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Mahesh Amalean

Mahesh Amalean

Chairman, MAS Holdings

Mahesh Amalean is co-founder and chairman of MAS Holdings, a Sri Lanka-based concept-to-delivery apparel services company with $1.7 billion in revenue, 90,000 associates in North America, Europe, Middle East, Far East, and South Asia, and a 30-year tradition of working with top global fashion brands. Mahesh is a charismatic leader who believes that change is inevitable, and facing change and creating opportunities requires courage.

His philosophy of “doing good while you are doing well” is inherent in MAS’s identity of offering more than high quality products and services. It is deeply rooted in MAS’s practice of nurturing teams, uplifting communities, and working to create a sustainable future for the next generation. In 2013, Mahesh was one of five global business leaders who received the United Nations inaugural Women's Empowerment Principles, Leadership Award for the company’s Women Go Beyond program.

In recognition of his national service, in 2005 the president of Sri Lanka gave him the title Deshamanya or Pride of the Nation, the second highest national civil honor. In 2010, he received the CNBC-International Indian Film Academy Global Leadership Award. In 2011, the Open University of Sri Lanka awarded him an honorary doctorate for his national work. He is ranked among the Top 20 Progressive Asian Leaders by the World Business Magazine.

Mahesh holds a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University Madras, India, and completed his executive education at Columbia University, New York.

Articles by Mahesh Amalean
Going Beyond Low-Cost Obsession with "Women Go Beyond"
Hear the chairman and co-founder of an apparel manufacturer with global operations explain how and why it invests in its largely female workforce while also dealing with the challenges of a highly competitive industry obsessed with low-cost operations. More »