Ramesh Shanmuganathan

Ramesh is a seasoned Business, Digital & IT Strategist, Leader & Executive. He is a dynamic, passionate, accomplished, balanced, multi-faceted individual having provided effective stewardship to many organizations, working in some of the most competitive markets in the technology industry. He has over 25 years of experience, with 20+ at the C-level, in Sri Lanka, USA and India with an operational footprint covering territories such as USA, UK, Nordics, UAE, Australia and emerging markets.

He is known for his innovative, creative and results-oriented leadership in building, transforming and managing businesses with an acute focus on achieving exceptional results, consistently, in highly competitive environments. His focused execution is built on his business acumen, strategic thinking, inspirational leadership, and building high performance teams with a single minded focus on delighting customers and driving exceptional transformation which has most often than not set the pace for the industry to follow suit.

He also has the rare distinction of being amongst the top 1% of his class, a Hayes-Fulbright scholar, Doctoral Degree in Management, Masters in Business Administration as well as Computer Science and a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical & Telecommunication Engineering to his credentials. He is one of the youngest to be appointed as a CEO as well as the Group CIO at John Keells Group and at present provides stewardship for the Digital, IT and related strategy/execution across the John Keells Group, consisting 70+ companies spanning 7 industry verticals with a market capitalization of US$1.4b and Annual gross turn-over in excess of US$ 800m, as it’s Executive Vice President / Global CIO whilst providing leadership as it’s CEO for the Group’s IT Consultancy and Services Organization, John Keells IT.

He has many prestigious accolades to his credit in recognition of his contribution and is a renowned public speaker at many conferences and forums.