Manilal Fernando, who chairs one of the largest international business entities with established presence in Sri Lanka, has been appointed to the Board of Aitken Spence & Co PLC. He joins De-shamanya D H S Jayawardena (Chairman), J M S Brito (Dep. Chairman/MD), R M Fernando, G C Wickramasinghe, R Sivaratnam, C H Gomez, N J de Silva Deva Aditya and V M Fernando, who comprise the driving force behind the successes of Aitken Spence, a leading diversified conglomerate that has interests in Hotels, Services, Logistic Solutions, and Strategic Investments, with operations in India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Oman, the UAE, and South Africa.
Though tied up with business matters, Manilal Fernando still has time to be Vice President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and is the FIFA Development Officer for the Asian region. He is the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) and the Legal Committee of AFC, President of the Kalutara League, Past President of the FFSL and a Member of the FIFA Legal Committee. He has been Vice President of the National Olympic Committee since 1990.