Sep 05, 2018

Dinesh Thomas joins the LinearSix team

LinearSix appoints Dinesh Thomas as a director, a veteran and specialist within the digital transformation and lean processes domain.

This appointment enhances the company’s standing as best in class digital thought leaders within the financial and insurance technology services platform. Dinesh brings with him 20 years of experience within the banking and insurance sector as an IT professional with strong specialisations in the area of lean methodologies coupled with proven track records for successful delivery creating operational efficiency and reduced costs.

“We are excited to have Dinesh join us and with his strong digital and lean process driven mind-set. It will augur well for us particularly around our ‘reboot culture’ and the need for agile software development practices,” said Mario Gooneratne, the founder and CEO of LinearSix. He further added, “Lean digitisation essentially amalgamates the principles of lean management by utilising agile digital solutions and technology to enhance a business’s overall process and efficiency. With big data, analytics and smarter product offerings in the digital fin-tech space, the combination of the two methods only augur well for the industry.”

Speaking of his new role and being a part of LinearSix, Dinesh said that he was excited about how the market in Sri Lanka around digital transformation is evolving at a rapid pace. “I’m enthusiastic to join a team of thought leaders within the digital transformation space. I believe LinearSix has looked at the financial services sector objectively and can contribute to greater efficiency and development through smart solutions and world-class technology. I look forward to creating solutions that can be adopted here in Sri Lanka.”

He added, “With a team that have worked across continents and continue to engage globally, it is inspiring to be with the best minds in the business. The finance sector is forever evolving; globally we are seeing more banks digitize their processes and smoothen out customer journeys with FinTech solutions. With me joining the LineaSix team, I aim to work closely with local finance sector to build a symbiotic relationships between Banks and FinTech players. Ensuring the best fit is achieved at an early stage that there are no stifles in innovation.”

Dinesh’s last role prior to joining Linear Six was with Nations Trust Bank Plc. (NTB) as Chief Innovation Officer. During his tenure at Nation’s Trust Bank, Dinesh was responsible for bringing in new concepts to the FinTech space with events such as FinTech Hack and FinTech Innovation Lab. Dinesh being a specialist in the field wanted to ensure the learning within the Financial Technology space continued to grow and was instrumental in bringing new concepts from around the world to Sri Lanka.

Throughout his career Dinesh has continuously developed his professional credentials attaining the 5s trainer certification becoming a specialist in area of Lean Transformation. He lead the core banking implementation at NTB and was part of the founding leadership team at the bank for FriMi which is Sri Lanka’s first digital bank system. The combination of software development knowledge, hands on experience with numerous design to deployment projects across workflow platforms has seen him reducing cost, increasing operational efficiency and creating cohesive cultures within many organizations. He is sort after in the industry and masterfully handholds companies through change processes making the experience efficient and seamless.

Dinesh has a Masters of Science (Information Technology) from Cardiff University/Prifysgol and a Master of Business Administration from Edith Cowen University.