SriLankan Airlines hires expat as Chief Commercial Officer

ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines has appointed Joshua Bustos, an expatriate with experience in other airlines, as its Chief Commercial Officer and Shaminda Samaraweera as its Chief Financial Officer with effect from April this year.  

The airline follows a stringent procedure for recruitment which not only takes into consideration the individual’s qualifications but also his or her track record and conduct, the national carrier said in a statement.

“Especially, when it comes to recruiting foreign nationals, necessary clearance from respective foreign authorities are obtained prior to appointment.”

Bustos is an internationally experienced senior level airline executive having worked in the industry for over 20 years and was hired after interviews which included both Sri Lankan and foreign nationals.

He has held several key positions in American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, South African Airways, Tiger Airways, Sabre Airline Solutions, Safi Airways, and KPMG, the statement said.

He was on the network sounding board and revenue management advisory board at Star Alliance during his tenure at South African Airways.

Bustos has a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Miami and also taught continuing education classes at Florida Atlantic University Miami, USA and Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa.

SriLankan Airlines said Chief Financial Officer Samaraweera has more than 15 years of senior level corporate experience in many industries including telecommunications, banking and navigation.

He has held key positions in leading corporate entities such as Etisalat Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC, Dialog Axiata PLC, and NAVTEQ North America.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Moratuwa and several Masters’ from North Dakota State University.





He is a member of the Chartered Global Management Account (USA) and a fellow of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).
(COLOMBO, May 07, 2019-SB)

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