General Manager-Sales and Marketing of D Samson & Sons (Pvt) Ltd, immediate past President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing and senior marketing professional. Rohan Somawansa has been bestowed with the coveted “Marketing Professional of the Year” award.
His contribution towards the development of the brands under the DSI Samson Group, as well as the upliftment of the marketing profession was key to him receiving this award. This is an award presented to outstanding marketing professionals at the “GLOBAL AWARDS FOR BRAND EXCELLENCE” during the World Brand Congress. It was held for the 20th time from the 24th to the 26th of November 2011 at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai, with the participation of representatives from 89 countries from different parts of the world.
The award ceremony which featured a number of individual and organizational award categories saw a number of renowned Sri Lankan brands such as AVI (a DSI brand), Munchee, Asian Alliance and Janashakthi come to the limelight.
Somawansa speaking about the award said “I am proud to have received this international recognition for my country, workplace and myself. Awards such as these are important from the country’s perspective as they help to uplift the image and bring global recognition. As a country I hope that within another ten year’s time we would be able to create brands which will be competitive both regionally and globally to upgrade our economy.”
The World Brand Congress held in collaboration with CMO Asia brings the world’s branding and marketing elite under one roof, sharing their knowledge and experience on a range of contemporary topics. This year’s edition featured eminent speakers such as Shane Gibson, Dr. Neale Martin, Tony Hertz and Prof. Rohit Deshpande amongst many other speakers.