Meet Sakunthala: Our New Head of Human Resources (HR) for South Asia

Meet Sakunthala: Our New Head of Human Resources (HR) for South Asia

Our Stretchline family makes us who we are. We’re proud to have a workforce who believes in better – creating a community that our worldwide employees are proud to be a part of. And as part of our commitment to supporting our team, we’re delighted to welcome our new Head of Human Resources (HR) for the South Asia region, Sakunthala Senarath.

Sakunthala brings a wide array of experience ranging from 12 years at MAS Holdings, running her own consultancy firm, and most recently holding the position of Group HR Lead at Courtaulds Clothing Lanka (CCL).

We sat down with Sakunthala and asked her about her previous experience and what she hopes to achieve in her new role.

What are your key objectives for this new role?

To proactively transform the HR, admin, and employee health and safety compliance functions through a strategic approach.

I enjoy building workforces that employees are proud to be a part of and carefully identifying talent to grow. I want to make Stretchline an employer of choice.

Tell us about your background and what experiences have you gained?

After working at MAS Holdings for 12 years, I started my own consultancy firm in 2017 to strengthen my HR and organisational development skills. In 2021, I joined CCL as a senior management team member, where I led group HR, admin, and the compliance function, enhancing strategic aspects for transformational change.

How does your previous experience contribute to your new role?

My exposure to multiple industries enables me to strategically approach talent management and development across all levels – helping teams advance in their careers and onboarding the best new candidates. I am highly experienced in managing and optimising resources, resulting in timely results, and have good communication skills.

What do you think is the most important leadership skill?

Authenticity coupled with empathy.

What are you most looking forward to over the next few months?

I am excited to connect with our communities and engage with our employees to create an environment that will allow us to grow and thrive.

Welcome to the Stretchline family, Sakunthala! It is a pleasure to have you on board.

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