Well known ICT industry veteran Channa de Silva took reins as the General Manager/ Chief Executive Officer of LankaClear in December 2015. He brings with him over 24 years’ of experience encompassing a spectrum of industries and had served in several leading multinational and local organizations as well. Mr. de Silva went down in history by becoming Sri Lanka’s first ever webmaster with the development of Sri Lanka’s first commercial web site http://www.lanka.net/ (1994) and he was also the engineer responsible for the establishment of the first ever dedicated Internet connection in Sri Lanka back in 1995. Some of the major projects implemented under his leadership include the first online newspaper in the South Asia region (Daily News in 1995); first radio station on-line (TNL Radio in 1996) and first ever Wi-Fi network in the country; He was also a member of the local language workgroup of Sri Lanka and contributed immensely towards enabling people to use technology in local languages. He also played a pivotal role in ensuring that a Language Interface Pack was built in Sinhala and Tamil for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office in 2007.
Prior to joining LankaClear he headed the Sri Lankan and Maldivian operations of Singapore based ICT consultancy – Thakral One as the Senior Vice President. He was orchestral in introducing IBM’s software universe to Sri Lanka and developing IBM’s software business during his tenure as the DGM – Software Group of IBM Sri Lanka. Mr. de Silva also served as the Director – Enterprise Business and Public Sector at Microsoft Sri Lanka where he led the company through an unprecedented growth. His outstanding achievements were acknowledged numerous times by Microsoft where he was singled out for Microsoft Gold Club Excellence Award for exceptional performance; the Microsoft Share Fighter Champion for winning against competition. An Old boy of Royal Collage Colombo, Mr. de Silva obtained his BSc. (Honours) and MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the State University of New York, USA specialized in Data Communication. He also holds an MBA from the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) Sri Lanka and the distinguished membership at the IEEE (USA), Tau Beta Pai (USA), Eta Kappa Nu (USA) and Golden Key (USA) for academic excellence.