Supun Weerasinghe to take over as CEO, Robi Axiata

Axiata Group Berhad has announced Supun Weerasinghe as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Robi Axiata (Robi), in Bangladesh replacing Michael Kuehner.

Supun will be relinquishing his current role as Axiata’s group chief strategy officer at the end of December 2013. Also moving will be Kanishka Wickrama from corporate centre, assuming the role of chief financial officer, Smart Axiata (formerly Hello Axiata). Both Supun and Kanishka will be starting their new roles on 1 January 2014.

Supun began his career with the Group at Dialog Axiata in Sri Lanka in 1999. Prior to Axiata, Supun was the chief operating officer, Dialog Axiata. Supun has over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, business operations, M&A, business transformation, investor relations and regulatory affairs.

Supun is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Financial Management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He also has a MBA from the University of Western Sydney, Australia and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

Also being promoted internally is Kanishka Wickrama as the chief financial officer of Smart in Cambodia. Kanishka, who joined Dialog in Sri Lanka in 2007, brings with him more than 9 years of working experience and has been with the Axiata Group since July 2009. In his most recent assignment, he spent 1 year as the assistant vice president/senior specialist, Corporate Development at the Axiata Corporate Centre.

Prior to his assignment at Corporate Centre, Kanishka spent three years with Hello Axiata in Cambodia in 2 different roles – first as the financial systems manager and later as financial controller. Prior to joining Axiata, Kanishka was working with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Kanishka holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bangalore University and Master of Business Administration in Finance, Manipal University, India. He is also a certified SAP Business One consultant.

Dato’ Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, president and group chief executive officer, Axiata said, “Supun is an example of a great talent, developed internally over his 14 years with the Group, first at Dialog in Sri Lanka and then at corporate centre, now ready to take on the role as CEO at one of our operating companies. This is also the case with Kanishka who has been with us in Sri Lanka, Cambodia and the corporate centre before his assignment as CFO.”

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