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Stanley Jayawardena passes away

Unilever Sri Lanka’s first Sri Lankan chairman Stanley Jayawardena passed away on Monday.

Stanley Jayawardena

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 Sri Lanka.

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.

 

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