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Premachandra new managing director of Sri Lanka Ports Authority

ECONOMYNEXT – Sarathkumara Premachandra, presently regional manager of Asian terminals of CMA CGM, the world’s third-biggest shipping line, has been appointed managing director of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

Premachandra, who takes over from 1 December, had previously been the SLPA’s Chief Operations Manager, Director (operations) and the Additional Managing Director, having begun his career in 1978 as a management trainee.

He has wide experience in container terminal operations, having held senior management positions at the Port of Fujairah and Westport of Malaysia, in addition to SLPA terminals.

Premachandra joined CMA CGM group in 2002. France’s CMA CGM, based in Marseille, has the world’s third biggest container fleet, behind Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company.

It also operates terminals worldwide through its Terminal Link and CMA Terminals units.  (Colombo/November 18 2015)

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