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Ex-Unilever and Coke’s Manjula Dahanayake new CEO at Lanka Milk Foods


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Manjula Dahanayake formerly of Unilever Ceylon and Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka, has joined Lanka Milk Foods (CWE) Plc as the new CEO. 

Dahanayake holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and is also a Chartered Marketer from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK.

He has over 29 years of experience in the Sales and Marketing arena with a wealth of knowledge in the fields of FMCG, Food and Beverages, Telecommunications and Mobile Devices having worked for multinational giants like Unilever Sri Lanka, Nestle Lanka, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka, Bharti Airtel Lanka and Samsung Electronics to perceive a fantastic all-round exposure. At Unilever and Coca-Cola as a Senior Marketing personnel, he got involved in launching many products

and product extensions under the brand names of LUX, Rexona, Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and Lion, where he got involved in developing many outdoor campaigns which lead to the success of these brands. Further, he is one of the pioneers who developed the Modern Trade business in Sri Lanka and is an exceptional individual who has a very good relationship with supermarket business partners in the country together with the multinational giants who he had worked for. At Coca-Cola, he was awarded the ‘Global Best Marketing Personnel of the year’ award in 2003.


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