Mahesh Amalean Joins Dialog Board

Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, announced today the appointment of Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean as an Independent Non-Executive Director to its Board. He will join the Dialog Board with effect from 15th May 2014.

The Chairman and visionary leader of apparel manufacturer, MAS Holdings, Mahesh Amalean is highly regarded for his astute management vision and governance principles, which has steered MAS into one of the largest and most respected business entities in the region. He brings close to three decades of management experience to the already strong and diverse Board of Dialog Axiata, which would gain further strength with his presence.

Mahesh Amalean also serves as Chairman of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology and Past Chairman and current Executive Committee member of the Joint Apparel Association Forum. He was conferred the title ‘Deshamanya’ by the President of Sri Lanka, in recognition of his service to the nation through the National Committee of Economic Development and the Task Force for Rebuilding the Nation.

Mahesh Amalean has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universityof Madras and completed his executive education at Columbia Business School. In 2011, The Open University of Sri Lanka conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) to Mahesh in recognition of his administrative, business management and academic credentials together with his outstanding contributions towards improving the quality of life of the people of Sri Lanka.

Dialog Axiata PLC, a subsidiary of Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata), operates Sri Lanka’s largest and fastestgrowing mobile telecommunications network. The Company is also one of the largest listed companies on the Colombo Stock Exchange in terms of market capitalization. Dialog is also Sri Lanka's largest Foreign Direct Investor (FDI) with investments totalling over USD 1.5 billion.

Dialog has been at the forefront of innovation in the mobile industry in Sri Lanka since the late 90’s,propelling the nation’s mobile telephony infrastructure to a level of advancement on par with the developed world. The company delivers advanced mobile telephony and high speed mobile broadband services to a subscriber base in excess of 8.5 Million Sri Lankans, via 2.5G and 3G/3.5G and 4G networks. Dialog Axiata supplements its market leading position in the Mobile Telecommunications sector with a robust footprint and market presence in Sri Lanka’s Fixed Telecommunications and Digital Television markets through its fully owned subsidiaries Dialog Broadband Networks (Private) Ltd (DBN) and Dialog Television (Private) Ltd., (DTV).

At the SLIM-Nielsen People's Choice Awards 2014, Dialog was voted by Sri Lankan consumers as theTelecom Service Provider of the Year in addition to being named the Internet Service Provider of the Year and Youth Brand of the Year.

Dialog has topped Sri Lanka’s Corporate Accountability rankings for the past 4 years in succession andis an ISO 9001 certified company. The Company has received numerous local and international awards including the National Quality Award, Sri Lanka Business Excellence Award, and 3 successive GSM World Awards.

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