Investing in Philippines: Who is Manuel V. Pangilinan

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Who is Manuel V. Pangilinan

He is not Mr. Sipag at tyaga and definitely the boxer know as "pambansang kamao".

To most he is known as MVP and to some Manny Pangilinan. I guess you have heard or read his latest moves on PX(Philex Mining) and LC(Lepanto Consolidated Mining) that made people in the investment circles say "Midas touch" of MVP when the two stocks surged in price when the news broke out regarding his gaining of major role in the two companies.
Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan has been a director of PLDT since November 24, 1998. He was appointed as Chairman of the Board of PLDT after serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer from November 1998 to February 2004. He is the Chairman of the Governance and Nomination and Technology Strategy Committees of the Board of Directors of PLDT.

He also serves as Chairman of Smart, Piltel, ePLDT, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Landco Pacific Corporation, Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Philex Mining Corporation, Manila North Tollways Corporation, Medical Doctors, Inc. (Makati Medical Center), Colinas Verdes, Inc. (Cardinal Santos Medical Center), and Davao Doctors, Inc.
He sits on the Board of Meralco and is Chairman of its Executive Committee. Mr. Pangilinan founded First Pacific Company Ltd. in 1981 and served as Managing Director until 1999. He was appointed as Executive Chairman until June 2003, when he was named as CEO and Managing Director. He also holds the position of President Commissioner of P. T. Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, the largest food company in Indonesia.

Outside the First Pacific Group, Mr. Pangilinan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Beda College. He also serves as Chairman of PLDT-Smart Foundation, Inc. and the Philippine Business for Social Progress, as Vice Chairman of the Foundation for Crime Prevention, a private sector group organized to assist the government with crime prevention, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Caritas Manila and Radio Veritas-Global Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

In February 2007, he was named the President of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, a newly formed national sport association for basketball, and effective January 2009, he assumed the chairmanship of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines, the governing body of the amateur boxers in the country. Mr. Pangilinan has received numerous prestigious awards including the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines (TOYM) Award for International Finance (1983), the Presidential Pamana ng Pilipino Award by the Office of the President of the Philippines (1996), Honorary Doctorate in Humanities by the San Beda College (2002), Best CEO in the Philippines by Institutional Investor (2004), CEO of the Year (Philippines) by Biz News Asia (2004), People of the Year by People Asia Magazine (2004), Distinguished World Class Businessman Award by the Association of Makati Industries, Inc. (2005), Management Man of the Year by the Management Association of the Philippines (2005), Order of Lakandula (Rank of a Komandante) by the Office of the President of the Philippines (2006), and Honorary Doctorate in Humanities by the Xavier University (2007). He was voted as Corporate Executive Officer of the Year (Philippines) and Best Executive (Philippines) at the 2007 and 2008 Best-Managed Companies and Corporate Governance Polls conducted by Asia Money.

Mr. Pangilinan graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics. He received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania.

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