Rohan De Silva


A dynamic entrepreneur and a well established business practitioner with forty years of experience in varied business activities, particularly in Shipping, Marine and Logistics. Mr. Rohan De Silva currently heads the McLarens Group as Chairman/Managing Director (since 1992) and is responsible for group profitability as well as business development through innovation and investment in new ventures. Developing new ideas with commercial viability has been a tremendous strength in his career. He is extensively involved in promoting large scale foreign investments as well as implementation of new services and infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka. He represents the Company in Trade & Business Forums both in Sri Lanka and abroad and consults/negotiates with potential investors and Partners.

Mr. De Silva is currently a Director of Airport & Aviation Services Limited, serves as an Audit Committee member of Airport & Aviation Services Limited, and acts as an advisor to the Shippers’ Academy Sri Lanka. In the past, he has held such positions as being a member of the Advisory Committee, Executive Committee and also the Treasurer of Ceylon Association of Ship’s Agents. He was a Director and a Member of the Board of Ceylon Shipping Corporation and was a member of Presidential Committee on Maritime Affairs.

He is the President of Asian Motor Racing Club, Treasurer of Carlton Motor Sports Club, Patron of Mercantile Badminton Association, Trustee of Mercantile Badminton Trust and President of the McLarens Sports Club for 2012. He was a member of the Governing Body of Motor Racing in Sri Lanka.

He also holds numerous memberships in Clubs related to Social, Sports, Recreation, Automobile and Motor Racing in the country.

His accolades include a Special award for the contribution made towards the shipping industry by the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, UK – Sri Lanka Branch, as well as the Global Commerce Excellence Award 2011.

He pioneered the Manufacturing of Polyethylene Foam insulation products in Sri Lanka, which was the beginning of a new industry heat insulation production in the country. He also pioneered the formation of the first “Motor Race Track” and the “Go Kart Track" in Sri Lanka. He pioneered commencement of a new ship supply service of Southern Coast of Sri Lanka giving berth to a fresh industry in the field of shipping in Sri Lanka. He also pioneered off-shore Shipping services in the Port of Hambantota.

Mr. Rohan De Silva has Represented Sri Lanka in Motor Racing in India & Dubai and has participated in nearly 1000 Race events with over 600 podium placings. He is also the Leader and Sponsor of a unique project to build Formula Racing Cars in collaboration with the Institute of Engineers in Sri Lanka. He is a regular Badminton player with many achievements to his credit and was a nominated Manager of the Sri Lanka Badminton Team for Olympic Games in London in 2012.