Prior to that he was the “Country Head of Sales at Coca Cola Sri Lanka” where he led the Coca Cola Sri Lanka team to win several Asian and African“Best Practice Awards”. Furthermore he had short operational stint in Coca Cola South Africa and Coca Cola Vietnam.Ravi had a unique opportunity of been selected to “Develop the Marketing Blue Print” for Coca Cola South Africa(Port Elizabeth division) among with twenty five top end marketers from the Coco Cola fraternity.
Ravi started his professional carrier at Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd where he held several senior management positions in Sales and Marketing covering Home and Personnel care, Detergents, and Foods in brand, category and sales management.He has received special customer management training from Ashtridge University (UK) and worked short stints in Dubai and Thailand to share best practices for Unilever “Modern Trade” channel.
Ravi received his MBA from Postgraduate Institute of Management – Sri Jayewardenepura (Sri Lanka)and Diploma in Marketingfrom Chartered Institute of Marketing – UK. He is a leading MBA /CIM lecturer for the last 15 years.
He is the only Sri Lankan in the Glendenning Consultancy Group- (UK) and has conducted training in Malaysia (for Regional Unilever program), India (British Petroleum on value selling) and Bangladesh(Unilever Modern Trade team)
In 2013 Ravi was selected to deliver a speech on “Effectiveness in Thematic Advertising” at the prestigious world class Cambridge University in the UK at their annual “Business & Economic Forum”.
Analyzing his immense contribution to the professional world and the society, The Postgraduate Institute of Management Alumina (PIMA) awarded the prestigious“Platinum Honors” to Ravi Jayawardena in the year 2014.
In the year 2015 Ravi was awarded the prestigious Golden Globe Tigers Leadership Award for Excellence in Marketing & Brand Leadership in Malaysia by the CMO Asia.In the year 2016he was honored with “People Leader in Marketing 2016”awarded by the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM).