The Institute of Chartered Professional Managers Institute (CPM Sri Lanka) granted the Certificate of Fellow Membership of the Institute of Chartered Professional Managers of Sri Lanka (FCPM) to founder of Dilmah Tea, Merrill J. Fernando recently.

Founder and President of the Institute of Chartered Professional Managers of Sri Lanka, Prof. Lakshman R. Watawala presented the certificate to Fernando. Governing Council Member Kosala M. Dissanayake and CPM Sri Lanka Director Dilshan Arsakularathna, the two sons of Fernando Malik and Dilhan Fernando were also present.

Prof. Watawala said, “It was a dual honour of granting the Chartered Fellowship in Management to recognise the outstanding contribution to the Sri Lankan tea Industry with the Dilmah brand and globalising Ceylon Tea to be the best in the world coupled with the philanthropic services to the less fortunate through the MJF Charitable Foundation”.

In a related feature in the inaugural issue of Chartered Manager, Merrill J. Fernando’s story and unique philosophy of making business a matter of human service are shared with members of the Institute.

The Founder of Dilmah has been a vocal advocate of genuinely fair trade, and has lived his vision, being the first native Sri Lankan tea grower to offer his tea - grown, picked perfected and packed at source - direct to the world.

He devoted his life to tea and recently celebrated 70 years in tea, now the most experienced Teamaker in the world.

This article was published by The The Sunday Observer

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