Industry expert in Aviation, Aerospace, and Biometric industries, Johanne Jayaratne was appointed as the Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in February by Tourism Minister, John Amaratunga.
Prior to this appointment, Jayaratne served as the Executive Director of Airport and Aviation Services Ltd (AASL) for 11 years. The company is the sole service provider for all airports, air navigation services, aviation security, and fire and rescue services in the island.
Jayaratne has served on the Tourism Advisory Board and was the Chairman of the AASL organising committees for the CHOGM, SAARC, and IIFA conferences. During his tenure at AASL, Jayaratne actively collaborated with Sri Lanka Tourism and took part in several promotional activities of the Tourism industry.
He is a founding partner of a biometric company in Southern CA, US and led the organisation successfully as its CEO for many years.
In 2018, Jayaratne became the first and only Sri Lankan to receive the prestigious award of the Global Silver Medal awarded by the Royal Aeronautical Society, the only society of its kind in the world. The award was given in recognition of his innovations and immense contribution to the advancement of Aerospace Art, Science, and Engineering.
Update: In May 2019, Jayaratne was appointed Chairman of SLTDA.