With the appointment, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Hotels Corporation, Tourism and Hotel Management Institute, Sri Lanka Hotel School and Sri Lanka Convention and Exhibition Center will come under the his purview. Dr. Godahewa, a past student of Ananda College and Moratuwa University earlier held the position of the Managing Director of Sri Lanka Insurance previously. Under his leadership Sri Lanka Insurance won 6 out of 10 Gold Medals at the National Business excellence awards in 2007.
He has held the positions of Head of Business Development of Unilever, Marketing Director of Suntel, General Manager of MAS Shadowline, CEO of two MAS overseas operations in Far East and Sub Saharan Africa before taking over as CEO of Sri Lanka Insurance. He is qualified in Engineering, Accountancy, and Marketing. he also holds an MBA as well as a PhD from University of South Australia.