Business veteran Ravi Edirisinghe has been appointed Director/Chief Executive Officer of GAC Group of companies in Sri Lanka.
He brings to his new role 27 years of knowledge and experience in strategic planning, business development and re-engineering, supply chain management, logistics and project management in diverse industries to this role. He is responsible for the strategic growth and business direction of the Group comprising GAC Shipping Ltd, GAC Marine Services Pvt Ltd and GAC Logistics Ltd. He replaces Mahesh Kurukulasuriya, who continues to be a member of the Group’s board of directors.
Lars Bergström, GAC’s Group Vice President, Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent, says Ravi’s appointment comes against the backdrop of an optimistic outlook for Sri Lanka’s maritime and logistics sectors.
“Sri Lanka’s proximity to the emerging markets in South Asia makes it an important shipping and transhipment hub for the region,” he says. “There is potential for growth for the country’s logistics industry - it currently contributes about 3% of its gross domestic product, but that figure is expected to rise to at least 10% by 2020. We see opportunities in the areas of outsourcing and e-commerce and are ready to tap into them with our Spectra integrated logistics facility in the Muthurajawela Industrial Zone.
“GAC and our partner, the McLarens Group, have already established a strong foothold in the country. I am confident that we will become bigger and stronger under Ravi’s leadership and the contribution of the employees.”
GAC is a pioneer of ship supply services off port limit Galle and ship-to-ship transfer services in Sri Lanka. It handles all types of vessels, port calls and cargoes and provides logistics services including supply chain management, customs clearance, freight, warehousing and distribution, as well as project and event logistics.
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