Aitken Spence consistently ranked among Top 10 Most Respected Entities in Sri Lanka

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The award for Sri Lanka’s No. 6 Most Respected Entity for 2019 is presented to Aitken Spence. From left: Aitken Spence Chief Financial Officer Nilanthi Sivapragasam, Aitken Spence Executive Director Dr. Rohan Fernando, Aitken Spence Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake, LMD Editor-in-Chief Hiran Hewavisenti, Aitken Spence Executive Director and Head of Tourism and Leisure Stasshani Jayawardena, Aitken Spence Chief Human Resources Officer Rohan Pandithakorralage and LMD Marketing Director Brian Emmanuel

Inspired by their heritage and entrepreneurial journey of over 150 years, Aitken Spence shines among the Top 10 of LMD’s Most Respected Entities hall of fame 2019. Being a conglomerate that has pioneered many successful ventures whilst delivering long-term value to all stakeholders, the group progressed over its previous ranking and now stands strong at the sixth position. Aitken Spence secured a total score of 299, surpassing many large corporates in Sri Lanka.  

The 15th annual edition of the Most Respected Entities ranked the nation’s most admired corporations, adopting a revised methodology for ranking. LMD’s Most Respected rankings are based on an exclusive survey conducted by leading research company Nielsen to gauge peer perceptions through a weighted ranking system. The key criteria include financial performance, quality consciousness, management profile, honesty, innovation, dynamism, corporate culture, CSR, vision and nation-mindedness. 

Commending the achievement, Aitken Spence PLC Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Dr. Parakrama Dissanayake said, “With an impactful legacy of over 150 years, not just in Sri Lanka but internationally as well, our priority has always been to be a sustainable and a responsible organisation that delivers long-term value to employees, customers, partners, communities and other stakeholders. Moreover, our ability to adapt and be agile yet strong and stable guarantees our pledge to stakeholders that we create a positive impact for people and the environment that enriches us.” 

“The diversity of the group’s business sectors and its geographical span has been the cornerstone of the group’s success throughout the years. Investments that were strategically thought out and passionately executed has not only propelled it to greater heights, but also enabled us to withstand the fluctuating fortunes of the Sri Lankan and global economies. We are extremely pleased that our position among the Most Respected has improved in comparison to the previous years, and this is a further testimony that we are moving forward despite the many challenges faced in both the local and global landscape,” he further added.

Listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange since 1983 and marking its 150th year milestone in 2018, Aitken Spence is a blue-chip conglomerate with a strong regional presence in the hotels, travels, maritime services, logistic solutions, plantations, power generation, financial outsourcing, insurance, it, printing and apparel sectors. The company is empowered by a team of over 14,000 individuals, with a geographical presence in eight countries and growing, creating opportunities for Sri Lanka across new frontiers.