Eyeing significant expansion, including exporting the Zesta brand to several countries, Watawala Tea Ceylon (WTC), one of the most admired branded Tea Companies, has appointed top marketing & sales professional and former Unilever Sri Lanka Board Director, Surith Perera, as its new CEO.
Surith will assume duties at the helm of Watawala Tea Ceylon Ltd, a member of diversified conglomerate Sunshine Holdings PLC, with effect from 01st October, 2015 and succeeds Visal Wickramarathne who has played an integral role in propelling Watawala Tea Ceylon to its present market leadership position.
Surith Perera possesses over 23 years of experience in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) marketing & sales. Having joined as a Management Trainee, he has proven his capability across diverse product categories ranging from food & beverages to home care and personal care, in Sri Lanka as well as overseas. He was appointed to the Unilever Sri Lanka board in 2006 as Marketing Director Home Care and Foods and also served as Customer Development and Sales Director from 2010 onwards. Surith has delivered impressive and consistent results throughout his career, having been responsible for launching and nurturing some of Unilever Sri Lanka’s leading brands.