Board of Directors
DR. ANDREW L. TAN
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Tan is the founder of the Company and has served as its Chairman and President since its incorporation in 1989. He pioneered the live-work-play-learn model in real estate development through the Company’s integrated township communities, fueling the growth of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry. He embarked on the development of integrated tourism estates through publicly-listed Alliance Global Group, Inc. and Global-Estate Resorts, Inc., which he both chairs, while continuing to focus on consumer-friendly food and beverage and quick service restaurants. Mr. Tan serves as Chairman of the Board of Empire East Land Holdings, Inc., a publicly-listed subsidiary of the Company, and Suntrust Properties, Inc., a subsidiary engaged in the development and marketing of affordable housing projects. He also serves in the boards of other Megaworld subsidiaries including Eastwood Cyber One Corporation, Megaworld Land, Inc., Megaworld Central Properties Inc., Megaworld Bacolod Properties, Inc., Mactan Oceanview Properties and Holdings, Inc., Megaworld Newport Property Holdings, Inc. and Richmonde Hotel Group International Limited. He is also the Chairman of Emperador Inc., a public-listed company which owns Emperador Distillers, Inc., the leading brandy manufacturer and distributor in the Philippines. Mr. Tan is Chairman of Megaworld Foundation, the Company’s corporate social responsibility arm, which primarily focuses on the promotion of education through scholarship programs for financially handicapped but deserving students, and supports causes that promote poverty alleviation, people empowerment, social justice, good governance and environmental conservation. He is a director of Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc., which owns Resorts World Manila, and the food and beverage companies, Emperador Distillers, Inc. Alliance Global Brands, Inc. and Golden Arches Development Corporation.
KATHERINE L. TAN
Ms. Tan has served as Director of the Company since 1989. She is concurrently a Director and Treasurer of publicly-listed Alliance Global Group, Inc. and Emperador Inc. She has extensive experience in the food and beverage industry and is currently Director and Corporate Secretary of The Bar Beverage, Inc. and Director and President of Andresons Global, Inc., Raffles & Company, Inc., The Andresons Group, Inc. and Choice Gourmet Banquet, Inc. She is also a Director and Treasurer of Alliance Global Brands, Inc. and Emperador Distillers, Inc.
KINGSON U. SIAN
Mr. Sian has served as Director of the Company since April 13, 2007. He joined the Megaworld Group in September 1995 as Senior Vice President and is currently Executive Director of the Company. He is concurrently Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of publicly-listed Alliance Global Group, Inc. and Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. He is the Chairman and President of Prestige Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and Luxury Global Hotels and Leisure, Inc., the Senior Vice President of Megaworld Land, Inc. and the President of Eastwood Cyber One Corporation. Mr. Sian was formerly a Vice President of FPB Asia Ltd/First Pacific Bank in Hong Kong from 1990 to 1995. Prior to that, he was connected with Citicorp Real Estate, Inc. in the United States from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Sian graduated from the University of the Philippines with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Economics. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration for Finance and Business Policy from the University of Chicago.
ENRIQUE SANTOS L. SY
Mr. Sy has served as Director of the Company since July 2009. He was formerly a Vice President for the Corporate Communications & Advertising Division of the Company until his retirement in March 2011. He is concurrently a Director of publicly-listed Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. and a Director of Eastin Holdings, Inc. and First Oceanic Property Management Inc. He is also a Director and the Corporate Secretary of Asia Finest Cuisine, Inc. and Soho Café & Restaurant Group, Inc. and Corporate Secretary of Empire East Communities, Inc. Mr. Sy previously worked as Advertising Manager of Consolidated Distillers of the Far East, Inc., Creative Director of AdCentrum Advertising, Inc., Copy Chief of Admakers, Inc. and Peace Advertising Corporation, and Creative Associate of Adformatix, Inc. Mr. Sy graduated with honors from the Ateneo de Manila University with the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts.
JESUS B. VARELA
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Varela has served as Director of the Company since June 2016. He concurrently serves as independent director in the boards of publicly-listed, Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. and Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc. He is also the Director General of International Chamber of Commerce Philippines and Board Regent of Unibersidad de Manila. He is the President of Foundation for Crime Prevention, Philippine Greek Business Council and Philippine Peru Business Council. He is also a Director and Chair of Governance & Investment Committee of Oil & Petroleum Holdings International Reserve, HK Ltg. (OPHIR, HK Ltd) and Honorary Chairman of Euro Exim Consultancy Limited. Mr. Varela has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of marketing, human resources, international labor affairs, agriculture, and commerce, among others. He has done executive work with the Department of Agriculture, National Food Authority Council, Philippine Genetics, Inc., National Irrigation Administration, Philippine Planters Products, National Agri- Business Corporation, Agriculture Anti-Smuggling Task Force, and Nautical Highway Board. He served as Labor Attaché to Kobe, Japan, to the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Island, and to Athens. Mr. Varela obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Ateneo De Manila University. He attended training courses in Labor Administration and Policy Formulation under the International Labor Organization/ARPLA program, the Corporate Planning Course at the Center for Research Communication, Foreign Exchange Training by Metro Bank and Forex Club of the Philippines, Systems Analysis by the Presidential Management Staff, Asian Productivity Seminar and other in-house seminars conducted by the Department of Labor and the Development Academy of the Philippines.
CRESENCIO P. AQUINO
Atty. Aquino is currently the Managing Partner of The Law Firm of CP Aquino & Partners. He concurrently serves as independent director in the boards of publicly-listed, Global-Estate Resorts, Inc. and Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. He is a graduate of the San Sebastian College Manila with degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. Atty. Aquino has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors as Director of Clark Development Corporation from 2012 to 2016., Independent Director of Suntrust Home Developers, Inc. from 2009 to 2012, Corporate Legal Counsel of MBF Card and One Card Corporation from June 1998 to May 2004, Special Assistant and Chief Legal Counsel of the Government Service Insurance System from September 1992 to June 1998, Director of the Meat Packaging Corporation of the Philippines from September 1992 to June 1998, Personnel and Administrative Manager, Corporate Secretary and Chief Legal Counsel of ComSavings Bank from September 1992 to June 1998, and Executive Director of the Department of Interior and Local Government from 1988 to 1992, and concurrently Ex-Officio Commissioner of the DILG with the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board also for the same period. Atty. Aquino was formerly an Associate Professor with the San Sebastian College. Atty. Aquino has been a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines since 1978 and is also a member of the Capitol Bar Association, Knights of Columbus, and the Lawyers League of the Philippines.
ALEJO L. VILLANUEVA, JR.
Mr. Villanueva, Filipino, is an Independent Director MREIT Property Managers, Inc. and Director of Ridgeview Estates Nuvali Homeowners Association, Inc., a non-stock, non-profit corporation. He is a professional consultant who has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of training and development, public relations, community relations, institutional communication, and policy advocacy, among others. He has done consulting work with the Office of the Vice President, the Office of the Senate President, the Commission on Appointments, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Home Development Mutual Fund, the Home Insurance Guaranty Corporation, Department of Agriculture, Philippine National Railways, International Rice Research Institute, Rustan’s Supermarkets, Louis Berger International (USAID-funded projects on Mindanao growth), World Bank (Subic Conversion Program), Ernst & Young (an agricultural productivity project), Chemonics (an agribusiness project of USAID), Price Waterhouse (BOT program, a USAID project), Andersen Consulting (Mindanao 2000, a USAID project), Renardet S.A. (a project on the Privatization of MWSS, with World Bank funding support), Western Mining Corporation, Phelps Dodge Exploration, and Marubeni Corporation. Mr. Villanueva obtained his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from San Beda College, summa cum laude. He has a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii under an East-West Center Fellowship. He also took up special studies in the Humanities at Harvard University. He studied Organizational Behavior at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He taught at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business, the UST Graduate School, and the Asian Institute of Journalism.