PIMA Platinum Honours for top achievers
The Postgraduate Institute of Management Alumni (PIMA) Platinum Honours 2011 held on Friday recognised the contributions of Ramal Jasinghe, Anura Siriwardene and Dr. L.J.A. Peiris for their outstanding performance in their respective careers.
Jasinnghe is the Director/CEO of Asian Alliance Insurance and Peiris is the Managing Director of Royal Fernwood Porcelain whilst Siriwardene is the Secretary to Ministry of Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development. He is also the Past Chairman and CEO of Independent Television Network and Secretary to Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade.
An annual event identified as the flagship program of the PIMA, the award looks for trailblazers in the industries who are PIM graduates and reward them with the recognition award.
With the core vision of the program being to recognise the nations thought leaders, the Platinum Honours 2011 held at the Cinnamon Lakeside concentrated on the theme of ‘Setting the Pace for Challenges Ahead’.
The Platinum Honours were judged by a panel led by Dr. Wickrama Weerasooria and comprised Dr. Ajantha Dharmasiri, Eardley Perera and Bradley Emerson. Weerasooria noted that the recipients were chosen on a unanimous choice.
Here are the citations for the respective winners of this year’s PIMA Platinum Honours.
Dr. Jagath Peiris
Dr. Jagath Peiris is currently the Managing Director of Royal Fernwood Porcelain Ltd and also the President of the National Chamber of Exporters. He has over 30 years experience in manufacturing organizations of which 25 years have been at CEO level.
He was the former Managing Director of Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC and Lanka Ceramic PLC. He is a well known personality in the global porcelain dinnerware industry and was instrumental in establishing a high image for Sri Lankan porcelain dinnerware brands in Europe, USA and Japan.
Dr. Peiris has a degree in Production Engineering from the University of Peradeniya, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Research Institute of Management in Delft, Netherlands and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Post Graduate Institute of Management. He obtained his Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, Arizona, USA. His Doctoral dissertation was on Market Perceptions for Outsourced Goods of Branded Manufacturers.
Dr. Peiris has a rare combination of professional qualifications. He is a Chartered Engineer (Sri Lanka and in the UK), a Chartered Management Accountant (UK), a Chartered Marketer (UK) and a Chartered Manager (UK). He is a Fellow Member of the Institution of Engineers (Sri Lanka), a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), a Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Managers (UK) and a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).
Dr. Peiris was selected as the Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 by the Federation of Chambers and Commerce in Sri Lanka and as the Business Leader of the Year in 2004 by the CIMA Sri Lanka Division. His high achievements in both academic and professional spheres together with his proven entrepreneurial skills have made him a unique personality.
For Ramal Jasinghe, involvement and achievement have been founding stones to an industrious career. Schooling at S. Thomas’ College led to an inclination to participate, a love for water and provided him with his first taste of management at the early age of 21.
This upbringing brought him to a mercantile career in 1983 with Elephant Lite Corporation before his training in chemistry found him at Environmental Laboratories in 1986. 1988 saw him exploring industrial marketing and agro-chemical business. At the age of 32, he was appointed to the board of Union Carbide Lanka Ltd. before arriving in the insurance sector to make his mark at Union Assurance. Since April, 2005, he has held the post of Director and Chief Executive Officer at Asian Alliance Insurance.
Through it all, he has diligently amassed his qualifications, culminating in an MBA from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a diploma from the Postgraduate Institute of Marketing in the UK. He took part in the Top Management Program run by the India Institute of Management in 1999 and was invited in to the Executive Program for Growing Countries conducted by Stanford University where he matched wits with the best of international talents from both the Asian and American regions.
Yet as much as he has achieved, his involvement has never swayed. Over 30 years of experience is utilized when lecturing at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and SLIDA, along with his involvement in a variety of prominent committees concerned with Sri Lanka’s commerce.
Involvement and achievement have shaped Ramal Jasinghe into a leader, a builder and innovator, inspired to create fresh spaces for opportunity and build new trends in industries.
He is a charismatic leader, who impresses and influences everyone around him, and makes the wheels, move towards the target. In 2005, when he was appointed as the Chairman and CEO, of the oldest and first TV channel of Sri Lanka, the channel was ranked No. 4, in terms of viewership and revenue.
His vision was to transform the channel to No. 1! He led the team towards the Vision through sheer hard work and dedication, overcoming many hurdles along the way. Some of the key initiatives taken were:
The introduction of local, mega tele-dramas which successfully competed with the Indian tele-dramas broadcasted at the time; infusion of new technology; improving of picture quality; capacity building programmes for the staff… and the list goes on. At the end, he and the team emerged winners! The channel became the No. 1 TV channel in Sri Lanka, for the first time in its 30-year history.
He also spearheaded the launch of both radio and TV channels, in Tamil and English, adding four new channels, marking a historical milestone in the network.
During his tenure, the channel was recognised with a large number of awards, including National Business Excellence Award in 2006/07/08 and 09; Brand Excellence Award, 2009; SLIM Neilsen Peoples Awards 2010, for People’s TV Channel of the Year, People’s Teledrama of the Year, People’s Programme of the Year and People’s Youth TV Channel of the Year.
In addition, he has also served as the Secretary to the Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade and is at present the Secretary to the Ministry of Coconut Development and Janatha Estates Development, where he continues to work wonders.
He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kelaniya and is an MBA of PIM and is the creator of popular song ‘Savoma Ekvemu, Ekva Nagitimu’.
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