The announcement was made in a filing to the Colombo Stock Exchange, last Friday.
Supun Weerasinghe takes over from Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya who led the Company since 1997.
The transition of leadership takes place with effect from today (January 1, 2017).
Weerasinghe will also join the Board of Directors of the Dialog Group in the capacity of Executive Director.
Dr.Hans Wijayasuriya will remain closely associated with Dialog Axiata in his capacity as the Regional Chief Executive Officer for the South Asia Region (spanning subsidiary operations and investment interests in Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) of the Axiata Group.
Dr. Wijayasuriya will also continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the Dialog Axiata Group as a Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director.
Weerasinghe joined the Dialog Group in 1999 and occupied several management positions within the Group prior to being appointed as Dialog’s Group Chief Operating Officer in 2010.
In 2013, Weerasinghe was seconded to the Axiata Corporate Center in Kuala Lumpur to take up an assignment as the Chief Strategy Officer of the Axiata Group, as part of his accelerated leadership development journey.
Subsequently in 2014, he was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Robi Axiata in Bangladesh, the country’s No. 2 mobile operator providing services to over 28 million subscribers.
Weerasinghe is a fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants UK, and holds an MBA from the University of Western Sydney Australia.