Dinuka Pattikiriarachchi Appointed as Chief Human Resources Officer of HNB Assurance PLC & HNB General Insurance Limited

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) announced the appointment of Dinuka Pattikiriarachchi as HNBA Group’s Chief Human Resources Officer.

Dinuka holds a Master of Business Administration (HR Special) Degree from the University of Colombo. He holds an Asian Personnel Manager Certification from NICC, Japan and also holds a National Diploma in Human Resources Management from Institute of Personnel Management, Sri Lanka.

Dinuka counts over 25 years of experience of which 19 years in the field of Human Resources Management working at many organizations. He started his professional career at Habib Bank AG Zurich and then continued at MAS Linea Aqua Private Limited and Ceylon Pencils Private Limited. Prior to join HNBA he was functioning as the Senior Manager Human Resources at Nestlé Lanka PLC for more than 07 years.

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HNBA Group Steps into the 2nd Year of ‘Vision 2020’

HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary, HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), welcomed the new year at a simple ceremony where Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi and the EXCO articulated the deliverables and outcomes that are part of its ‘Vision 2020’ and has been crafted with the sole aim of setting new benchmarks and standards in the industry and envisages in reaching new milestones in its journey.

Sharing his thoughts on the journey of HNBA Group during 2018, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “2018 has been a challenging year across the industry. Despite several external market challenges, HNBA Group was able to uphold its market share as well as to yield a considerable growth during the year. Several collective key decisions were made for the betterment of the industry as well as to adapt to the changing landscape of the Sri Lankan insurance industry”.

Speaking on ‘Vision 2020’, Mr. Lokuarachchi added, “Insurance as a key industry in the financial services market is a significant contributor for the wellbeing of individuals and businesses. The needs of individuals and businesses keep changing, it is important for our core business model to adapt to these changes in order to understand and cater to the needs of individuals and businesses. ‘Vision 2020’ was engineered considering all these aspects and it focuses in delivering superior returns to all internal and external stakeholders of the Group in a revolutionary, sustainable and a responsible manner through a revolution in its people, processes and products. The Group envisions in setting new benchmarks in growth, customer service, employee and advisor satisfaction, efficiency, shareholder value creation and ethical conduct”.

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HNB Assurance Wins Big at CA Annual Report Awards

HNB Assurance Group bagged another Gold Award for its 2017 Integrated Annual Report, themed ‘The Winning Formula’. The HNBA Group seized this top most award in the Insurance Companies Category at the 54th Annual Report Awards Ceremony, organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka.

Sharing his views, Managing Director/CEO of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated “the annual report of an entity is the single most important document and is a vital part of a company’s integrative communications process. Every annual report presents an opportunity to communicate the strategic direction, financial position and values of the company to all stakeholders.  Over the years, HNBA Group has won many honors for its integrated annual report and as a business in the financial market, the annual report of the Group ensures transparency, sustainable reporting and good governance” Mr. Lokuarachchi further added, “we are indeed pleased to be recipient of this year’s Gold Award and this is a testament to the Group’s efforts in setting new benchmarks in corporate reporting”.

Chief Financial Officer of HNBA and HNBGI Mr. Indika Perera thanked the project team stating, “this is another successful outcome of a dedicated team of passionate individuals working determinedly in completing the Group’s Annual Report. This accolade recognizes the commitment and dedication of the project team and the Group is pleased on the efforts of the project team”.

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Investing on Insurance is the Perfect Remedy…

Insurance is a promise built on a concrete of mutual understanding and trust. Here are some reason why insurance is important.

Insurance grants peace of money

Insurance, an intangible where you can`t see or touch, provides another intangible: peace of mind. Company holders can take on certain business deals because they can transfer the risks- thanks to insurance. Insurance is the appropriate safety cob web that allow entrepreneurs investigate opportunities.

Insurance is the safeguard of family and business stability

Safety cob web when risks go wrong. Life insurance can guide the life of a family, should a member be lost. It is more likely to be similar for a business. A member or a machinery should go out of task, the company can move on forward, thanks to insurance. It all goes back to the idea that insurance, when turning on makes policyholders whole again.

Increases economic growth

Insurance develop a symbolic impact on the economy by mobilizing domestic provisions for future. Insurance converts the gathered capital into beneficial investments. Insurance helps to reduce loss, the financial balance, advance trade and commerce activities. This will make an increment in the economic growth and expansion. Thus insurance plays a vital role in sustainable advancement of the economy.

Life insurance promotes savings

Insurance does not only save against risks, but also act as an investment channel. This facilitate a processed saving due to payment of regular premium. Simply it is a form of investment. Insurance will grow a habit of investing money by paying to the insurance company.

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HNBA Group Heads Forth with Steady Financial Growth

HNB Assurance Group delivered striking financial results for nine months ended September 2018, posting a Profit After Tax (PAT) of LKR 932 MN. This includes the regular profits for the period together with the One-Off Surplus which is resultant of the insurance industry valuation rule change and the 1st quarter valuation of the Life Insurance Fund under the new valuation method. The profit hence showcased a 230% growth in comparison to the corresponding period of 2017.  However, the aforementioned One-Off Surplus will only be applicable for the year 2018. The Group recorded a Gross Written Premium (GWP) of LKR 6.5 BN against a GWP of LKR 5.8 BN recoded in 2017.

Sharing her views on the financial performance, Chairperson of HNB Assurance PLC and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) Mrs. Rose Cooray stated, “Amidst many challenging economic factors prevailing in the market, HNBA and HNBGI have delivered outstanding performance, yielding significant results and further consolidating our firm standing in the industry. These results are a testament to the Group’s steady growth and future outlook. The Group has taken several measures to improve its efficiency and processes to provide a superlative service to its clientele”.

Speaking on the Group’s steady performance, Managing Director/CEO of HNBA and HNBGI, Mr. Deepthi Lokuarachchi stated, “These financial results are reflective of the Company’s continued commitment to grow profitable lines of business and affirm our standing in the market, delivering value to our customers and shareholders”. He further stated that the share price of HNB Assurance has remained stable since 2017, despite the challenging environment prevailing in the stock market. Mr. Lokuarachchi added, “Segments such as Motor and Fire of the General Insurance business depicted impressive results. The Life Insurance business reflected a growth on par with the market growth rates. The total assets of the Group reached a value of LKR 20.6 BN and the investment in financial instruments surpassed a value of LKR 17 BN. The Life and General Insurance Funds reached values of LKR 12 BN and 2.6 BN respectively”.

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