Photographic portrait of Shiromal Cooray

Shiromal Cooray

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Asia-Pacific Class of 2021

Chairman and Managing Director, Jetwing Travels (Pvt.) Ltd. and Chairman, Jetwing Hotels (Pvt) Ltd., Sri Lanka

Shiromal Cooray is the Chairman and Managing Director of Jetwing Travels (Pvt.) Ltd., one of the leading inbound/outbound travel management companies in Sri Lanka. She is also the Chairman of Jetwing Hotels (Pvt) Ltd., a premier hospitality brand that owns and manages 30 hotels and 10 villas in Sri Lanka.

Inspired by her entrepreneur father, Shiromal joined the family business to help the world experience the best of Sri Lanka’s authentic hospitality, while enriching the lives of local communities. Although she was an heir to the legacy of her father Herbert Cooray, the Founder and late Chairman of Jetwing, Shiromal chose to start with J. Walter Thompson (JWT) as an accountant, quickly rose to become the Finance Director, and went on to take up a similar post in JWT Hong Kong. Later, she returned home and took over the reins of the Jetwing family business from her father. Together with her brother, Shiromal steered the company to the success it enjoys today.

Jetwing Hotels (Pvt) Ltd.’s achievements include the Gold and Silver Trophy of Commendation in the Hotel category at The Presidential Environment Awards 2019 and the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) Award for sustainable operations (2016).

Shiromal holds an MBA from the University of Colombo and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). She is the newly elected Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID), a director of Capital Alliance and Ceylon Tea Brokers, and an independent non-executive director at Commercial Bank and Allianz Insurance.

We, at Jetwing, strive to uphold our reputation to be the home of authentic Sri Lankan hospitality, while enabling the travelers to experience the essence of the country. Our vision is to be world-class in everything we do while working to uplift the community.
Shiromal Cooray