Sri Lanka’s Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) has named Yohan Lawrence as its new Secretary-General as Tuli Cooray steps down from the post.
Lawrence has over 20 years of experience in senior management positions in the apparel sector as well as in leadership positions in prominent industry associations and succeeds the association’s founder Secretary-General, who stepped down after a long and distinguished tenure in the role.
Cooray continues his relationship with the JAAF in the capacity of a Consultant.
Lawrence was also a former chairman of Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters’ Association (SLAEA) – one of the constituent organisations of JAAF.
He holds a BSc in Economics from the University College of London and a MBA from the Middlesex University – UK and has held several key positions including regional roles in multinational apparel operations.
Lawrence is also the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) – Business Sustainability of InQube Global, Country Manager of Quantum Clothing Lanka and the Assistant General Manager of Coats Viyella Clothing in Sri Lanka.
“Having onboard a proven, dynamic and respected professional of the calibre of Yohan Lawrence as our new Secretary-General, will be a significant source of strength for JAAF,” newly elected Chairman, Sharad Amalean said. “The JAAF Executive Committee will benefit from his deep industry expertise, as we strive forward in our journey to establish Sri Lanka as a global apparel hub. We also extend our immense gratitude to our outgoing Secretary-General – Tuli Cooray, for his tireless contribution over many years, on behalf of the country’s apparel sector and JAAF.”
A recent review of the data from 2021 and the measures that firms in the Sri Lankan apparel industry have taken, indicate how the sector is poised.