Dhammika Premarathna, Partner
Expertise: Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Change Management
Region: Canada and Asia Pacific
“Execution is as important as the Strategy formulation. Every execution requires a different degree of change. Those who embrace the change proactively, work with people to execute it effectively and learn from it earnestly are the ultimate winners – This is my unique and the best corporate learning. It is now my driving motto. I can apply it anywhere because I did it successfully several times over and again.”
Having started as a Graduate Trainee in Volkart Brothers, a Swiss international company, Dhammika’s corporate career began in British American Tobacco and spanned across multiple cultures in four continents over 20 years. He was Regional Head of Operations/Supply Chain (VP) - Asia Pacific, Regional Program Manager-Africa & Middle East, Area Supply Chain Director - South East Asia, Operations Director - Singapore, Indonesia and Sri Lanka and had working stints in UK, USA and Belgium. He was also a member of Global Operations/Supply Chain Leadership team and the Asia Pacific Regional Leadership Team.
As a C-Level Supply Chain/Operations professional he led and supported enterprise level change initiatives in Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East involving Primary Supply Chain Modeling/designing, Factory Foot Print and Supply Chain Optimization, Multi-million saving productivity programs, S&OP design and implementation, Procurement Transformation, ‘new to the world’ products commercialization, Multi-market SAP implementation and M&A in simple to complex commercial regimes and Industrial environments.
Dhammika holds a Physical Science degree (BSc) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. As a part of continuous self-development he obtained several post graduate certifications in Supply Chain, Operations, Human Resource and Project Management from different professional bodies/universities in Singapore, UK and USA. A competent Manufacturing/Supply Chain professional and a thought leader with good business acumen, he is well respected for delivering outstanding results in complex environments. He is also a natural mentor.
He now lives in Toronto (Brampton), Canada with his wife. A avid reader with a variety interests, his passion for career guidance and people development has reached far beyond the commercial world.