Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. (LBSI), the local office of the global advertising network Leo Burnett Worldwide, recently welcomed Arosha Perera as its new Chief Operations Officer (COO).
Perera’s appointment was made effective from May 1, 2015 and he has taken over the operational management of Leo Burnett from Chrishani Kotalawela, who dedicated 15 years of service to the agency.
Perera’s advertising career began at Lowe Lintas, he then joined JWT, Colombo and was thereafter posted to JWT, Bangkok. For the past 11 years, Perera has served in various capacities at JWT in Bangkok, Shanghai, Mumbai and Singapore.
Perera has been in the advertising industry for over 15 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in brand management and operations. Perera is also recognized as an astute strategist and relationship builder, who leaves no stone unturned in his efforts to fulfil his responsibilities.
Commenting on Perera’s appointment, Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. Managing Director Ranil de Silva stated, “We would like to welcome Arosha Perera as the new COO of Leo Burnett. We are delighted to have such an experienced individual on board. Arosha’s leadership will be an invaluable asset to the agency and we are pleased that a professional of his calibre is joining us, as this will further strengthen our team.
With his international expertise and dedication, we believe that he will be a great addition to our Leo Burnett family. I would also like to take this opportunity to bid farewell to Chrishani Kotalawela, who has been an inspiration to us all during her time at Leo Burnett. I would like to thank her on behalf of the Leo Burnett team for all of her guidance and effort through her years as the COO of Leo Burnett. We wish Chrishani Kotalawela the best of luck in all of her future endeavours.”
Commenting on his appointment, Perera stated, “When I decided to return to Sri Lanka, the decision to join Leo Burnett wasn’t a difficult choice for me. Leo Burnett is the most visible agency in Sri Lanka and has made its mark in the region as well. As an agency, Leo Burnett, is continuously building brands, delivering creative excellence and is producing award-winning work. I am truly proud to join such a prestigious and well-reputed agency. I look forward to being a part of Leo Burnett’s talented and dynamic team.”
This year Leo Burnett Solutions Inc. celebrates its 15th anniversary in Sri Lanka. Over the years, the agency has built many powerful brands and meaningful partnerships with its clients, whilst delivering gratifying results and gaining industry recognition in Sri Lanka, the region and globally. The company handles a diverse portfolio of clients; it is one of the world’s largest agency networks and is a member of the Publicis Groupe, the world’s fourth largest communications company.
Leo Burnett believes in creating meaningful connections through its HumanKind philosophy. HumanKind works by relating with people, then engaging with them in order to build an enduring purpose for brands. ‘Acts’ with a purpose are central to the HumanKind philosophy and unlike traditional media, ‘Acts’ have the ability to transform the way a person thinks, feels and ultimately, behaves.