From left: BOI Chairman Sanjaya Mohottala, John Keells Holdings Chairman Krishan Balendra, Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay, Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, HCL Technologies Chief Financial Officer Prateek Aggarwal, and Corporate Vice President Srimathi Shivashankar – Pic by Kithsiri de Mel 

HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, yesterday opened its new facility at the state-of-the-art Cinnamon Life complex. 

HCL continues to expand and grow in Sri Lanka and this new facility will be its largest in the country, accommodating 4,000 employees. 

HCL entered Sri Lanka in 2020 with the aim to make it a global technology and IT services delivery hub for some of the largest corporations in the world. In continuation with its commitment to build first-class capabilities and create local employment, HCL intends to occupy 80% of Cinnamon Life, a project by John Keells, with plans of taking up 10 floors now and 10 floors at a later stage. 

The architectural design and world class interiors of HCL’s new development centre has been delivered by Tikri Bibile Associates (TBA), supported by WIDAC Commercial Interiors Ltd., and Leema Associates. 

From this new development, HCL will provide IT services to global clients in the areas of digital applications and system integration services, product development and support, and infrastructure management services including digital workplace solutions. 

Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay inaugurated the office in the presence of HCL Technologies Chief Financial Officer Prateek Aggarwal, Corporate Vice President Srimathi Shivashankar and John Keells Holdings Chairman Krishan Balendra.

“As a nation, we are thankful for the opportunities HCL continues to offer our youth and make them global IT professionals,” Finance Minister Rajapaksa said. 

“The company’s commitment and growth drive in Sri Lanka are also reflective of the long-term business resilience of Colombo’s ascent as a commercial hub in South Asia. I take this opportunity to congratulate the management of HCL Technologies and extend my very best wishes.” 

“We are delighted to welcome HCL as the anchor commercial tenant for ‘The Offices’ at Cinnamon Life, and to provide a platform for their growth in Sri Lanka,” JKH Chairman Balendra said. 

“HCL will most certainly add tremendous value to the Cinnamon Life development and community. The team at HCL will experience the full benefit of working in our landmark integrated development with the conveniences of the hotel, mall, residential and convention facilities just a few steps away.” 

“Since the time HCL entered into Sri Lanka, it has been on a growth path,” said Indian High Commissioner Baglay. 

“It is extremely heartening to see how HCL is not only building a talent pool in the country but also working to create thousands of jobs for Sri Lankan youth and bringing global opportunities to Sri Lanka.”   

“Sri Lanka is one of HCL’s key global delivery hubs and we are very excited to continue expanding our operations in the country with the opening of our new office here,” said HCL Technologies CFO Aggarwal.

In Sri Lanka, HCL Technologies recently surpassed a milestone of recruiting more than 1,000 local employees, including recent graduates and seasoned industry professionals.

“With Cinnamon Life’s strategic location at the heart of Colombo, this iconic signature structure reflects of HCL as a next-generation global technology company that constantly reimagines business for a digital age,” HCL’s Shivashankar added.

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