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"Saranga Wijeyarathne has been honored with the prestigious Brand Leadership Award

"Saranga Wijeyarathne , the Director - Marketing of Ceylon Newspapers ( Pvt ) Limited has been honored with the prestigious Brand Leadership Award at the Global Awards for Brand Excellence 2013 which was held in Mumbai last Tuesday.

This has been organized parallel to the 22nd edition of World Brand Congress . This award ceremony was endorsed by World Federation of Marketing Professionals and participants from 53 countries were present at the congress"

Jude Silva joins Papyrus as Chief Operating Officer

Papyrus Papers (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka’s leading supplier of fine papers for printing, corporate stationery and digital quick print services, has announced the appointment of Jude Silva as the company’s Chief Operating Officer with effect from 1 October 2013.

A professional with more than 25 years of corporate sector experience, Silva was Chief Operating Officer of Hayleys Consumer and a member of the company’s board of directors prior to his appointment at Papyrus Papers.

Announcing this high profile appointment, Papyrus Papers Chairman and CEO, Ashan Abeyesundere said: “Jude brings with him a wealth of experience. His knowledge and contacts will add significant strength to the Papyrus team, at a time when the company is gearing to consolidate its recent expansion and diversification.”

The Immediate Past President of the MBA Alumni Association of the University of Colombo, Jude Silva is a Chartered Marketer of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) UK and holds a Certificate in Philosophical Studies from St. Charles Seminary, Nagpur, IndiaIn the course of his working career, Silva has had extensive exposure to Sales and Marketing Management and Brand Management for Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Customer Service and Human Resources Management. He has been responsible for the sales and marketing activities of several leading international brands in consumer electronics, personal care, health care, lighting and photo imaging and has led teams which achieved market leadership in some highly competitive sectors.

He was also actively involved in Supplier Relationship Management, dealing with leading companies in the UK, Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia and India.

The sole agent in Sri Lanka for the European heritage fine paper brand Conqueror since the company’s inception in 2002, Papyrus Papers now carries more than 300 stock keeping units (SKUs) in the paper category, representing its flagship brand Conqueror, 13 other fine paper brands from Antalis/Arjo Wiggins, the company that owns the Conqueror brand, and products from seven other suppliers. The company has built strong links in Sri Lanka with users of fine paper such as designers, production agencies, end-user corporates and printers.

K.U.Pushpakumara - Past President MBAAAUoC 2001/02


Pushpakumara has been appointed as a Member of the Governing Board of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka for the 3rd consecutive term in 2014. 

K.U.Pushpakumara was a founder life member and during his tenor 2001/2002 as president  association's vision and mission were formulated and its first annual report was issued/published.

 Lasintha Ferdinando

Lasintha Ferdinando

Lasintha was born and bred just outside Colombo towards the Southern side. College days was all about Sports, Badminton and Cricket. Became the Single Event Champion of the National Novices Badminton Tournament in 1989. Never had been a studious type up until he realized the value of a good education after working for a Public Quoted Bank for Six Years. When a push comes to a shove always rose to the occasion and have done things beyond his own Dreams. He had many failures in the past and never lost the enthusiasm to overcome, one such instance was the failure of TOPCIMA examination Seven or more times. But overcame all challenges and now had been presented with Fellowship status of the CIMA. Changed his career 180 degrees and learnt a new Industry ( still discovering new things). He chose to be different and acquired 4 + 1 different accreditations in the areas of Banking, Marketing, Management Accounting, Investment advisory and IT Industry Project Management. But the biggest achievement in life was meeting his beautiful, loving wife and having two wonderful sons to share lives with. Aspiring to be an

entrepreneur with a boutique consulting firm to start with which turned two years plus, with success in sight.


 Lasintha Ferdinando - FCMA(UK), FIB(SL), MBA(UOC), CCM(FASEC), CGMA


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