A marketing professional with multifaceted experience within and outside the JAT Group, Richard brings a youthful dynamism to the organization and has contributed towards fostering an agile and innovation-driven culture. Commencing his career at JAT as a marketing executive, Richard rapidly rose through the ranks to his current position of Head of Marketing - a role he has held for the last 2 years. He has been instrumental in the Group’s success in Sri Lanka and overseas, leveraging on his marketing expertise in foreign regions.
A student of St.Thomas College and British School Colombo, Richard holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Curtin University, Western Australia.
Other current appointments He is the and holds Board positions in Flexospan Steel Building (Pvt) Ltd and JAT Agri (Pvt) Ltd.
He counts over 22 years experience in business management, with specialised skills in portfolio management.
He is a Chartered Manager and holds the associate membership of the Institute of Charted Professional Managers. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Credit and Finance Management from the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka.
Other current appointments Director of the JAT Property Group Pvt Ltd, 77 Development Pvt Ltd (developer of luxury condominium, 77 on Fourth Residencies – Nawala), 96 Development Pvt Ltd (developer of luxury condominium, 96 Residencies – Pita Kotte), Grand Capital Residencies Thalawathugoda Pvt Ltd (developer of mixed business project, Thalawathugoda), JAT Agri Pvt Ltd and JAT Global Pvt Ltd. He is also a Director of Millennium Distributors and Traders Pvt Ltd, the developer for the Hanthana Housing Scheme, a private public partnership with National Housing Development Authority.
Previous appointments Namal started his carrier as a banker with Seylan Bank PLC and also served at LOLC PLC, Melsta Regal Finance Ltd and was the General Manager for Grand Capital Corporation Ltd.
Mr. Ushantha Thilakarathna has served as Director/CEO of JAT Technologies since 2015. He has been instrumental in diversifying the Company’s business interests into areas such as Telecommunication infrastructure developments, AV/ ELV, Green energy and Civil sectors. Since taking operations of the Company he has been able to secure business partnerships with both globally and locally renowned organisations such as Dialog Axiata, Huawei, ZTE.
Mr. Thilakarathna is a Mechanical Engineer by profession with over 20 years of diverse and multifaceted experience in the service industry including telecommunications. He holds an MBA from the Post Graduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. He has previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer at Tritel Services (Pvt) Ltd and Director at Tritel Technologies and his corporate insights and technical expertise has been a significant contributor to JAT Technologies’ success in recent years.
He holds over 20 years of professional experience in the construction industry. Specialized in structural steel and preengineered steel buildings with a proven track record of developing new export markets in Sri Lanka and the region. His has project management experience from a fortune 500 company. He is an entrepreneur with strategic planning, business development, sales management, project management, export and marketing skills.
He is a past pupil of Ananda College, Colombo.