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OUR STORY

“We are a family-run business that specializes in the distribution and supply of electronics, gifts and accessories of boutique brands to travel retail markets globally.”

Centaur Travel Retail Europe Ltd was founded in 1992 by Rakhita Jayawardena, a respected and recognized figurehead of the Tax-Free World Association for his pioneering lifetime contributions to the global travel retail industry.

Today, his two daughters Yuvani and Aneeka, together with a committed and talented team based across a global spread of offices, drives this boutique family business forward, making it a forerunning supplier of in-house and agency electronics brands to the global inflight retail industry.

 

Family passion and professional management combined with a goal for enduring success are their driving forces. Furthermore, as a family of frequent flyers, with a network of strong industry partnerships and a prestigious customer base,  they recognize and are well-experienced in facing the challenges and demands of aviation retailing with an unwavering commitment to its traditions whilst embracing the spirit of change.

 

The brands represented by this business define innovation and performance. Their product lines are constantly evolving in an uncompromising pursuit for functionality and durability, tailored to meet the needs of their global trading partners and consumers alike.

 

Additionally, as specialists in researching trends from a manufacturer, retailer, and consumer perspective, they are well-positioned to deliver the right product at the right time.  They represent boutique brands that are pioneering and quality orientated. Diversity in their products brings state-of-the-art business tools, pocket-sized well-being products as well as an assortment of entertainment gadgets and travel accessories that whilst being primarily built for travel, are also versatile and useful to use long after you’ve returned home and make ideal gifts too!

 

As you browse through our corporate website, if there are products in our range that interest you, please contact us. Alternatively, if you are a company with a strong brand ethos, who would like to explore distribution opportunities within the travel retail market, we welcome you to contact us as well.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Rakhita Jayawardena

Founder

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Priyanka Warnapura

Finance Director

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Yuvani Maharaja

CEO

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Ruwani Fernando 

Director Operations

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Aneeka Jayawardena

Executive VP

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Rukmal Fernando

CFO

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Sandeep Alexander

Global Purchasing &

Logistic Manager

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Michelle Asker

Customer Account & Administration Executive

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