The man who continues to lead by example
In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, TNT and Ace Xpress were chosen by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as the local partners for distributing supplies to those parts of the country which urgently needed assistance. TNT, in turn, needed to choose man to lead the fleet of vehicles, a ‘point-man’ who would help facilitate this important assignment. They needed someone reliable, respected and resourceful. They chose Asanka Sanjeeva.
“Being selected was a great honour”, says Asanka, “and I was determined not to disappoint those who had shown great faith in me.”
Since joining TNT in 1989, Asanka has never shied away from responsibility and has always impressed people with his wholehearted commitment to each task. He was the ideal candidate for such a position and his selection was soon justified. The WFP was so pleased with the efficiency of the distribution process and they continue to use TNT to this day. Accessing areas considered ‘unsuitable’ for the general public, Asanka currently manages a team of 25 drivers for the WFP. When entering precarious parts of the country, particularly in the east and north, Asanka identifies teamwork as being essential.
“I have a lot of faith in the people I work with,” the former rugby player from Kingswood College explains. “In places like Killinochchi, each day is a new challenge and we have to be on the ball every moment. We are only as strong as our weakest link so the team looks out for each other.”
Back in 1989, Asanka was one of the first employees at the TNT Express centre in Kandy. Ever diligent, he has contributed immensely to the growth of the business in this region, expanding the network to include Nuwara Eliya. In addition to his role within TNT, he overlooks the AIX supply chain services. “Asanka has the ability to make the correct decisions under pressure,” says Jerome Brohier, Director, Ace International Express. “He is an exceptionally consistent performer, very thorough in his preparations and always thinking out of the box.” Asanka’s sporting instincts have certainly prepared him well in his current profession. He is the embodiment of a great team leader, never asking someone to complete a task he himself would not relish. TNT is in good hands.
2007 – Ace Magazine Issue 4