The 45th Annual General Meeting of Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) was held on 30th March at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, which saw the election of Ruwan Liyanagamage as the 37th President of SLIM for 2015/16.
The Council of Management and Executive Committee of SLIM for this period was also appointed at the meeting which took place at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo.
SLIM has a history of 45 years while 36 prominent marketers have graciously served the Institute in the capacity of President. SLIM President Ruwan Liyanagamage, who took over from Kalana Rathnayaka, spoke about the honour of being appointed to this prestigious position.
“I am humbly honoured to take on the position as the President of the national body for marketing in Sri Lanka. I will strive to continue the good work carried out by Past Presidents and pledge to bring all stakeholders together and implement corporate governance under the theme ‘Gather, Govern and Grow’. I am confident that the new Council and Executive Committee will serve the institute with utmost dedication and passion, and support me in achieving the goals set in my tenure.”
Immediate Past President Kalana Rathnayaka expressed his gratitude for the support he received from all stakeholders of SLIM during his tenure.
“A wonderful journey has come to an end for me, and while thanking all who helped me during my tenure, I wish to congratulate Ruwan Liyanagamage on his election, and wish him all the very best in taking this prestigious institute towards greatness.”
The Council of Management for 2015/16 comprises President, Ruwan Liyanagamage, Director/CEO, Chisel Consumer Products (Pvt) Ltd, Vice President, Upul Adikari, Manager Marketing Communications, Hatton National Bank PLC, Vice President, Elangovan Karthik, DGM Marketing ,Citizens Development Business Finance PLC, Treasurer, Charitha Jayasingha, Manager Marketing and Public Relations, Browns Hospitals, Secretary, Pradeep Edward, CEO, Richardson Projects (Pvt) Ltd, Assistant Secretary, Suranjith Swaris, Sales & Marketing Manager, Coats Thread Exports, Immediate Past President Kalana Rathnayaka, Managing Director The 7 P’s Solutions, and Sanath Senanayake, CEO/Executive Director, Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing.
The Executive Committee members for 2015/16 are Ranjith Edirisinghe, Deputy General Manager- Marketing- Co-operative Wholesale Establishment (Sathosa), Leonard Jayasinghe, National Sales Manager - Sinwa Marketing Ltd, Shaminda Perera, Senior Brand Manager - Reckitt Benckiser Lanka Ltd, Neluka de Alwis, Head of Sales and Marketing - Shangri-La Hotel – Sri Lanka, Thilanka Abeywardena, Category Manager – Data Services Etisalat Lanka Ltd , Roshan Fernando, Head of Marketing – FM Derana, Ranga Perera - Advertising Manager - Ceylon Newspapers Ltd, Nirodha Goonawardena-Manager- Business Development- Xiteb (Pvt) Ltd, Manthika Ranasinghe-Managing Partner- Flower Book (Pvt ) Ltd and Kasun Liyanage- General Manager-Brands and Market Development- CIC Agri Business (Pvt) Ltd.