Stanley Jayawardena passes away
Unilever Sri Lanka’s first Sri Lankan chairman Stanley Jayawardena
passed away on Monday.
Stanley Jayawardena joined Unilever (former Lever Brothers) as Sales
Manager on May 1, 1955 with no knowledge or experience in sales. He had
a wide and varied exposure and experience in this service with Unilever
which spanned 32 years, and he retired in 1987 as the first Sri Lanka
Chairman of the successful FMCG giant in Sri Lanka.
Stanley Jayawardena also played a wider role in the country
contributing to commerce and industry. He held the posts of Ceylon
Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission
Chairman and he was also on the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of
In addition he also was actively involved in the life of the Colombo
University and the Jayawardenapura University where he served as a
Council Member. He also extended his leadership to the Lions movement,
where he held office of District Governor. Stanley Jayawardena, played a
dominant role in shaping the destiny of Unilever Sri Lanka. His was a
leadership that was built on integrity and ethics, and he was never
prepared to compromise on the principles he resolutely believed in.
He was a stickler for discipline but yet kind and understanding.
Those who had the privilege of working for this great leader would
testify to him being a human being with sterling qualities. He always
had the welfare of the employees at heart.