the Chairman (Non-Executive Director) of Union Assurance PLC. Mr. Balendra is also the Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC. He is a Director of the Ceylon Chamber Commerce and the Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Sri Lanka. He is a former Chairman of Nations Trust Bank and the Colombo Stock Exchange. He started his career at UBS Warburg, Hong Kong, in investment banking, focusing primarily on equity capital markets. Mr. Balendra holds a law degree (LLB) from the University of London and an MBA from INSEAD.