It was Mr.Nihal Hettiarachchi, a Chartered Accountant by profession, who founded the company. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Sri Lanka (ICASL) and a Founder Member and Fellow of the Society of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka.
Mr. Hettiarachchi commenced and completed his period of Articleship at KPMG Ford, Rhodes, Thornton & Company, Sri Lanka's oldest and largest established professional service provider, with a presence of over hundred years in the country. Upon successful completion of the relevant examinations of ICASL and the period of articleship, he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1976, at the age of 23 years. He then joined McCallum Breweries (Cey.) Limited as Chief Accountant for a brief period before his appointment as a Partner in S.Savarimuttu & Company, a Firm of chartered Accountants. He acted as a partner of this company for almost two years.
Mr. Hettiarachchi then Moved onto gain experience on foreign soil by becoming the Audit Supervisor for Coopers & Lybrand, Public Accountants, in Lusaka, Zambia, for a period of four years. Back in Sri Lanka, he subsequently joined McCallum Breweries (Cey.) Group Limited during 1982, where he worked as the Group Financial Controller from October 1982 to August 1985. whilst working in this capacity, he was also actively involved in the operations of Mount Lavinia Hotel, which is an integral part of the McCallum Group.
Mr.Hettiarachchi subsequently decided to venture out on his own in furtherance of his own capabilities and aspirations and wanted to provide tailor made services to small and medium size clients. Bearing these thoughts in mind, he formed 'Nihal Hettiarachchi & Company, Chartered Accountants' in 1985. The company currently renders its services to a wide spectrum of clients and is flourishing tremendously.
Mr. Hettiarachchi has had wide and varied experience in the field of Accountancy, Auditing and Management, and counts over twenty years of experience, including four years with Coopers & Lybrand, Zambia. He was also associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Maldives, as a consultant for a period of two years. He is currently the Senior Partner / CEO of Nihal Hettiarachchi & Company.