Deepthi Lokuarachchi Becomes the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of HNB Assurance PLC and HNB General Insurance Limited

Deepthi Lokuarachchi, Chief Executive Officer of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) was appointed to the Boards of HNBA and HNBGI as Managing Director recently. The appointment is made subject to the approval of the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka. Mr. Lokuarachchi now functions as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of both Companies.

Mr. Lokuarachchi is an old boy of Trinity College, Kandy. Having obtained his Law degree (LL.B) from the University of Colombo, he was enrolled and admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in 1996. He obtained his Associate Membership of the Chartered Insurance Institute, UK and the status of a Professional Chartered Insurer in 2004. As of recent times, his professional status was converted to that of a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager.

Mr. Lokuarachchi counts over two decades of professional experience in the fields of general management, distribution and risk management and overall operations management.  His career began at Eagle Insurance in 1993. During his tenure with the company he held various key positions culminating in 2007/2008 as General Manager, Distribution and Risk Management. Climbing up the corporate ladder, he then joined AIG Insurance Limited Sri Lanka in 2008 and served for a period of 3 years and bade farewell in 2011 as the Deputy Chief Executive and the Chief Operating Officer in charge of the Sri Lankan and Maldivian operations. His last two appointments included the appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Orient Insurance Limited Sri Lanka, a subsidiary of Arab Orient Insurance, UAE as the overall in charge of the Sri Lankan operations and the appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited for a period of two years.


HNB General Insurance Holds its 3rd Sales Convention in Style

HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI), the fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) held its annual sales convention and staff conference, ‘Celebrating Excellence’ for the 3rd consecutive year in order to felicitate the top achievers of the HNBGI sales force at the Grand Ballroom of Cinnamon Grand, Colombo recently and was graced by many distinguished guests including Mrs. Rose Cooray, Chairperson of HNBA and HNBGI as Chief Guest, the Board of Directors of HNBGI as well as the Corporate Management of HNBA and HNBGI.

Sharing views on this special day, HNBA and HNBGI Chief Executive Officer Deepthi Lokuarachchi, thanked the sales force and the staff of HNBGI for their immense contribution stating “this event signifies the accomplishments of our sales force, which as a result of their dedication and commitment has led the Company to turn the business around in a challenging business landscape”. Speaking on the growth perspectives of HNBGI and the contribution rendered, Chief Business Officer – Corporate Lines of HNBGI, Chandana L. Aluthgama stated, “HNBGI witnessed a steady growth over the 4th quarter of 2016 and the immense contribution of the entire sales force of HNBGI helped us to achieve this significant growth. HNBGI constantly strives in delivering a service that is of high quality in order to meet the Insurance needs of our clientele and the capabilities and competencies of our sales force and staff helps in identifying the Insurance requirements of our society as well as in deriving solutions to meet the Insurance requirements”. Accordingly, N. S. Niroshan of the Biyagama Branch was awarded as the Best Sales Person of 2016.

Image Caption: L-R: HNBA & HNBGI Head of Marketing – Dinesh Yogaratnam, HNBA Chief Operating Officer – Prasantha Fernando, HNBA & HNBGI Chairperson – Rose Cooray, HNBGI Director – Faizal Salieh, HNBA & HNBGI Chief Executive Officer – Deepthi Lokuarachchi, HNBGI Chief Business Officer (Corporate Lines) – Chandana L. Aluthgama, HNBGI Chief Business Officer (Personal Lines & Branch Network) – Jude Benjamin and HNBGI Chief Technical Officer – Sithumina Jayasundara with the Best Sales Person, N. S. Niroshan.


05 Best Job Interview Tips

Here are some effective interview tips to face a job interview successfully.

  • Know your employer:

Carry out a background study and conduct an in-depth research about the employer. Know about the industry, the macro and mic conditions acting upon the industry. The more research you conduct, the more you’ll understand the employer, and the better you’ll be able to answer interview questions

  • Prepare effective responses for common interview question:

This is another effective way to prepare for an interview. Identify common questions related tot he job as well as the industry. Prepare for questions from and individual interviewer as well as a panel.

  • Dress code matter:

The first impression matter. Select a dress code which reflects your personality. Be mindful of the colors, designs and other elements of the dress code

  • Arrive on time:

Be at the given location at least 15 minutes prior to the allocated time. This will help you to relax and be ready for the interview.

  • Be authentic and confident:

Be focused on the questions and answer with confidence. The key to success is the quality and delivery of your responses. Provide solid examples of your accomplishments and your strengths.

Career Tips in 30 Seconds

Here are some valuable career tips for you to go through in less than 30 seconds!

  • A memorable first impression is made in less than 30 seconds
  • Focus on positive energy, optimism and good thoughts
  • Smile with a memorable greeting
  • Look pleasant and stay prepared with a go-getter spirit
  • Answer every question with confidence and a smile
  • Have a sense of humor
  • Always show gratitude
  • Have an update CV
  • Maintain a strong professional reputation
  • Surround yourself with positive thinkers
  • Persistence beat resistance
  • Show the wilingess to walk that extra mile
  • Show the willingness to diversify your skill set
  • Know your strengths and your weaknesses
  • Be polite and grateful for the opportunity
  • Never assume defeat – Stay motivated!


Stay tuned for more career tips and career guidance from HNBGI!

HNB General Insurance Appoints Jude Benjamin as its Chief Business Officer for Personal Lines and Branch Network

HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) a fully owned subsidiary of HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) announced the appointment of Jude Benjamin as its Chief Business Officer for Personal Lines and Branch Network.

A professional with a charismatic and a dynamic personality and a product of St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, Jude holds expertise of over two decades in Marketing including, brand building, marketing communications, business development, event management as well as broker development.

Prior to the appointment of HNBGI, Jude has held many Senior Managerial positions. At his last position, Jude served Orient Insurance Limited as the Senior Vice President for Distribution and Marketing for a span of five years, prior to which he functioned as the Assistant Vice President, Marketing of American International Group (AIG). He has led many initiatives in developing distribution initiatives as well as strategizing operations and setting up and monitoring distributions channels. In addition, Jude has served Asian Alliance Insurance as the Head of Marketing for a period of two years and Union Assurance PLC as the Manager for Broker Networking for a period of six years.

All About Road Safety

Walk safe, drive safe and be safe!

Walk safe:

  • Make sure to study about pedestrian rules and regulations
  • Be alert to reckless driver behaviors
  • Avoid walking in areas where you cannot be easily seen
  • Cross only at designated pedestrian-crossings
  • Watch for signals and lights on the road
  • Walk on the sidewalk (pavements). If there is none, walk on the side of the road, facing oncoming vehicles

Drive safe:

  • Familiarize yourself with controls in the car before driving
  • Move driver and front passenger seats back as far as possible
  • Whenever possible, begin your trip in daylight
  • Avoid the usage of cell phones and other distracting equipment while driving
  • Follow road rules and road signs
  • Know about the condition of your vehicle

05 Driving Tips for the Festive Season

The festive season is filled with happiness and celebration. Stay safe on the road and make this season more memorable. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind.

  • Don’t drink and drive – Drunk driving is a major contributory factor to road accidents and road deaths. Plan ahead alternative transportation modes to travel during the season.


  • Control the speed – Watch out for the speed on the road. Do not attempt to exceed the maximum speed limit on a given route.


  • Wear your seat belt – Always buckle up. Wearing your seat belt can reduce your risk during a crash. Make sure the passengers are buckled into appropriate safety seats.


  • Obey road rules –Always obey the rules of the road. Stay within the speed limits at all times.


  • Carry an Emergency Kit – An emergency kit should include items that would come in handy if you are stranded on the side of the road or involved in a vehicle accident.


Do It Yourself: Tips for a Smoother Oil Change

Worried about changing oil in your vehicle? We’ve got some simple tricks to make it smoother.

  • Before you being the process, examine the engine. In case the engine is cold start your vehicle and let it run for five minutes in order to warm the oil. If the engine is too hot, wait for at least 30 minutes to avoid hassles.
  • Make sure not to use an adjustable wrench or socket on the drain plug. Use the properly sized box-end wrench, usually metric, for the plug.
  • Make sure to use jack stands always. Never work under a car that’s supported by a jack only and use new oil to coat the oil filter gasket before spinning it on.
  • Always hand-tighten the filter. Never use a filter wrench.
  • Line up all the oil bottles you’ll need for the fill so you don’t lose count along the way.

Safety Tips: Driving in the Rain

Worried about driving in the heavy showers? Here are some useful road tips to ease your drive during the rainy season.

Know the Route: Make sure you’re aware of the proper route of your destination. Avoid suing any congested alternative routes or roads that are flooded.

Follow the Rules: Adhere to road rules and respect the fellow drivers. Following road rules reduce accidents rates during the rainy season.

Lights Matter: Make sure that your vehicle is visible to your fellow drivers and other pedestrians. Use appropriate lights to be seen during the heavy showers.

Slow Down: The roads are slippery. Slowing down will avoid many unpleasant situations on the road during thunder showers. Take extra care to slow down when rain first starts, as fresh rain will bring out the oils on the roadway and make roads more slippery.

Give Room: Make sure to give enough space to other vehicles and always main an appropriate distance between two vehicles. In case of a sudden breakdown, your vehicle wouldn’t be stuck in the middle.

Sudden Movements: Avoid sudden movements on the roads. Stick to your lane and adhere to the given speed limit.

Watch for Pedestrians: Watch out for pedestrians on the road and on pedestrian crossing lines. Pay attention to the road and leave distractions aside.


Items You Should Always Keep in Your Car

Essential items to store in your car

  • An Empty Gas Can: This becomes very useful when your vehicle runs out of fuel and is stuck in the middle of the road. Make sure the can is empty as filled cans could be harmful.


  • Water Bottles: This is another essential item in case you’re stuck in a traffic jam or you face a sudden breakdown. A water bottle in the vehicle can be a real life saver!


  • Traction Mats: This is another ‘must-have’ in your vehicle. When your car’s spinning its wheels on mud, a traction mat which is made of plastic or lightweight steel can help you get unstuck.


  • Jumper Cables: This is another absolute essential. A paid of jumper cables can help you start the car’s dead battery and bring it back to life. Follow the proper instructions before jump-starting your vehicle.


  • A Flashlight: An LED flashlight could be very useful in case you’re stuck on the road during the night time or looking to fix a broken vehicle.