Mr Neil De Silva is a shipping industry professional with over 40 years of hands-on experience in the shipping and container industry.
Mr Neil De Silva commenced his shipping career in 1971, as a Cadet Ofﬁcer on cargo ships. He obtained his initial shipping experience at the Ceylon Shipping Corporation.
He joined McLarens in 1975, and prior to his appointment to the board of management, worked as a Shipping Executive. He was initially in charge of casual callers and thereafter trained in liner shipping at the shipping principal’s ofﬁce of DDG HANSA Lines in Bremen, Germany. While at DDG HANSA, he participated in study tours to major ports such as Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Bremerhaven.
He pioneered the container leasing business in Sri Lanka representing ICS and CTI, two of the world’s leading container leasing companies and later set up an inland container terminal.
As Chairman, he overlooks the management, human resource, ﬁnance and infrastructure development activities of the group.
He was the past president of the Rotary Club of Colombo Fort and is currently a member of the club.
Mr Harsha de Silva has a B.Sc in Business Management from the University of Warwick, UK (1995-98). He obtained his initial work experience as a trainee at the shipping agencies, GAC Dubai, GAC Shipping Colombo and the Mitsui OSK Agency in Colombo.
He joined the McLarens Logistics Group in 2002 as the group General Manager, and was responsible for the group’s diversiﬁcation into ISO tank depot services, freight forwarding, NVOCC and ISO tank agency, shipping agency, and container conversions businesses. In 2008 he was assigned the position of Group Managing Director.
Mr Harsha De Silva is a qualiﬁed member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, UK. He has also obtained the IICL-USA Container Inspector qualiﬁcation.
He is member of the Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs and is also responsible for the business development activities of the group.
Mr. A.I.M. Muhsin counts over 40 years of experience in the ﬁeld of shipping, container depot operations and other logistics functions, including container leasing, container freight station, container trading activities, and plays a pivotal role in the execution and enforcement of guidelines and control procedures of the McLarens Logistics Group. His dedication and professionalism has earned several awards of recognition from foreign principals, with whom he liaises closely on all aspects of container operations.
Mr. Muhsin joined the McLarens Group in 1976 as a Management Trainee and was appointed General Manager of the McLarens Logistics Group in 1987 and was subsequently appointed a Director in 1993.
Mr. Muhsin is a B.Sc Science graduate from the University of Ceylon.
Mr. J.T.N. Pieries joined the McLarens Group in 1975, and since then counts over 35 years of experience in container haulage, warehousing and freight forwarding and management. He has also diversiﬁed into property development and warehousing ventures.
In recognition of his services to the container haulage industry, he was appointed President of the Association of Container Transportation (ACT) from 1988 to 2002.
Mr Pieries has represented Sri Lanka in the National Youth Soccer Team in 1966-67, as Vice Captain and Captain. He is a founder member of the Soccer Masters and is presently the President of the Association.
He was appointed Vice President of the Asia Paciﬁc Jaycee Senate (ASPAC) from 1980-1983 and has been a member of the Lions Club of Wattala since 1984.
Mr. W. Joe Perera is an author of educational books and is an experienced educationalist involved in forming education policies both in Sri Lanka and abroad. He served as the Chief Education Ofﬁcer, Nigeria from 1980 to 1985, the Principal Education Ofﬁcer (Mathematics) in Singapore from 1986 – 1988, and as the Director of Education (Mathematics) in the Seychelles from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Perera has worked in various commercial sectors, gaining over 20 years of experience working in human resource management. In 2013, he joined the McLarens Logistics Group as the Human Resources & Administration Director.
Mr. Perera has a B.Sc (Mathematics) from the University of Kelaniya and an MBA from the University of Colombo. He has a Diploma in Mathematics from the University of Shefﬁeld and has been trained under a UNESCO scholarship programme and Commonwealth Scholarship.
He is currently involved in the ISO certiﬁcation process of the McLarens Logistics Group.
Mr. K.G. De Silva counts over 18 years of ﬁnancial experience in the ﬁeld of shipping, container depot operations and logistics functions, including container leasing, container freight station, container trading activities, and plays a pivotal role in the execution and enforcement of guidelines and control procedures of the McLarens Containers Group.
Mr. De Silva, who has work experience in the UAE, joined the McLarens Group in 2009 as an Assistant Accountant and following various internal assignments within the group was appointed Finance Director of the McLarens Logistics Group of Companies in 2016.