Board of Directors

Ernest K. Cuyegkeng, Filipino, ALCO’s Chairman, is presently the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer and Director of A. Soriano Corporation. His other concurrent positions include being the President and Director of Phelps Dodge Philippines International, and a Director of Seven Seas Resorts & Leisure,Prople, KSA Realty, iPeople, TO Insurance, Sumifru Singapore and Sumifru Philippines. He is also a Trustee of Andres Soriano Foundation and is a member of the Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines and Financial Executive Institute of the Philippines. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, both from the De La Salle University. He also obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Columbia Graduate School of Business in New York. He attended corporate governance seminars in 2017 and 2018 on Adapting Changes in the Corporate Governance Code and Internal Control Environment, and Sustainability Reporting and Audit Committee Effectiveness.

 

Jaime C. González, Filipino, presently ALCO’s Vice Chairman and President, is a graduate of Harvard Business School (MBA) and of De La Salle University inManila, with degrees in B.A. Economics (cum laude) and B.S. Commerce (cum laude). Mr. González led the transition of ALCO in 2008 and started the vision of what the company is now. He is also the founder and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AO Capital Partners, a financial and investment advisory firm with headquarters in Hong Kong. He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of a number of companies and is the Chairman of IP E-Game Ventures, Inc. which is involved in information technology and new media, retail/food and beverage, natural resources, and real estate and resort development. Apart from these, Mr. González is active in socio cultural organizations such as the Philippine Map Collectors Society where he is the President, the World President’s Organization Philippine Chapter,Harvard Club New York Chapter, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants,and the International Wine and Food Society. He was previously an independent director of Euro money Institutional Investment PLC (a UK publicly listed media company) and the Southeast Asia Cement Holdings, Inc. (a subsidiary of LafargeS.A.). He was the Vice Chairman and President of the Philippine International Trading Corporation and at one time, a special trade negotiator of the country’s Ministry of Trade. Mr. González was once a partner of SGV & Co. with principal focus on assisting clients in establishing and/or in arranging funding for projects throughout the Asian region.

 

Jaime Enrique Y. González, Filipino, is the founder and currently the CEO of IPVentures, Inc., a leading venture group that owns businesses that represent large retail brands such as Highlands Coffee, NBA Retail and Western Union. He is also the founder of IPVG Corp., Egames, and IP-Converge, Inc., which are all listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange. He is a partner in the Kaikaku Fund (a Softbak-led fund), a venture capital focused on SE Asia, and a shareholder and director of Retail Specialist Inc., the exclusive retailer of Naturalizer and Florsheim brands in the Philippines. Enrique was the IT Executive of the Year in 2008 and a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011. He is also part of the Young Presidents Organization and sits on the Board of Trustees of Asia Society Philippines. He continues to hold the record of being the youngest person to have listed a company on the Philippine Stock Exchange at 27 years old. He has structured profitable exits such as PCCW Teleservices (sold to PCCW of HongKong), Prolexic Technologies (sold to Kennet Partners and eventually Akamai for over US$ 300.0MM), and Level-up Games (sold to Asiasoft). Enrique is a columnist for Philippine Star covering entrepreneurship and business under Business Life section. He is an active evangelist for attracting foreign capital and partners into the Philippines, and has joined state visits under President Gloria Arroyo and most recently, President Rodrigo Duterte’s state visit to China. He was instrumental in bringing in China Railway Engineering Corp (CREC), a Fortune 100 company, and Tianjin SULI cable (a Fortune 500 company) into the Philippines. Enrique went to Middlebury College, Asian Institute of Management and Harvard Business School. He is a Kauffman Fellow and part of the Class 21 Batch.

 

Christopher Paulus Nicolas T. Po, Filipino, is the Executive Chairman of Century Pacific Food, Inc., a food company listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange and trading under the symbol CNPF, and he concurrently serves as Chairman of Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc., likewise a listed chain restaurant business trading under the symbol PIZZA, and as Chief Executive Officer of Century Pacific Group, Inc. (CPG). Prior to joining CPG, he was Managing Director for Guggenheim Partners, a US financial services firm, where he was in charge of the firm’s HongKong office. Previously he was a Management Consultant at McKinsey and Company working with companies in the Asian region. He also worked as the Head of Corporate Planning for JG Summit Holdings, a Philippine-based conglomerate with interests in food, real estate, telecom, airlines, and retail. He graduated summacum laude from Wharton School and College of Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in Economics (finance concentration) and applied science (system engineering) in 1991. He holds a Master degree in Business Administration from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Christopher Po is a member of the board of trustees of WWF-Philippines and the President of the CPG-RSPo Foundation.

 

Ricardo Gabriel T. Po, Filipino, ALCO’s Vice Chairman, is currently one of the Vice Chairmen and a Director of Century Pacific Food, Inc., and the Vice Chairman and Director of Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc. He graduated magna cum laude from Boston University, Massachusetts, USA with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He also completed the Executive Program (Owner-President Management Program) at Harvard Business School in 2001. From 1990-2006,Ricardo was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Century Pacific Group of Companies.

 

Hans B. Sicat, Filipino, has been involved with the global capital market for about three decades, being a trained mathematician and economist. He is currently the Managing Director and Country Manager for ING Bank, N. V., Manila Branch and sits in the boards of the Bankers Association of the Philippines and the Investment House Association of the Philippines. Prior to this, he was the President and CEO of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) which he assumed in 2011. He also served as its Chairman and Independent Director for about eighteen months beforehand. He was President and CEO of the Securities Clearing Corporation of the Philippines, a role he held concurrent with the PSE post. Mr. Sicat finished his coursework for Ph.D. Economics Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and earned his Master of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of the Philippines. He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration by the Western University in Thailand. Mr. Sicat has diverse interests on the private side too, spanning financial services, Knowledge Process Outsourcing and real estate. He is Acting Chairman of LegisPro Corporation;Independent Director of Serica Balanced Fund & Master Fund, and Skycable Corporation. He sits as a Director in List Sothesby’s Philippines and is on the Advisory Board of Fintonia Fund, which has an Asian FinTech focus. The Endeavor(Philippines) organization allows Mr. Sicat to interact, select and mentor high impact entrepreneurs to connect them with global leaders. He is also a Director in the Philippine Map Collectors Society and was active in leadership roles for six years in the Young Presidents Organization, Philippines Chapter, culminating as a Chapter Chairman in 2009. For over two decades, he was an investment banker with Citigroup and its predecessor firms (Salomon Brothers & Citicorp Securities) in various roles in New York, Hong Kong & the Philippines.

 

Andres B. Sta. Maria, Filipino was senior partner and a member of the executive committee of the law firm SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. For over 25 years until he retired, he headed the firm’s Special Projects Group, which focused on acquisitions, privatization, power and energy, and industrial and infrastructure projects. He studied at the University of the Philippines, Cornell University, and NewYork University and holds Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Laws, and Master of Laws degrees. Before SyCip, he worked with the New York law firms Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Coudert Brothers. Mr. Sta. Maria maintains a private practice in commercial and corporate law.

 

Fernan Victor P. Lukban, Filipino, is a leading consultant in Family Business, Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Governance. He advises family boards of over a dozen of the most progressive and better governed family businesses in the country. His interests include helping build and grow family businesses, installing good governance practices and poverty alleviation. Over the recent years, he has put special focus on developing Base of the Pyramid Initiatives (BOPI) in various provinces in the Philippines. He spent much of his early professional years in the academe helping establish and grow the University of Asia & the Pacific where he still participates as a consultant, mentor and guest lecturer. The current directorships of Mr. Lukban in listed companies are Century Pacific Food Inc., Central Azucarera de Tarlac and Shakey’s Pizza Asia Ventures, Inc., where he is the Lead Independent Director of all three. Mr. Lukban obtained a degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the De La Salle University. He received his MBA from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) and MSc in Industrial Economics from the University of Asia & the Pacific.

 

Cornelio S. Mapa, Jr., Filipino, had several senior executive roles with the Gokongwei Group of companies and its subsidiaries until 2020. His last position was Senior Vice President, Investments and New Builds of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., a role he carried out concurrently as Executive Vice President for Corporate Strategy of Universal Robina Corporation (URC). He was also the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the URC Branded Consumer Food Group and before then, he served as Senior Vice President at Robinsons Land Corporation, with the functional role of General Manager of the Commercial Centers Division. Prior to joining the Gokongwei Group of companies, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, including its subsidiaries, Cosmos Bottling and Philippine Beverage Partners. He was also Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of La Tondeña Distillers, Inc. He earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and International Finance from New York University, and obtained his Masters in Business Administration from International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr. Mapa is a Director of DHL Summit Solutions, Inc. and was recently appointed Independent Director of Radiowealth Finance Corporation.

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