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14 Years at the Top: HNB Wins Asian Banker Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka Award for 2024

HNB Chief Operating Officer, Sanjay Wijemanne (sixth from left), and HNB Regional Business Head - Eastern Region, Segarajasegaram Sathiyaseelan (fifth from left) receiving the awards with representatives from the Asian Banker Magazine, alongside HNB Branch Manager - Homagama, Chandima Gunawardhana (second from left), HNB Branch Manager - Negombo Metro, Ranjula Fernando (third from left), HNB Senior Manager - Pettah Branch, Rajiv Gamage (fourth from left) and HNB Branch Manager - Thirunelvely, V.Vaseekaran (seventh from left)

HNB PLC celebrated a powerful milestone in its journey to the pinnacle of the Sri Lankan banking industry, after collecting the prized award for Best Retail Bank in Sri Lanka for the 14th year at the Asian Banker Global Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards 2024.

"For generations, HNB has served as a partner in progress to all Sri Lankans, continually evolving to integrate cutting-edge technology and best practices. Our success in retaining this leadership position for 14 years inspires us to reach greater heights," HNB Acting CEO, Damith Pallewatte said.

This prestigious recognition showcases HNB's commitment to stability, innovation, and customer-centric banking, with the award being presented to retail banking veteran and HNB Chief Operating Officer, Sanjay Wijemanne.

"We are deeply gratified with this recognition. Winning this award for the 14th time is a testament to our commitment to excellence and innovation. We strive to simplify and enhance our products to deliver maximum value to our customers," HNB Chief Operating Officer, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

HNB continues to pioneer in digital payment platforms like HNB SOLO, enhancing merchant access to advanced digital payment options through strategic alliances.

With 254 customer centres, HNB is one of Sri Lanka's largest, most technologically innovative private banks. Consolidating its legacy in sustainability, good governance, and corporate excellence, HNB was crowned the Best Corporate Citizen for 2022 at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Best Corporate Citizen Awards. Other significant accolades include being adjudged the "Best SME Bank" by Asiamoney Magazine, being awarded the Sri Lanka Technology Excellence Award for Robotics – Banking at the Asian Technology Excellence awards 2023, for integration of Robotic Process Automation in its Custody Banking and Trustee Services, as well as securing a Top 5 position on Business Today's Top 40 rankings for 2023.

HNB was ranked among Sri Lanka's Top 10 Most Admired companies in 2022 by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka. HNB was also recognized for its service excellence in trade services at the Euromoney Awards, taking home the prestigious titles of Best Market Leader in Trade Finance Services and Best Services Provider in Trade Finance Services, both globally and domestically.