Embattled Solomon Islands Port Authority Has New Chief Executive

Sri Lankan has 20 years of experience in port management

By Ronald Toito'ona

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 1, 2017) – The Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) has a new chief executive officer.

He is Eranda Kotelawala from Sri Lanka.

SIPA Board chairman Billy Titiulu confirmed Mr Kotelawala’s appointment yesterday in a media statement.

According to Mr Titiulu, Mr Kotelawala’s appointment means the nine month interim appointment of Mike Wate has now come to an end.

He said Mr Kotelawala will officially start on 13th February 2017.

Mr Kotelawala is educated and trained in various institutions in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America and Sri Lanka.

Mr Titiulu said Mr Kotelawala’s highest qualification is a Masters in Management from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK.

“He has over 20 years experience in port management, shipping, IT and marketing with a lot of strong appropriate experiences and skills, particularly in business reengineering.

“This is necessary to further improve the operations of SIPA,”Mr Titiulu said.

Since 2015, Mr Kotelawala is the chief operating officer for Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd – the landlord and management body for Fiji’s two international wharves at Suva and Lautoka and several domestic ports - and Fiji Ships and Heavy Industries Ltd, a subsidiary fully owned by the Fiji Ports Corporation.

Mr Titiulu said previously Mr Kotelawala also provided technical services to the Port of Durban, South Africa (2008), the Port Sultan Qaboos in Oman (2010, 2013) and the Ports of Suva and Lautoka, Fiji (2012).

He said the new chief executive officer flew out of the country this week following a short visit here prior to taking up his new job.

He said SIPA Board will introduce him to all stakeholders once he is settled in his new job.

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