Belle Corporation's Board of Directors is responsible in fostering the long-term success of the Corporation -- to sustain its competitiveness and profitability in a manner consistent with its corporate objectives and the best interests of its stockholders and other stakeholders. The Board determines and reviews annually, together with Management, the Corporation's vision, mission, goals and strategies. The Board guides and takes the lead in the development of and approves the Company's business objectives and strategies annually, and monitors their implementation in order to sustain the Company's long-term viability and strength. (View: BEL Board of Directors' Charter.) The Board of Directors shall meet at least six (6) times a year, with meetings scheduled before or at the start of the year. (View: BEL BOD Attendance to 2017 BOD Meetings).

 

New Directors are provided an on-boarding/ orientation session by the Chief Compliance Officer. This session covers the Company's business and its objectives, By-Laws, Articles of Incorporation, Board Charter and corporate structure. In addition, the new Directors will be apprised about financial reporting, relationships with management and investors, and significant regulations on governance and listing requirements. The Company shall also provide general access to training courses to its directors as a matter of continuous professional education as well as to maintain and enhance their skills as directors, and keep them up-to-date in their knowledge and understanding of the Company's business. View training sessions attended.

 

 

EMILIO S. DE QUIROS, JR.

Chairperson - from April 23, 2018

Date of First Appointment - September 2010 up to April 2017

Re-elected on December 4, 2017

Member, Compensation and Remuneration Committee

EMILIO S. DE QUIROS, JR.

 

Mr. De Quiros, 69, has serves as a Director of the Company since September 2010 and served as Chairman of the Board from August 2016 until April 2017. He was re-elected as a Non-Executive Director on December 4, 2017, and re-appointed as Chairperson on April 23, 2018. He is also an independent director of Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation. He was previously the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Social Security System ("SSS") and also served as a Director if UnionBank of the Philippines and Philhealth Insurance Corporation. Prior to his appointment as President of SSS, he served as Executive Vice President of Bank of the Philippine Islands and President of Ayala Life Insurance Inc., Ayala Plans Inc. and BPI Bancassurance, Inc. Mr. De Quiros graduated from Ateneo de Naga with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree (Cum Laude), and holds a Master of Arts in Economics degree from University of the Philippines.

 

WILLY N. OCIER

Vice Chairperson

Executive Director

Date of First Appointment - June 1999

Chairperson, Executive Committee

Member, Environmental and Social Committee

 

Willy N. Ocier

 

Mr. Willy Ocier, 61, is one of the two Co-Vice Chairpersons of Belle Corporation. His positions with associated companies as follows: Chairman and President of Pacific Only Systems Corporation; Chairman of APC Group, Inc., Premium Leisure Corp., and PremiumLeisure and Amusement, Inc., Chairman of Tagaytay Midlands Golf Club, Inc., The Country Club at Tagaytay Highlands, Inc. and The Spa and Lodge Inc.; and Vice Chairman of Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club, Inc. Mr. Ocier also sits as a Director of the following unaffiliated corporations: AbaCore Capital Holdings, Inc., Leisure and Resorts World Corporation, Vantage Equities, Inc., Philequity Management, Inc., Philequity Funds, Philippine Global Communications, Inc. and Toyota Corporation Batangas. He graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

 

Elizabeth Anne C. Uychaco

Vice Chairperson

Non-Executive Director

Date of First Appointment - December 2009

Chairperson, Environmental and Social Committee

Member, Executive Committee

Member, Compensation and Remuneration Committee

Member, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Elizabeth Anne C. Uychaco

 

Ms. Uychaco, 62, is a Board Director and Co-Vice Chairperson of Belle Corporation. She is also Senior Vice President of SM Investments Corporation, and a Board Director of Republic of Glass Holdings Corporation, BDO Life Assurance Company, Inc., The Net Group and ACE Hardware Philippines, Inc. She was a Board Director of Megawide Construction Corp., Premium Leisure Corp., Premium Leisure and Amusement, Inc., and Transnational Diversified Corp. She was also formerly Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company and Board Director of Philam Call Center, and Vice President of Globe Telecom Inc., Kuok Philippine Properties, Inc. and Transnational Diversified Corp. Ms. Uychaco graduated from St. Scholastica's College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She obtained a Master's Degree in Business Economics from the University of Asia and Pacific and Master's Degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo School of Business.

 

MANUEL A. GANA

President and Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director

Date of First Appointment - March 2017

Member, Executive Committee

Member, Compensation and Remuneration Committee

Member, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Manuel A. Gana

 

Mr. Gana, 60, was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer, and elected as a Director, on March 15, 2017. Mr. Gana was appointed as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company in September 2000, and was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in August 2007. He joined Belle in 1997 as Vice President for Corporate Development and Special Projects, during which time he was also assigned as the Vice President-Finance and Chief Financial Officer for MagiNet Corporation, then a subsidiary of Sinophil Corporation (now called Premium Leisure Corp.). He is also a Director of Tagaytay Highlands International Golf Club, Inc. Previously, he was Director of Investment Banking at Nesbitt Burns Securities Inc. in New York. He also previously worked for Bank of Montreal and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets (both in New York), and for Procter & Gamble Philippine Manufacturing Corporation. Mr. Gana holds a Business Administration Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and degrees in Accounting and Economics from De La Salle University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

ARTHUR L. AMANSEC

Non-Executive Director

Date of First Appointment - February 2018

Member, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Member, Environmental and Social Committee

Gonzalo T. Duque

 

Mr. Amansec, 71, is currently a Commissioner of the Social Security System. He was appointed as such in October 2016. Prior to his appointment to the Social Security System, he served as Labor Arbiter for the National Labor Relations Commission - National Capital Region (NLCR-NCR). Mr. Amansec previously worked for the Siguion-Reyna, Montecillo and Ongsiako Law Offices and as counsel for the National Mines and Allied Worker's Union. He was also the founder and the first National President of the Christian Labor Organization of the Philippines.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree at the San Beda College in 1972. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of South Wales, NSW, Sydney, Australia.

 

GREGORIO U. KILAYKO

Independent Director

Date of First Appointment - February 2003

Chairperson, Audit Committee

Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Member, Related Party Transactions Committee

Member. Compensation and Remuneration Committee

Member, Corporate Governance Committee

Gregorio U. Kilayko

 

Mr. Kilayko, 62, is an Independent Director of the Company and serves as an Independent Director of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. He is the former Chairman of ABN Amro's banking operations in the Philippines. He was the founding head of ING Baring's stockbrokerage and investment banking business in the Philippines and a Philippine Stock Exchange Governor in 1996 and 2000. He was a director of the Philippine Stock Exchange in 2003. He took his Masters in Business Administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

JACINTO C. NG, JR.

Non-Executive Director

Date of First Appointment - August 2000

Member, Executive Committe

Member, Audit Committee

Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Jacinto C. Ng, JR

 

Mr. Ng, 48, is a Director of the Company and concurrently a Director of Highlands Prime, Inc. He is the Chairman of Elanvital Enclaves, Inc., and Quantuvis Resources Corporation and also the President of Extraordinary Enclaves, Inc. and Everyhome Enclaves, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University of the Philippines.

 

 

JOSE T. SIO

Non-Executive Director

Date of First Appointment - December 2009

Chairperson, Compensation and Remuneration Committee

Jose T. Sio

 

Mr. Jose T. Sio, 78, is a non-executive director, formerly the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company and is concurrently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SM Investments Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of China Banking Corporation and Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation. He is also an Adviser to the Board of Directors of BDO Unibank, Inc. and Premium Leisure Corp. Mr. Sio was a Senior Partner of Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV). He is a Certified Public Accountant and obtained his Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from New York University, USA.

 

 

AMANDO M. TETANGCO

Independent Director

Date of First Appointment - December 2017

Chairperson, Related Party Transactions Committee

Chairperson, Corporate Governance Committee

AMANDO M. TETANGCO, JR.

 

Mr. Tetangco, 65, is an Independent Director of the Company. He was the third Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), where he served for two consecutive 6-year terms from July 2005 to July 2017. Under his leadership, the BSP initiated regulatory reforms to improve risk management, capitalization and asset quality, among other. A career central banker, he occupied different positions at the BSP, starting as an employee at the BSP's Department of Economic Research and rising from the ranks. Before joining the BSP in 2005, Mr. Tetangco was connected with the Management Services Division of Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. Mr. Tetangco graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with an AB Economics degree (Cum Laude) in 1973, where he also took up graduate courses in Business Administration. As a BSP scholar, he obtained his MA in Public Policy and Administration (Development Economics) in 1978 at University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA.

 

 

 

CESAR E.A. VIRATA

Lead Independent Director

Date of First Appointment - May 1996

Member, Audit Committee

Member, Risk Oversight Committee

Member, Corporate Governance Committee

Cesar E.A. Virata

 

Mr. Virata, 87, is an Independent Director of Belle Corp. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC); and Director of RCBC subsidiaries and some affiliates. He is also an Independent Director of Lopez Holdings Corporation, City & Land Developers, Inc. and Business World Publishing Corporation. He is a Director of Cavitex Holdings Corporation and The World Trade Center Management Corporation. Mr. Virata was formerly the Chairman of the Board of Investments, Minister of Finance and Prime Minister of the Philippines. He was Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration, now named the UP Virata School of Business. Mr. Virata holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and B.S. in Business Administration degrees from the University of the Philippines.

 

 

 

VIRGINIA A. YAP

Non-Executive Director

Date of First Appointment - July 2010

Member, Executive Committee

Member, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

Member, Environmental and Social Committee

Virginia A. Yap

 

Ms. Yap, 66, is a Director of the Company. She is also a member of the Company's Executive, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental and Social Committees. Ms. Yap holds key positions in SM Investments Corporation, as a Senior Vice President - Office of the Chairman Emeritus and the Securities Department. She is also a Director of the APC Group, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Major in Accounting) degree from University of Mindanao.

 

 

 

FREDERIC C. DYBUNCIO

Adviser to the Board - from March 15, 2017

Date of first appointment – April 2013 

Frederic C. Dybuncio

 

Mr. DyBuncio, 57, is an Adviser to the Board of Directors of Premium Leisure Corp. (PLC), Belle Corporation and APC Group, Inc. Prior to this, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of PLC and Belle Corporation. He is the President of SM Investments Corporation, the Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation; he is also an Adviser to the Board of Directors of Pacific Online Systems Corporation. Before joining SM Investments Corporation and holding several positions in companies under the same, Mr. DyBuncio made a name for himself as a career banker. He spent over 20 years with JP Morgan Chase and its predecessor institutions. During this time, he was assigned in several major cities including New York, Seoul, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Manila. He graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration program at Asian Institute of Management.

 

 

WASHINGTON Z. SYCIP

Independent Director (until October 7, 2017)

Date of first appointment – May 1996

 

Washington Z. Sycip

 

Mr. SyCip, served as an Independent Director of the Company from May 1996 until he passed in October 07, 2017. He was the founder of SGV & Co., an auditing and management consulting group with operations throughout East Asia. He was the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors of the Asian Institute of Management; was a Member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York; was the Honorary Chairman of Euro-Asia Centre, INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France; was a Member of the International Advisory Board, Council on Foreign Relations, New York; and an Honorary Life Trustee of the Asia Society, New York. Mr. Sycip was a Director of a number of major corporations in the Philippines and other parts of the world.