He held the post of Vice President for council of management at Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing, which acts as the consultative committee for SLIM, & Secretary General of the Asia Marketing Federation Sri Lanka Association (ACSA).
He is certified as a Professional Marketer by the Asia Marketing Federation and also holds the status of the ‘Practicing Marketer’ awarded by SLIM as well as the ‘Chartered Marketer’ status awarded by CIM(UK). Dhanesh’s Marketing career spans over 17 years, in diverse but equally competitive industries such as Healthcare (Pharmaceuticals/Nutraceuticals/Surgical) Telecommunication, Education & Information Technology.
He started his career at UNICEL PVT LTD handling dental products manufactured by well established European organizations, thereafter joining Hemas Healthcare (Hemas Holdings (Pvt) Limited.) , Chemical Industries Colombo (CIC), IPCA Laboratories – which is in the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in India and Nawakrama Pvt Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of Nawaloka Group of Companies & led the SLT Publications Pvt Ltd Marketing team at Sri Lanka Telecom PLC as the Marketing Manager.
Currently, he is working as the Chief Operating Officer at Xiteb (Pvt) Ltd.
He is also a guest speaker for certain Sales & Marketing programmes at Institutions, universities and a trainer/consultant for prestigious companies in Sri Lanka, Indonesia & Maldives.
Recently he was appointed as the Regional Director- Human Behaviour Academy, (HBA) United Kingdom.
How has your school played a role in building up your personality?
How did you start your career?
How did you accept the challenges of medical and pharmaceutical sector when going up in the corporate ladder?
How has Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) shaped your career as a lecturer?
I met many professionals from different industries for the last 10 years and I always told my students that one lecturer can share may be 15-20 years of someone’s experience whereas 30-40 students can share 300-400 years of experiences if you allow them to. The motivated and loyal students added a lot value to each other while adding value to my lecturing career by sharing their experiences and expertise.
Please share your experience of 7 years in brief as the Vice President of SLIM.
Tell us more about your position and duty as COO of Xiteb.
Some of my key duties at Xiteb are to strategize the overall marketing management plan along with budgets; Digital MARCOM plan and recruitment plan while conceptualizing the overall digital mix strategies for Xiteb. Even though conceptualizing is not very rosy with the lack of intellectual property acts to protect innovative ideas and with the state of deterioration of ethics across industries, it is prerequisite part of my duties to help key clients to develop their own concepts to accomplish their digital plans to satisfy their end customers while emphasizing the importance of customer’s customer.
Did you achieve your success without any barrier? Or were there any barriers?
We would like to know about your family background in brief. How are they influencing you?
Has social media become a true competitor to print and electronic media?
“Social Media is ‘now friends with’ Print Media & Electronic Media.” DJ
“Social media is the newest friend of print & electronic media.” DJ. But, People in the print media and electronic media tend to perceive that ‘Social Media’ is a competitor and vise versa. However, can we agree with this argument?
Not at all. Whatever the articles or/and videos on print and electronic media publishes/telecasts can be uploaded onto social media and where allow viewers would talk about them throughout. As a result of this, print and electronic media life cycles will be stretched. It can be presumed that, print and electronic media would decline due to the emerging nature of web & social media and also due to world trends, which are reinforced and defined by modern customer behavior.
Print will be gone in 10 years, says Microsoft CEO
Then again social media will allow print/electronic media to survive. The argument and fact is that the content which appears on other media may perish then and there nevertheless the content uploaded in social media will be there forever. In other words, published data on print and electronic media can be viewed again and again, whenever customers want. Moreover, the money, invested on social media by organizations, would not be wasted and instead would be considered a lifetime investment.
We recognized you as a versatile person with a desire to quench the thirst of knowledge. What is your next milestone?
What is the message that you can give to younger generation as a modern marketer?
“ Any ‘anti-digital media’ Marketer can expect an early retirement in his/her career.” So believe in Digital.
More importantly, ‘do whatever you do with a greater passion’.
Finally you should remember one thing, “It is NOT what you know. It is always HOW you put what you know into PRACTICE. “.
God Bless you! May triple Gem bless you! Best regards!
by NerdTalks Sri Lankan Team