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LAUGFS Maritime CEO gets honorary Doctorate from UK

Leslie Hemachandra, Director, CEO of LAUGFS Maritime Services receiving the award
Leslie Hemachandra, Director, CEO of LAUGFS Maritime Services receiving the award

Reinforcing the leadership strength of LAUGFS, Leslie Hemachandra, Director/CEO of LAUGFS Maritime Services, was bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration (majoring in Ship Management) from a prestigious university in the United Kingdom. It was awarded in recognition of his expertise, high impactful leadership and contribution to maritime administration as well as maritime training and education in Sri Lanka and beyond. Dr. Leslie Hemachandra has been spearheading the operations of LAUGFS Maritime Services since its inception, and has been instrumental in the company’s remarkable growth and taking it to the International sphere during a short period of time.

“As the global economic power is shifting steadily from West to East, our aim as a Sri Lankan conglomerate is to be part of this journey as a forward thinking thought leader. Strengthening our leadership team with industry experts such as Dr. Leslie Hemachandra is important in this endeavour, as we play an active role on an international platform,” commented LAUGFS Holdings Chairman, W. K. H. Wegapitiya.

Having begun his distinguished career as a Special Apprentice (Marine) at the Colombo Port Commission, Dr. Leslie Hemachandra joined the Ceylon Shipping Corporation and rapidly progressed to become a Chief Engineer together with the marine engineering academic qualifications that he pursued at the Marine and Coastguard Agency (Maritime administration in UK), in the United Kingdom. Known for his astute depth of knowledge and expertise, he has functioned as the Chief Examiner of Marine Engineers of Sri Lanka with the Director General of Merchant Shipping.

“We believe in the power of our people, as it is them who drive our growth as a sustainable business. With his exceptional combination of knowledge, intuition and strategic thinking, we are indeed delighted to have Dr. Leslie Hemachandra amongst our leadership forefront”, commented LAUGFS Holdings Group Managing Director, Thilak De Silva.

LAUGFS Maritime Services provides ocean freight services and related logistics to the LPG downstream Industry in the region by operating its own fleet of LPG vessels. With the vessels - Gas Courage, Gas Success and Gas Challenger – currently under its fleet, LAUGFS Maritime plans to continue to expand its fleet with the purchase of two more vessels in 2018.

LAUGFS is one of the largest diversified business conglomerates and a trusted name in Sri Lanka. 

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