TG LimcaocoCFO & Managing Director
"The Philippine economy is expected to grow way below expectations this year and next, but can still be expected to be one of the fastest growing economies in Emerging Asia."
- Capital Economics
About 6th CFO Innovation Philippines Forum
The World Bank has recently projected the Philippines' GDP growth at 6.5% for 2019, much below the government's 7% - 8% target.
The Philippine government is also operating on a reenacted budget for the first time in 9 years, which threatens to result in a 5-months "implementation gap" for new projects, including the delivery of public goods, services and infrastructure to foster inclusive growth - worsened by the ban on state spending ahead of the May 2019 mid-term elections.
How should the CFOs as the co-driver of corporate growth strategy, anticipate, prioritize, and fortify the enterprise against this bumpy ride?
Amidst uncertain geopolitical conditions, how can they reap the benefits of the country's strong macroeconomic fundamentals, easing inflation, and the continued policy reform drives (e.g. Trabaho) of the current administration, to their advantage?
Designed exclusively for CFOs and the distinguished upper tier of finance in the country, the 6th CFO Innovation Philippines Forum presents a unique opportunity for our senior audience to network, collaborate and solve the most pertinent business challenges facing the finance function in the country, in order to sustain in 2019 towards a stronger 2020 and beyond.
Who should attend?
CFOs, MDs, VPs, Directors, GMs, and Senior Managers, involved in:
Coming from a "bitter-sweet" economic ride in 2018, cautious optimism is the common sentiment of the Philippines' business sector, as the economic outlook can face a few twists and turns in the form of geopolitical tensions, upcoming general elections, major tax reforms etc.
The pace at which business is accelerating is increasing exponentially, and this trend is sure to continue. The new challenges for CFOs igniting this accelerating pace of business can be broken down into 2 key areas: Business Trends and Technology Trends. This session takes CFOs on a journey to better understanding the implications of these trends for the CFO and the business, and offers a strategy on how to get started on unlocking an organization’s digitization journey.
Sustainability, which encompasses environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, is increasingly positioned at the top of board agendas. By fostering more proactive identification, measurement, and disclosure of ESG risks, CFOs can provide critical insight into how the company is protecting value, and in turn, drive stakeholders' confidence.
The role of the modern CFO is changing as finance departments across enterprises keep evolving. As the unit becomes more strategically-focused, more value-focused and more future-oriented, what are few emerging traits that we need to look for and emulate?
As the data ecosystem multiplies exponentially, organizations are challenged in controlling their data assets. CFOs now need to enhance more accurate and timely data collection, analysis, reporting capabilities to strengthen overall business performance and strategic planning
To stay ahead of competition CEO’s and the business need the finance function to give them useful business insights and not only a set of lagging KPI’s with a post-mortem of what went wrong. How does the CFO develop the Finance organization to be a trusted business partner which understands the business and uses the data/tools available to effectively drive resource allocation and strategic planning? What is the right balance between short-term vs long term and how much internal control is healthy?
International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
Light Rail Manila Corp.
Asian Development Bank
Association for Financial Professionals
Bank of the Philippine Islands
St. Luke's Medical Center
UnionBank of the Philippines
Southeast Asia, Japan, Israel, eBay
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TG Limcaoco is the Chief Finance Officer of Ayala Corporation, the oldest Philippine business house with interests in real estate, banking, telecommunications, utilities, energy, industrial technologies, infrastructure, healthcare and education. He is also its Chief Risk Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer. Prior to his current role at Ayala, he held roles as President of BPI Family Savings Bank and BPI Capital Corporation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Globe Telecom and of Integrated Microelectronics Inc and is an independent director of SSI Group Inc. He was named as the ING-Finex CFO of the Year in 2017. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his BS in Mathematical Sciences (Honors Program) from Stanford University.
Fortune Ernest Jose is currently the CFO of Udenna Corporation’s Education and Food and Beverage sectors. Concurrently, he oversees financial aspects of all F&B brand developments of the Group, through Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to these roles, he got connected to the PowerSource Group, Shell Business Operation, A.J. Jimenez & Associates (in Philippines) and Schlumberger (in Malaysia, UAE and India). As an Accredited Tax and Accounting Public Practitioner, Fortune founded Ernest Management Consultancy and F. Jose & Associates CPAs.
Shahzad Mahmood is a senior finance leader at IBEX, a leading organization in BPO space. He is the CFO of IBEX Philippines, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Senegal. He is a 'Chartered Accountant' and a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) with 19 years of very diverse experience. Shahzad has been in the Philippines for the last six years and has been instrumental in the growth of IBEX’s business in the Philippines, Latin America, Caribbean, and Western Africa. He as previously worked with Axiata, Grant Thornton, and Deloitte. Shahzad is a strategist, a visionary and has an excellent grasp of global trade.
Rafael Jose Consing Jr. has 30 years of extensive investment banking, corporate finance and treasury management experience. Having joined the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) in April 2007, he is now Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer, and concurrently the Head of Corporate Affairs and Governance. Rafael also serves as a board member of several of ICTSI's Philippine and international subsidiaries. To date, ICTSI has successfully executed several global financings, including several award winning Perpetual Capital Securities issuances.
Marco Duay is the CFO for Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC). Prior to LRMC, he was with Ayala Corporation where he was involved in the evaluation and execution of new investments and monitoring of select assets. Marco also previously worked for various investment banks in New York, where he advised clients on M&A and capital raises. Marco has worked and studied in five different countries: the Philippines, United States, United Kingdom, France and Singapore. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University and obtained his MBA with distinction from INSEAD.
Mandeep Chhatwal has held various finance roles at Nestlé for over 30 years, in India, Sri Lanka and Switzerland. He is currently the CFO of Nestlé Philippines, managing four operating companies with a combined annual turnover of close to USD 3 billion. He is responsible for the operating profit, working capital, cash flow, legal and fiscal reporting, corporate governance, tax, treasury, internal controls, audit and IT. Leading the company’s finance and control, he formulated a KPI framework, management information system policies, and accounting reporting standards to enable the delivery of strategic imperatives. Mandeep is also a regular and highly-rated speaker and workshop leader for senior finance professionals at Nestlé’s global training center in Switzerland. He was evaluated as an exceptional performer and a Nestlé talent for 20 consecutive years.
Prior to her role as the CFO at Samsonite Philippines, Joy Abot, was the Finance Controller of Fonterra Brands Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Consultant with Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards. Over the past 30 years, Joy has been exposed to various functions of the business within and beyond Finance with experience in providing decision support, planning (operational and strategic), forecasting, financial evaluation and analysis, and management reporting. Joy has extensive experience in all facets of finance and accounting – General Accounting, Cost Accounting, Taxation, Cash Management, Treasury and Budgeting.
Ace Sager is the Commercial Finance Director and a member of the Senior Executive Team of SAP Philippines.
Ace is responsible for Commercial Contract Negotiations and also serves as the local representative of SAP’s Regional CFO as well as the main finance contact for the Shared Service Operation in the Philippines.
Prior to joining SAP, Ace held different Accounting roles in various companies in Australia such as Toys R Us, LG Electronics, Laing O’Rourke, Macquarie Group and The Rainbow Serpent among others.Ace graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Philippine Business School of Business Administration (PSBA) and continued his studies in Australia at Western Sydney University. Ace is also a Tax Institute Fellow and completed his Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2010.
Pauline Mercado, has been with ZALORA Philippines since November 2017 as the company’s CFO. She spent much of her career in Ayala Corporation, handling various functions including FP&A, corporate finance and business development covering businesses in the utilities, education and business outsourcing space. Pauline earned her CPA license in 2007 and became a CFA Charterholder in 2014.
Dr. Jong Woo Kang is principal economist at the Economic Research and Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is a seasoned economist with extensive knowledge and experiences on policy and strategic issues. He was Senior Advisor to the Managing Director General of ADB and Senior Economist at Strategy and Policy Department at ADB. He leads the annual publication of Asian Economic Integration Report. Areas of his research interest include regional integration, inclusive growth, macroeconomic and international trade policies and aid effectiveness. He published articles in economics journals such as Journal of Development Economics and Journal of World Trade. Before joining ADB, he was director at Ministry of Finance and Economy of Korea until 2006. He had got his BA in economics and MA in public administration from Seoul National University, and Ph D in economics from University of Washington.
Jim Kaitz is President and CEO of AFP, an association that represents over 16,000 treasury and financial professionals globally. The organization established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional® and Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis Professional® credentials, setting standards of excellence in finance. The AFP Annual Conference is the largest networking event for corporate finance professionals. He was formerly EVP and COO of Financial Executives Institute, a professional association of over 14,000 senior financial executives representing 8,000 companies in the United States.
Prior to joining FEI in 1988 as the VP of Government Relations, he was Manager, Trade and Business Affairs at Baxter Healthcare Corporation. He was Director, Government Relations for the Scientific Apparatus Makers Association and joined FEI’s Washington Office in 1983. He was legislative assistant to the Honorable James Shannon (D-MA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
He is a 1978 graduate of Georgetown University.
Nicholas Mapa is a trained Economist with a passion for economic development and nation building. Previously, he has worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Asia & the Pacific, Research Analyst the Central Bank of the Philippines and as an Economist for the Bank of the Philippine Islands. Presently, he is a senior economist at ING Bank Manila. He also holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities from the University of Asia & the Pacific. He earned scholarships to complete a Master's degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University, graduating cum laude and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business of Indiana University.
Joseph John L. Ong is the Vice President - Corporate Planning of Udenna Corporation and board member of South Pacific, Inc. He was formerly the Chief Finance Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc., a subsidiary of Udenna Corporation. Before joining the Udenna Group in 2010, Joseph John was EVP for Operations and CFO of Primeworld Digital Systems (Pacific Internet Phils.) and VP for Treasury of Ginebra San Miguel (La Tondeña Distillers) where he headed the team that took the company public in 1994 and was primarily responsible for institutional-investor relations. Prior to that, he held various positions at the Bank of the Philippine Islands and Ayala Investment & Development Corp. He graduated from De La Salle University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce.
Allan Quijano brings over a decade of experience in healthcare, telco and manufacturing. He was concurrently the CFO and Head of Business Development for Reliance Care after his initial stint in St Luke’s as the VP of Finance. Prior to that, Allan spent 3 years in Globe Telecom where he headed the Business Planning Analytics Group. He is now back at St Luke’s as the VP of Corporate Planning and Business Development. Allan is also an Assistant Professorial Lecturer at the DLSU Graduate School of Business where he has been teaching for close to 10 years. He graduated with a degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University and obtained his MBA (Major in Finance) at the Asian Institute of Management as an ADB-JSP Scholar.
Rizalito Oades is currently the EVP & Chief Strategy Officer of a mini-conglomerate engaged in food commissary, logistics, retail and property businesses. He served solid years as chief financial officer of certain corporate brands involved in gaming, coffeeshop, supermarket, manufacturing, as well as in nationwide distribution of pharmaceutical and consumer products. Riz’ works has been greatly involved in successfully implementing changes, executing turnaround and transformation initiatives, as well as supporting mergers and acquisitions.
Carlo Asuncion is currently the Chief Economist of UnionBank. He leads UnionBank's Economic Research Unit under the Corporate Planning Group. He oversees the publication of the Bank's various daily, weekly, and special economic research and analysis reports. He is largely in charge of all bank activities related to macroeconomic analyses and surveillance, economic forecasting, macroeconometric modelling and other markets research. He graduated from the University of the Philippines Baguio with a double-major in Economics and Political Science. He also has pursued a Master of Science in Economics degree from the De La Salle University-School of Economics. Prior to UnionBank, Carlo did research consulting at the Asian Development Bank and taught economics courses at the De La Salle University-Manila.
Rong Qian is the new Senior Economist for Philippines. She previously worked in Latin America region, where she was the country economist for Chile, Nicaragua, and more recently, part of the Brazil Macro team. She has lead Development Policy Operations for Panama, and contributed numerous analytical work with a focus on growth, productivity, and fiscal policy. Rong joined the Bank in 2011 as Young Professional and spent her first year in Research Department where she focused her research on sovereign defaults and financial crises. Prior to that, she worked as summer associate in the Congressional Budget Office and the International Monetary Fund. She holds a Ph.D in Economics from University of Maryland.
James (Zichen) Qiu is a Corporate Finance leader in e-Commerce and digital industry with around 10 years of global leadership experience and worked over 10+ countries in USA, UK, Europe, Asia and Australia. James is the Head of Finance/Regional CFO for eBay Southeast Asia/Japan/Israel, based in APAC HQ Singapore.
He is responsible for all aspects of Finance, from Financial Planning, Business Data Analytics, P/L management to Controllership.Prior to joining eBay, James held a variety of finance and commercial leadership positions of increasing responsibilities at GE, GE Capital, Singapore TEMASEK Holdings’ portfolio company, and did his M.B.A. internship in Investment Banking and Private Equity, respectively.James earned his M.B.A. from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), with Alfred P. Sloan, Jr (Former Chairman, CEO of General Motors Corporation) Fellowship. And he received the scholarship for his B.A. degree in Economics with high distinction from the University of Macau.
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