Dushanth Ratwatte is the Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Tea Estates which consists of Hapugastenne Plantations PLC and Udapussellawa Plantations PLC, two regional plantation companies quoted on the Colombo Stock Exchange.
Finlays commenced its agribusiness in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), in 1890 and now owns and manages the Hapugastenne and Udapussellawa Plantations PLC.
Dushanth was educated at Trinity College in Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, and joined the plantations as Trainee Assistant Superintendent at Mahawala Estate in 1986. Since then he has been involved in all aspects of tea and rubber planting, manufacturing and plantation management. He has overseas experience working in Indonesia and was involved in clearing and new planting of tea for over two years.
Dushanth worked for Boawantalawa Plantations PLC for over 20 years playing diverse managerial roles, and served as General Manager Marketing prior to joining Finlays in 2014 as General Manager Sales & Marketing.
Dushanth was appointed as Director/Chief Operating Officer in 2015 and thereafter appointed Director/Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Tea Estates in 2016.