Nirmal who retired from the firm on the 31 March 2012 had been with the firm for over 40 years and has the distinction of being the last Senior Partner of KPMG Ford, Rhodes, Thornton & Co. as the name of the firm was changed to KPMG from 1st April 2012.
The alumni were able to reconnect with former colleagues during the cocktail reception and they were then treated to a brief video that traced the history of the firm back to its humble beginnings in 1897. This was followed by speeches by s M/S GCB Wijeyesinghe, Rajan Asirwatham and Ranel Wijesinha who took everyone down memory lane and shared their stories of Nirmal and their time together at KPMG. The Alumni Committee then presented Nirmal with a token of appreciation for services rendered to the firm and proudly and officially welcomed him to the Alumni of KPMG.
Towards the end of the evening Nirmal was invited to speak a few words and he expressed his pride and delight in joining such an illustrious crowd. He also spoke on how privileged he felt to have been the Senior Partner of the firm and he expressed his commitment to continue to support the firm in whichever way he can.
Speaking about the event, Suren Rajakarier - Partner KPMG Alumni affairs, noted that the committee was delighted to have such a large and illustrious gathering to welcome Nirmal Fernando who is one of the most gracious and respected business personalities in the country.
Preethi Soosaithasen presents Nirmal Fernando with a token of appreciation on behalf of the Alumni Committee.
Reyaz Mihular, Managing Partner – KPMG Sri Lanka greets the gathering.
M/S GCB Wijeyesinghe Ranel Wijesinha and , Rajan Asirwatham address the gathering
Member of the 2012 Alumni Committee