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Dr Hans Wijayasuriya (L) and Supun Weerasinghe

Sri Lanka’s top telecommunications service provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, in a release to the Colombo Stock Exchange, on Wednesday said the company has commenced preparation for the succession of its Group Chief Executive at year end 2016.

“The announcement of succession follows Dr Hans Wijayasuriya, the Group Chief Executive of Dialog, taking on additional regional responsibilities in the capacity of the Regional CEO for South Asia of the Axiata Group, earlier this year,” a statement said.
“The Company accordingly informed the CSE that its Board of Directors in consultation with the Board Nomination and Remuneration Committee had resolved to name Mr Supun Weerasinghe as the successor to Dr Hans Wijayasuriya with effect from 1st January 2017.”

Going  forward  post succession, Hans Wijayasuriya will continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the Dialog Axiata Group in line with his role as the Regional CEO for South Asia encompassing Axiata Group’s operations and investment interests in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.The succession announcement by Dialog marks the commencement of the penultimate phase of a succession programme planned and executed over the past several years centred on the Accelerated Leadership Development Programme of the Axiata Group.

Supun Weerasinghe joined the Dialog Group in 1999 and occupied several management positions in the Group prior to being appointed to the position of Dialog’s Group Chief Operating Officer in 2010.