John Keells Holdings
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2009)|
Food & Beverage
Information technology and BPO
|Headquarters||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|Key people||Susantha Ratnayake -Chairman/CEO
Ajit Gunewardene -Deputy Chairman
Ronnie Peiris -Group Finance Director
Tarun Das -Director
Deshamanya Deva Rodrigo -Director
|Revenue||60,500 million Sri Lankan rupee (2010)|
John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) is Sri Lanka’s largest listed company in terms of market capitalization. It accounts for more than 14% of the Sri Lankan Stock market and has diversified its operations into various sectors ranging from Consumer Goods,Financial Services,Information Technology,Leisure,Property Development,Transportation and Plantations.
It was formed in 1870 by Edwin and George John and was originally formed as a broking business. In 1948, it merged with Thompson, White & Co. Ltd, another broking business. In 1960, it merged with yet another broking company, Keell & Waldock Ltd. The merged entity was known as John Keell Thompson White Ltd.
During the 1970s John Keells diversified by acquiring Walkers Ltd, a tour operator and Mackinnons Group which had interests in shipping.