SLT appoints new CEO and COO

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Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has announced the appointment of K.A. Kiththi Perera as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and M.B.P. Fernandez as the Chief Operating Officer.

The decision on these appointments was made by SLT Board at its meeting last week.

K.A. Kiththi Perera
M.B.P. Fernandez

Perera joined SLT in 1994 and has held significant leadership roles in various departments with increasing responsibilities for nearly 24 years. He holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Moratuwa in Electronics and elecommunications Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council (UK) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK). As a key member of its initial management team, he helped in planning, designing and developing in data access networks based on G.SHDSL, metro ethernet and digital radio access technologies, which he was instrumental in introducing metro ethernet technology to Sri Lanka in 2005 as country’s number one project.

In 2005 SLT appointed Perera as the Project Manager of Bharat Lanka Submarine Cable System Project in which he was involved for high level design of first repeaterless submarine cable system (with RA amplifiers and DWDM technology) in South Asia.

As a professional in telecommunication industry, he achieved many awards including the Gold Award (for senior management category) in SLT Transformers Awards in 2014. He also represented SLT in many national and international fora and professional bodies. 

Perera has been a Non-Executive Director of Sri Lanka Telecom (Services) Ltd., since 2007.

Fernandez holds a BSc (Eng.) in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Moratuwa and an MBA from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka.

He joined SLT in 1991 after serving several multinational telecommunications organisations. He has held a string of senior positions within SLT, culminating to his current position as the COO. In this role he oversees the entire planning, operation, sales and maintenance of SLT network and projects. In addition, he has overseen the design and implementation and operation of SLT’s Call Centre in line with improving customer experience. He has played a leading role for planning and deploying very large scale programs for SLT network transformation. New General Network (NGN), Sri Lanka Backbone Network (SLBN), Fibre to The Home (FTTH), LTE (4G), National Broadband Program (i-Sri Lanka), National Data Centre and Submarine Cable Systems are some of the flagship projects to which he has made a contribution. 

Fernandez is a permanent member of the Technical Subcommittee of SLT since 2011 and a member of the Senior Tender Board. He also functions as a Non Executive Director of SLT (Services) Ltd since 2007.