Piyadigama, CEO, SDB bank | Sunday Observer

Piyadigama, CEO, SDB bank

Veteran banker counting over 30 years of experience in the industry, Thilak Piyadigama takes over the reins of SDB bank as the new CEO from March 1, 2019. He has held senior management positions in the banking and technology industries in Singapore, UAE, UK and Sri Lanka working for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and Nations Trust Bank.

Piyadigama serves as a Board member of Lanka Financial Service Bureau and a Governing Council Member of the National Institute of Business Management (NIBM). He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and he attended management development programs at INSEAD in France and at London Business School in the United Kingdom. Piyadigama previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Nations Trust Bank, possesses professional experience spanning across strategy, banking operations, digital transformation, technology, operational risk, and client service.

His tenure at NTB is known for transforming the bank to provide a seamless user experience to customers and staff by using cutting edge technologies, frictionless processes, and customer friendly locations.

He was also instrumental in the launch of FriMi, the first digital bank in Sri Lanka and open banking APIs by Nations Trust Bank.

During his tenure at the Standard Chartered Bank, he was instrumental in the successful delivery of a number of important strategic projects. He spearheaded the setting up of operations in Afghanistan and Iran.

He contributed immensely to centralisation initiatives when the SCB moved operations to hubs in Chennai and Kuala Lumpur.