Board of Directors
Age 68, Mr. Salim graduated from Ewell County Technical College in Surrey, England. He is the President and CEO of the Salim Group, President Director and CEO of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk and PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur Tbk, and holds positions as Commissioner and Director in various companies.
Mr. Salim serves on the Boards of Advisors of several multinational companies. He was a member of the GE International Advisory Board, and is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of Allianz SE, an insurance company based in Germany, and a member of Food & Agribusiness Advisory Board of Rabobank Asia. He joined the Asia Business Council in September 2004.
Mr. Salim has served as a Director of First Pacific since 1981 and assumed the role of Chairman in June 2003.
Manuel V. Pangilinan
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Age 71, Mr. Pangilinan graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He received his MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In Manila, he worked for Philippine Investment Management Consultants Inc. (PHINMA) in the Philippines, and in Hong Kong with Bancom International Limited and American Express Bank. Thereafter he founded First Pacific in May 1981.
Mr. Pangilinan served as Managing Director of First Pacific since its founding in 1981 until 1999. He was appointed Executive Chairman until June 2003, after which he was named Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He holds the positions of President Commissioner of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk in Indonesia. In the Philippines, Mr. Pangilinan is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), Chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), First Coconut Manufacturing Inc. (FCMI), Manila Electric Company (Meralco), ePLDT, Inc., PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. (formerly Pilipino Telephone Corporation), Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, NLEX Corporation (formerly Manila North Tollways Corporation), Philex Mining Corporation, PXP Energy Corporation, Landco Pacific Corporation, Medical Doctors, Inc. (Makati Medical Center), Davao Doctors, Inc. and Colinas Verdes Corporation (Cardinal Santos Medical Center), Mediaquest Holdings, Inc. and Associated Broadcasting Corporation (TV 5), and the Vice Chairman of Roxas Holdings, Inc.
In 2006, the Office of the President of the Philippines awarded Mr. Pangilinan the Order of Lakandula, rank of Komandante in recognition of his contributions to the country. He was named Management Man of the Year 2005 by the Management Association of the Philippines. Mr. Pangilinan was awarded the First Honorary Doctorates Degree in Management by Asian Institute of Management in 2016, Honorary Doctorates in Science by Far Eastern University in 2010, in Humanities by Holy Angel University in 2008, by Xavier University in 2007 and by San Beda College in 2002 in the Philippines. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University and was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School.
In civic duties, Mr. Pangilinan sits as Chairman of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), PLDT-Smart Foundation Inc., One Meralco Foundation, Inc., and Co-Chairman of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), and is a Director of the Philippine Business for Education (PBED). He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Beda College, Co-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute and Co-Chairman of the U.S.–Philippine Society.
In sports, Mr. Pangilinan is Chairman of the MVP Sports Foundation Inc., Chairman Emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP).
Age 62, Mr. Nicholson, who is a graduate of the University of Kent, qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and in Hong Kong. He is Chairman of Goodman Fielder Pty Limited (since March 2015), a Commissioner of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk and a Director of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Philex Mining Corporation, PXP Energy Corporation and PacificLight Power Pte. Ltd., all of which are First Pacific Group subsidiaries, associates or joint venture.
Mr. Nicholson is also an Independent Non-executive Director of Pacific Basin Shipping Limited. Previously, he was a senior partner of Reed Smith Richards Butler from 1985 to 2001 where he established the corporate and commercial department, and was also a senior advisor to the board of directors of PCCW Limited between August 2001 and September 2003.
Mr. Nicholson has wide experience in corporate finance and crossborder transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, regional telecommunications, debt and equity capital markets, corporate reorganisations and privatisations in China. Mr. Nicholson joined First Pacific’s Board in 2003.
Christopher H. Young
Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
Age 60, Mr. Young is currently a Director of Rocket Internet SE, Roxas Holdings, Inc. and FPM Power Holdings Limited, and a member of the Advisory Board of PLDT Inc. (PLDT), a major operating associate of First Pacific. He also serves as Commissioner of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk and a Trustee of IdeaSpace Foundation, Inc. He most recently served as the Chief Financial Advisor of PLDT. He worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and Hong Kong from 1979 until 1987, at which time he joined First Pacific in Hong Kong as Group Financial Controller. He joined Metro Pacific Corporation in 1995 as Finance Director, a position he held until he joined PLDT in November 1998. Mr. Young joined First Pacific’s Board in August 2017.
Professor Edward K.Y. Chen, GBS, CBE, JP
Independent Non-executive Director
Age 73, educated at the University of Hong Kong and Oxford University, Professor Chen is an Independent Non-executive Director of Wharf Holdings Limited. He has served as President of Lingnan University; Professor and Director of the Centre of Asian Studies of the University of Hong Kong; Chairman of Hong Kong’s Consumer Council; as an Executive Councillor of the Hong Kong Government; and as a Legislative Councillor. He is now the Chairman of the HKU SPACE Board of Directors, a Board Director of the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, a Distinguished Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, and Honorary Professor of the Open University of Hong Kong. Professor Chen joined First Pacific’s Board in 1993.
Philip Fan Yan Hok
Independent Non-executive Director
Age 68, Mr. Fan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Operations Research from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Management Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Fan had been an Executive Director of CITIC Pacific Limited in charge of industrial projects in China. Prior to his retirement as the Executive Director and General Manager of China Everbright International Limited, he made significant contribution to the company’s leadership position in the Chinese Waste-to-energy industry.
Mr. Fan is also an Independent Non-executive Director of China Everbright International Limited, Hysan Development Company Limited, China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited and PFC Devices Inc. He joined First Pacific’s Board in December 2012.
Age 55, Ms. Lee graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Economics and Accounting from the University of Leeds, UK and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bradford, UK. She obtained her Chartered Financial Analyst qualification in 1989.
Ms. Lee has 30 years in investment management, having worked with the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Chase Manhattan and Morgan Grenfell. She was appointed Managing Director/Chief Investment Officer at Commerzbank Asset Management Asia in 1997. In 2001, Ms. Lee co-founded BowtieAsia Pte Ltd, which matched private equity investments in the technology space using an internet platform, a precursor to “crowdfunding”. In 2002, she was made a Fellow of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Lee was the Deputy Chief Investment Officer of the Investment Office of the National University of Singapore. In 2008, she founded Athenaeum Limited, a boutique investment manager of Asian Pacific funds. The funds business was sold to Azimut Group in 2016. Since 2018, Ms. Lee has started an advisory and consultancy partnership to cater to Asian Family Offices.
Ms. Lee has served on the board of directors of Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd, Aetos Security Pte Ltd and ECICS Holdings of the Temasek Holdings stable of companies. She was on Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Financial Sector Review Committee on the Liberalisation of the Stockbroking Industry in 1997 and the Business Development Review Group for the Merged Exchange in 1998.
Ms. Lee currently serves on the Board of The Community Foundation of Singapore, Arts House Ltd. and the Governing Council of Singapore Institute of Management. She joined First Pacific’s Board in September 2015.
Margaret Leung Ko May Yee, SBS, JP
Independent Non-executive Director
Age 65, Mrs. Leung holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong. She was the Vice-Chairman and CEO of Hang Seng Bank Limited and Chairman of Hang Seng Bank (China) Limited prior to her retirement on 30 June 2012. Mrs. Leung also held various pivotal positions in HSBC Holdings Plc and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited from February 1978 until 30 June 2012. She was also an Independent Non-executive Director of the Hong Kong listed Swire Pacific Limited, Hutchison Whampoa Limited and China Construction Bank Limited. Mrs. Leung was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Hang Seng Management College and Hang Seng School of Commerce until March 2013, and a Member of the Advisory Board and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Hong Kong Export Credit Insurance Corporation until December 2010.
Mrs. Leung is a council member and Treasurer of the University of Hong Kong. She is the Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Chong Hing Bank Limited, and an Independent Non-executive Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and Li & Fung Limited. Mrs Leung joined First Pacific’s Board in December 2012.
Age 78, Ambassador del Rosario received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from New York University.
He served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines from February 2011 to March 2016 and as Philippine Ambassador to the United States of America from October 2001 to August 2006. Prior to entering public service, Ambassador del Rosario was on the Board of Directors of over 50 firms, his business career for over four decades has spanned the insurance, banking, real estate, shipping, telecommunications, advertising, consumer products, retail, pharmaceutical and food industries.
Ambassador del Rosario was conferred the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu, the Order of Lakandula with a Rank of Grand Cross (Bayani) and was recipient of the EDSA II Presidential Heroes Award. He was granted the 2013 Professional Chair for Public Service and Governance by Ateneo School of Government and the Metrobank Foundation, 2014 Management Man of the Year by Management Association of the Philippines, 2016 Outstanding Government National Official, 2016 Asia CEO Awards as Life Contributor, and Manuel L. Quezon Gawad Parangal as Quezon City’s Most Outstanding Citizens for 2016. He was also elevated to the Xavier Hall of Fame in New York City in 2006 and received the AIM Washington Sycip Distinguished Management Leadership Award in 2011. He was conferred Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) for principled commitment to democracy, integrity and the rule of law by the College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York City in 2015. He received the Rotary Club Makati West’s first “Albert del Rosario Award” in 2016, the Outstanding Leadership in Diplomatic Service award by Miriam College Department of International Studies and Philippine Tatler’s Diamond Award.
He is Co-founder of Gotuaco del Rosario Insurance Brokers Inc., the Chairman of Philippine Stratbase Consultancy Inc. and Stratbase ADR Institute, Inc. Ambassador del Rosario is a Director of Sarimonde Foods Corporation, Rockwell Land Corporation and Asia Insurance (Phil.) Corporation. He is also a trustee of the Carlos P. Romulo Foundation for Peace & Development and Philippine Cancer Society, Inc. A member of Asia Society Global Council and an Advisory Board of Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and CSIS Southeast Asia Program.
Ambassador del Rosario joined First Pacific as an Independent Non-executive Director in June 2003 and served as a Non-executive Director from 2004 until March 2011. He re-joined First Pacific’s Board in June 2016. He is also a Director of Indra Philippines, Inc., PLDT Inc., Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, all of which are First Pacific Group subsidiaries or associate.
Age 66, Mr. Djuhar received a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New England in Australia. He has also completed the EMBA program at Cheung Kong School of Business Beijing in June 2014. Mr. Djuhar is Vice President Commissioner of PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk, a Director of Pacific Industries and Development Limited and a number of other Indonesian companies. He joined First Pacific’s Board in 1981.
Benny S. Santoso
Age 59, Mr. Santoso graduated from Ngee Ann College in Singapore. He serves as a Commissioner of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, a President Commissioner of PT Nippon Indosari Corpindo Tbk, a Commissioner of PT Fast Food Indonesia Tbk, a Director of PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk and as a member of the Advisory Board of PLDT Inc. He joined First Pacific’s Board in 2003.
Age 78, Mr. Tortorici received a Bachelor of Science from New York University and a Master of Science from Fairfield University. He has served in a variety of senior and executive management positions, including Corporate Vice President for Crocker Bank and Managing Director positions at Olivetti Corporation of America and Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation.
Mr. Tortorici subsequently founded EA Edwards Associates, an international management and consulting firm specialising in strategy formulation and productivity improvement with offices in USA, Europe and Middle East.
In 1987, Mr. Tortorici joined First Pacific as an Executive Director for strategic planning and corporate restructuring, and launched the Group’s entry into the telecommunications and technology sectors. Presently, he oversees corporate strategy for First Pacific and guides the Group’s strategic planning and corporate development activities. Mr. Tortorici is a Commissioner of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk, a Director of Philex Mining Corporation and an Executive Advisor of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation. He is also a Trustee of the Asia Society Philippines, an adviser for IdeaSpace Foundation and a Director of Jeti Investments. Mr. Tortorici serves on the Board of Advisors of the Southeast Asia Division of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served as a Commissioner of the U.S. ASEAN Strategy Commission.
Mr. Tortorici resigned on 30 August 2017 as an Executive Director of First Pacific due to retirement. He serves as an Executive Advisor of First Pacific until the end of 2018.
Age 62, Ms. Aquino was educated at the University of Santo Tomas (A.B.) and University of the Philippines (LL.B., cum laude) and qualified as a barrister in the Philippines in 1981. She joined Sycip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan Law Offices in the Philippines in 1980 where she became a partner in 1989.
Ms. Aquino’s practice focused on banking, finance and securities, construction and infrastructure, investments, mergers and acquisitions, and mining and natural resources.
Ms. Aquino is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MetroPac Movers Inc., the logistics company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation. She is also a Director of Philex Mining Corporation, First Coconut Manufacturing Inc., Philex Gold Philippine, Inc., PXP Energy Corporation, Silangan Mindanao Mining Company Inc., Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. Ms. Aquino joined First Pacific in 2012. She was appointed as Chief Risk Officer in August 2016 and her role was subsumed by a Risk Assessment Committee established in March 2018.
Ray C. Espinosa
Age 62, Mr. Espinosa has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Michigan Law School and is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He was a partner of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan from 1982 to 2000, a foreign associate at Covington and Burling (Washington, D.C., USA) from 1987 to 1988, and a law lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila School of Law from 1983 to 1985 and 1989.
Mr. Espinosa is a Director of PLDT Inc., Smart Communications, Inc., Manila Electric Company (Meralco), Roxas Holdings, Inc., Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Meralco PowerGen Corporation, First Agri Holdings Corporation and First Coconut Manufacturing Inc. He also serves as an Independent Director of Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company (Lepanto) and Maybank Philippines, Inc. (Maybank Philippines). He is the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Meralco, the Audit Committee and Nomination Committee of Lepanto and the Risk Management Committee of Maybank Philippines. Mr. Espinosa is the Chief Corporate Services Officer of PLDT and Smart, the General Counsel of Meralco and Head of PLDT’s Regulatory and Strategic Affairs office. He is also a trustee of the Beneficial Trust Fund of PLDT.
Mr. Espinosa joined First Pacific in 2013. He is First Pacific Group’s Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs and Head of Communications Bureau for the Philippines.
Age 66, Mr. Vargas was educated at Ateneo de Manila and University of Santo Tomas.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Director of First Pacific, Mr. Vargas was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Maynilad Water Services, Inc. He joined PLDT in 2000 as its Human Resources Group Head and through his stay at PLDT got involved in managing the PLDT Business Transformation Office, Asset Protection and Management Group, and the PLDT International Carrier Business. He has worked in senior roles at Union Carbide, Pepsico, Colgate Palmolive and Citigroup.
He is a Director of the PLDT Subic Telecom, Inc. and PLDT Clark Telecom, Inc., President and Member of the Board of Trustees of the First Pacific Leadership Academy, Trustee of the MVP Sports Foundation, and IdeaSpace Foundation and President of the PhilPop Music Fest Foundation. Mr. Vargas was elected President of the Philippine Olympic Committee in February 2018.
Mr. Vargas joined First Pacific in January 2016, overseeing First Pacific Group businesses operating in the Philippines and its region, particularly focus leading the Business Transformation of PLDT.
Maisie M.S. Lam
Executive Vice President, Group Human Resources
Age 63, Ms. Lam received a Diploma from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University/Hong Kong Management Association. She joined First Pacific in 1983.
Joseph H.P. Ng
Executive Vice President, Group Finance
Age 55, Mr. Ng received an MBA and a Professional Diploma in Accountancy from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr. Ng joined First Pacific in 1988 from PriceWaterhouse’s audit and business advisory department in Hong Kong. Prior to his appointment as Executive Vice President, Group Finance in May 2002, Mr. Ng was Group Treasurer of the First Pacific Group and served in several senior finance positions within the Group.
Age 52, Mr. Ryan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Connecticut and completed a Master of Philosophy course on Slavonic and East European Studies at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. He spent several years as a financial journalist, opening and leading Bloomberg’s Moscow bureau for five years in the early 1990s and later joining Dow Jones as Bureau Chief over the period 1998–2004 in Moscow and Hong Kong. Mr. Ryan subsequently served as Head of Corporate Communications, Asia Pacific for HSBC’s wholesale bank. He joined First Pacific in 2010.
Age 41, Mr. Yang received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He oversees the Group’s corporate development activities including mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, and other portfolio company growth initiatives. Prior to joining First Pacific, Mr. Yang worked at Deutsche Bank where he led investment banking coverage for the diversified industrials sector in Asia. He also previously served as a director in Deutsche Bank’s mergers and acquisitions department, where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and leveraged investment transactions in Asia and the United States. Mr. Yang began his career in New York where he gained transaction experience in principal investments and investment banking. He joined First Pacific in 2013 and is currently a Director of FPW Singapore Holdings Pte Ltd.
Richard P.C. Chan
Vice President, Group Financial Controller
Age 48, Mr. Chan received a BBA (Hons) degree from Hong Kong Baptist University and an MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Practising), a CFA charterholder and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has experience in auditing, accounting, finance and management spanning a diverse range of business activities. Mr. Chan joined First Pacific in 1996 from KPMG. Prior to his appointment as Vice President, Group Financial Controller in 2014, Mr. Chan was Vice President of Group Finance.
Age 54, Ms. Cheung received a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a member of the Hong Kong Investor Relations Association. She joined First Pacific in 1997 from the Public Affairs department of Wharf Limited and Wheelock and Company.
Age 60, Ms. Li received a BA from McMaster University in Canada and a MSc in Corporate Governance and Directorship from Hong Kong Baptist University. She is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Company Secretaries and The Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of Great Britain. Ms. Li joined First Pacific in 1987 from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s academic secretariat. Prior to that, she worked in the company secretarial department of Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. Li was appointed as First Pacific’s Company Secretary in 2003.
Age 48, Mr. Lin received a MSc in Management Sciences from the University of Southampton and a BSc in Economics and Statistics from Coventry University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Mr. Lin joined First Pacific in 1998 from KPMG where he was a Tax Manager. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Treasurer and Vice President of Group Tax in 2014, Mr. Lin was Vice President of Group Tax and Treasury.