On a night that saw the gathering of the most esteemed figures in Sri Lankan society under one roof, Mrs. Aban Pestonjee, the chairperson and founder of the Abans Group of companies was named Sri Lanka’s Entrepreneur of the year 2017 at the Derana Sri Lankan of the year Awards hosted on the 27 th of September at the Colombo Hilton.
Working out of her home garage, pestonjee start-ed her humble beginnings in 1968,where the managed to sell and restore used electronic appliances that she carefully sourced from auctions.Her motivation stemmed from her own experiences as a mother and homemaker where she wanted to provide appliances to housewives that added an ease of convenience to their day -to -day chores.In 1978, when Sri Lanka emerged into an open economy
Mrs. pestonjee took the plunge and began engaging in importing product when she observer an increase in the consumer’s demand for quality globe brands.Her persis -tense led her down the path of acquiring the first namely,Electrolux,eventually paving the way for numerous world -renowned brands that followed,leading to the empire that we see today.
The Abans Group of companies is divided into 5 strategic business categories comprising if retail,services logistics,manufacturing,and real estate and infrastructure.With an Island wide network that spans over 400 showrooms and more than 16 service centers. Abans is a story of innovation,willingness to take risks,courage,ethics and personalized customer care that continues to evolve through the generations.
Mrs.Abans Pestonjee has successfully become a role midel to individuals encouraging everyone to practice thethree rules she placesthe high estvalue on,”Honesty,Hard Work and perseverance”A ploneering figure in the world of business,recognised for her achoevements internationally,she continues toexcel in her life,taking the company to new heighest with their latest mixed -use development projet ,colombo city center.An international mall slated to open in the first quarter of 2018,a business hotel and upscale residences are all part of this three tier multi-dimensional project which will undoubtedly be one of its kind in the country.