GAC Managing Director Mahesh Kurukulasuriya was awarded the prestigious title of Young Manager of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
The award ceremony was held recently at Lancaster London Hotel and was attended by over 500 internationally renowned professionals. The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, who is the royal patron of the CILT, personally congratulated Mahesh as she handed over the award.
The CILT’s Annual Awards are intended to encourage people to achieve the highest standards possible and reward those who have done extraordinarily well in their chosen fields. The CILT performed an exhaustive consideration of all the nominees whose companies had proposed them for the title and careful deliberations, they elected Mahesh Kurukulasuriya as the Young Manager of the Year. To be nominated by the company spoke of the immense faith and respect that McLarens had for Mahesh’s capabilities while to be the recipient of the award was proof that the company’s judgment had been accurate.
The CILT Awards encompassed 20 categories designed to reward the crème of the crop. Twenty companies and persons received awards acknowledging their hard work, innovation and success but of those 20, Mahesh was the only one attached to a Sri Lanka company. This international acknowledgement of his hard work and dedication reflects well on both his parent company, the McLarens group, and on Sri Lanka.
When asked for his comments on receiving such an impressive award, Mahesh said, “I’m truly humbled and delighted to receive this award. I would like to thank the entire GAC Sri Lanka team, as well as our partners - the McLarens group - and my previous employers, for supporting me to achieve this success. A special word of appreciation to my mentor, McLarens Group MD Rohan De Silva, for the opportunities he gave me.”
At 34 years, Mahesh is the youngest manager ever of GAC, Sri Lanka’s largest integrated maritime logistics service provider. Mahesh’s career has been remarkable for its steady climb from one position to another, always increasing in responsibility. He graduated from the Chartered Institute of Management and Accountants, after which he spent two years gaining experience first as a Management Trainee at MAS Holdings and then as a Management Trainee for the AP Moller Maersk group in Denmark who chose him from a pool of 76,000 international applicants.