The CEO of Lanka Ltd.
Bharti Airtel, Asia’s leading integrated telecommunication service provider, appointed Amali Nanayakkara as Chief Executive Officer of Bharti Airtel Lanka Pvt. Ltd. A seasoned professional with in-depth experience in the domestic consumer industry, Amali will spearhead Airtel’s operations in Sri Lanka. This is the second senior level appointment in the organization following the recent appointment of Mr. Olof Haag as the Chairman and Country Head, Bharti Airtel Lanka Pvt. Ltd.
Commenting on Amali’s appointment, Mr. Sanjay Kapoor, President, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel Limited said “We are delighted to have Amali on board for our operations in Sri Lanka. With her extensive experience in the consumer market, we are confident that she will play a vital role in our endeavour to provide world-class telecom services to the customers and become a leading player in the Sri Lankan market.’’
Amali comes with over two decades of experience in general management. She began her career as a management trainee at Unilever Sri Lanka in 1988 and has worked in various capacities across different functions including Personal Care and Foods Division. Amali has been credited with handling some of the most powerful household brands at Unilever that include Sunsilk, Lifebuoy, Pears, Astra, Ceylonta and Laojee. Her tenure at Unilever also included a secondment to Unilever Pakistan as Marketing Manager for its flagship brand Lux.
Prior to joining Bharti Airtel, Amali was working with Unilever Sri Lanka as Director Marketing in the Personal Care Division. A graduate from the University of Colombo, Amali is an Associate Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing. During her tenure at Unilever, Amali also lead a tsunami relief project across various locations in Sri Lanka.
Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of over 75 million customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the Business Week IT 100 list 2007.
Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units - Mobile services, Broadband and Telephone (B&T) services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile and fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The B&T business provides broadband and telephone services in 94 cities.
The Enterprise services provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed fibre optic network currently spans over 53,000 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe.