Dec 07, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has appointed Sarathkumara Premachandra as it’s new managing director, the authority said in a statement.
“We can make SLPA a successful and competitive public institution that feeds the national economy of the country in a real big way,” Premachandra was quoted as saying in the statement.
“With such a pool of talented people, we can surely predict that the future of SLPA is in safe hands.”
Prior to this appointment, Premachandra was serving as the Regional Manager of Asian Terminals of CMA CGM, the world’s third-biggest shipping line and has a wide experience in container terminal operations, having held senior management positions at the Port of Fujairah and Westport of Malaysia.
He also served as SLPA’s Chief Operations Manager, Director (operations) and the Additional Managing Director, after beginning his career in 1978 as a management trainee.
Minister of Ports and Shipping, Arjuna Ranatunga said in the statement that there would be no political interference in day to day handling of the Ports Authority activities.
“Premachandra’s appointment would mean that efficiency of port operations will be further improved.”
Dammika Ranatunga, chairman of the SLPA, said efficiency levels had increased during the last one month’s operations at the port.
“We have identified human capital as the best strength that SLPA has and I’m confident that with such a strong pool of resources at our disposal, we could deviate from traditional and lethargic practices to begin a new journey to develop SLPA as one of the best ports in the world.”