Rukshan Gunatilaka

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Image 1: Rukshan Gunathilaka (far right) visiting a tobacco farm in Galewela with the CTC CEO and the team[1]

Rukshan Gunatilaka is the Supply Chain Director of the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) from July 2016 (Image 1).[2][3] A past pupil of Royal College Colombo, he completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education from University of Peradeniya.[2][4]

The Employment History with the Tobacco Industry

Media reports Gunatilaka has “over 20 years of experience across multitude of markets operating within British American Tobacco (BAT) network”.[4] The countries and posts he had occupied include;

  • Sri Lanka – Head of Leaf Operations. During this period, he reportedly liaised with the Government of Sri Lanka to introduce maize as a sub-cultivation in tobacco farms.[4][5]
  • Vietnam – Leaf Operations Manager[4]
  • Uzbekistan – Leaf Director[4]
  • Malaysia – Regional Agronomy Manager for the Asia Pacific Region[4]

Positions in Government Institutions Held Simultaneously

Gunatilaka was involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching for agriculture graduates in state universities.

  • Member of the Faculty Board of Graduate Studies, University of Sabaragamuwa[6]
  • Member of the Faculty Board of Applied Sciences, University of Sabaragamuwa (2004 – 2008)[2][4]
  • Visiting Lecturer, University of Peradeniya[4]
  • External Examiner, Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture[4]

Positions in government institutions held prior or after the tobacco industry employment

Gunatilaka worked as Additional General Manger of the Hingurana Sugar Industries prior (1995-1996) to his employment in the tobacco industry.[2]

Positions held in other (non-government) institutions

Gunatilaka was also employed in the following prior to his employment with the CTC;[2]

  • Nestle S.A. – Production Executive (1993-1994)
  • Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC – Assistant Manager (1996-1997)

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  1. Daily FT. The Tobacco Farmers of Glewela, 11 October 2016, accessed July 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 R Gunatilaka. LinkedIn Profile, 2017, accessed March 2017
  3. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2016, 2017, accessed March 2017
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Mirror Business. CTC appoints Rukshan Gunatilaka as Supply Chain Director, 25 August 2016, accessed March 2017
  5. The Island Online. Govt. goes to Tobacco for maize, 30 August 2007, accessed March 2017
  6. University of Sabaragamuwa Website. Faculty of Graduate Studies, 2017, accessed March 2017