Leadership

PHA is proudly led and managed by experts at the top of their fields. Get to know the movers at the helm of the Company’s strategic directions and ongoing initiatives here.

Board of Directors

Subsidiary Heads

Management Team

Augusto M. Cosio, Jr.

Chairman

Mr. Cosio (age 70), “Gus” among friends and social media followers, was elected as a Regular Director and Chairman of PHA in December 2020. 

His career as an international capital markets practitioner started in 1977 with Banque Nationale de Paris, and then with Banque Paribas in 1984. Until 1994, he operated for the global bank in major financial centers all over the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, Tokyo, London, and New York.

Having worn many hats in his decades-long career, Gus has held senior management roles in reputable institutions such as Senior Vice President of SB Capital and Security Bank, Vice President of Bank Austria Private Banking – Hong Kong, and President of PNB Securities and First Metro Asset Management Inc.

He was also a member of the board of the Philippine Stock Exchange, as well as an active member of First Metro Investment Corp.’s investing committee. Additionally, he served as consultant to the Mutual Fund Company of the Philippines (Kabuhayan Fund) and the GSIS Mutual Fund (Kinabukasan Fund). At present, he is the President and CEO of the listed company MRC.

Outside of his commitments in the financial and investment industries, Gus runs his own BPO start-up, Trec Global, and is an advocate for road safety and responsible driving, being a Board of Trustees member of the Automotive Association of the Philippines.

Read More

Having worn many hats in his decades-long career, Gus has held senior management roles in reputable institutions such as Senior Vice President of SB Capital and Security Bank, Vice President of Bank Austria Private Banking – Hong Kong, and President of PNB Securities and First Metro Asset Management Inc.

He was also a member of the board of the Philippine Stock Exchange, as well as an active member of First Metro Investment Corp.’s investing committee. Additionally, he served as consultant to the Mutual Fund Company of the Philippines (Kabuhayan Fund) and the GSIS Mutual Fund (Kinabukasan Fund). At present, he is the President and CEO of the listed company MRC.

Outside of his commitments in the financial and investment industries, Gus runs his own BPO start-up, Trec Global, and is an advocate for road safety and responsible driving, being a Board of Trustees member of the Automotive Association of the Philippines.

Roberto B. Ortiz

President and CEO

Mr. Ortiz (age 70) was elected as the President and CEO of PHA in December 2021. 

Known to close friends and family as Bob, he was a director and the previous Group CFO of the company prior to his most recent appointment.

An accomplished financial and management consultant, Bob boasts 28 years of experience as a valued CFO and Board Member of various local and multinational corporations in the manufacturing, retail, and commodities trading industries. His previous work brought him to Joaquin Cunanan and PricewaterhouseCoopers, while his current advisory engagements are with the Energy Regulatory Commission and Eastern Securities Development Corporation. At present, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Co.

Outside of his commitments to championing MSMEs in the Philippines, Bob is a writer, editor, and avid advocate for children.

Read More

An accomplished financial and management consultant, Bob boasts 28 years of experience as a valued CFO and Board Member of various local and multinational corporations in the manufacturing, retail, and commodities trading industries. His previous work brought him to Joaquin Cunanan and PricewaterhouseCoopers, while his current advisory engagements are with the Energy Regulatory Commission and Eastern Securities Development Corporation. At present, he is the Chairman of the Board of the Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Co.

Outside of his commitments to championing MSMEs in the Philippines, Bob is a writer, editor, and avid advocate for children.

Raul Ma. F. Anonas

Executive Vice President & COO, Chief Information Officer (CIO), and SEC Compliance Officer

Mr. Anonas (age 60) was elected as a Regular Director of PHA in September 2012.

An entrepreneur and corporate finance veteran with more than ___ years in the industry under his belt, Raul is known for his expertise in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, and project financing. He also has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and has successfully managed start-up companies to fruition.

He was previously the Chairman of Rosabaya Distributors Inc. and Humabon Distributors, as well as the Vice-Chairman of First Ardent Property Development Corp. He also previously took the mantle of President & CEO for Rajawali Resources and Holdings Inc.

Raul graduated with a Management degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University.

Read More

He was previously the Chairman of Rosabaya Distributors Inc. and Humabon Distributors, as well as the Vice Chairman of First Ardent Property Development Corp. He also previously took the mantle of President & CEO for Rajawali Resources and Holdings Inc.

Raul graduated with a Management degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University.

Brandon P. Leong

Director & Treasurer

Mr. Leong (age 37) was elected as a Regular Director of PHA in December 2020.

He is a Director and the Vice President of Operations for Eastern Securities Development Corporation (ESDC) and the Business Unit Lead of Round One, the country’s first equity crowdfunding platform.

A graduate of the University of California Irvine with a degree in Sociology and Business, Brandon is well-equipped in navigating the industry’s regulatory landscape while maintaining a high level of business efficiency. 

Outside of his current commitments, he provides market education, financial literacy, and fintech consultation for teams and organizations seeking to create their digital footprint in the Philippines’ financial landscape. With his unique background in both finance and technology, he provides key insights and solutions to the challenging interface between customers and the organizations aspiring to deliver innovative financial services. 

Read More

A graduate of the University of California Irvine with a degree in Sociology and Business, Brandon is well-equipped in navigating the industry’s regulatory landscape while maintaining a high level of business efficiency. 

Outside of his current commitments, he provides market education, financial literacy, and fintech consultation for teams and organizations seeking to create their digital footprint in the Philippines’ financial landscape. With his unique background in both finance and technology, he provides key insights and solutions to the challenging interface between customers and the organizations aspiring to deliver innovative financial services. 

George Y. SyCip

Director

Mr. SyCip (age 66) was elected as a Regular Director of PHA in February 2018.

An accomplished entrepreneur, George began his career in banking. He has served as CFO of United Savings Bank, a leading provider of banking services to California’s Asian communities and a major originator of home mortgages in the US during the 1980s.

At present, he is the President of Halanna Management Corporation and a Founder and Principal in Galaxaco China Group LLC. He also sits on several corporate boards, including Alliance Select Foods International, Inc., Asian Alliance Investment Corporation, Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Bank of the Orient, and Paxys, Inc.

As an advisor, George provides counsel to Cityland Development Corp., as well as a variety of companies in their cross-border endeavors between the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Passionate about non-profit work, he serves as a Trustee or Director for several organizations, including the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Give2Asia, Global Heritage Fund, and the California Asia Business Council.

George graduated with an International Relations/Economics degree from Stanford University, With Distinction, and holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Read More

At present, he is the President of Halanna Management Corporation and a Founder and Principal in Galaxaco China Group LLC. He also sits on several corporate boards, including Alliance Select Foods International, Inc., Asian Alliance Investment Corporation, Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Bank of the Orient, and Paxys, Inc.

As an advisor, George provides counsel to Cityland Development Corp., as well as a variety of companies in their cross-border endeavors between the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Passionate about non-profit work, he serves as a Trustee or Director for several organizations, including the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Give2Asia, Global Heritage Fund, and the California Asia Business Council.

George graduated with an International Relations/Economics degree from Stanford University, With Distinction, and holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Augusto Antonio C. Serafica Jr.

Director

Mr. Serafica (age 60) was elected as a Regular Director during the Board meeting on May 2010 and became Chairman in March 2011 until December 2014. Mr. Serafica is the President & CEO of Premiere Horizon and was again elected as Chairman on February 6, 2018 until December 2020.

Mr. Serafica was the Managing Director of Asian Alliance Investment Corporation and Asian Alliance Holdings & Development Corporation. He is also a Regular Director of Marcventures Holdings Inc. and Bright Kindle Resources Inc.

Mr. Serafica is a veteran investment banker with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, fundraising and placement and business development. Industries that he is quite versed with are mining, real estate, and technology.

Mr. Serafica is also the past Chairman of the AIM Alumni Association and was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen & Professionals. A CPA, Mr. Serafica earned his BA in Accountancy from San Beda College and acquired his MA in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management.

Read More

Mr. Serafica is a veteran investment banker with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, fundraising and placement and business development. Industries that he is quite versed with are mining, real estate, and technology.

Mr. Serafica is also the past Chairman of the AIM Alumni Association and was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen & Professionals. A CPA, Mr. Serafica earned his BA in Accountancy from San Beda College and acquired his MA in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management.

Eugene T. Tan

Director

Mr. Tan (age 59) was elected as a Regular Director of PHA in October 2021. 

As a corporate financier and capital markets practitioner, Eugene has held various senior management roles in reputable institutions. He was an Independent Director of KGI Securities (Taiwan) Co. Ltd and KGI Securities (Thailand) Pcl, as well as an Independent Advisor of Power Sector Asset and Liabilities Management Corp.

He was previously a Management Associate/Manage of the Institutional Bank of Citibank, N.A.; Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets – Asia for the Oppenheimer Investments Asia Limited; Managing Director and Head of the Financial Institutions Group – Asia, ex-Japan of HSBC Investment Bank; Managing Director for Greater China of Rothschild (Hong Kong) Limited and for Argyle Street Management; Director and Head of the Financial Institutions Group – Asia, ex-Japan for Salomon Smith Barney; Director and Head of the Equity Capital Markets for ING Barings; Associate/Vice President of the Global Finance/Corporate Finance (New York) for Goldman, Sachs & Co.; and the Co-CEO of Shanxi Securities International, where he was responsible for building the ECM/DCM/M&A and primary international distribution.

At present, Eugene is the Co-CEO of the Oriental Patron Asia Ltd., where he manages its corporate finance, capital markets, M&A, sales and distribution businesses, and private investment business lines. He is also the Industrial Zone Task Force Director of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, which advises the Hong Kong government on SME businesses.

Eugene graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Business Administration and Accountancy. He went on to become an Arjay Miller Scholar and Deloitte and Touche Accounting Awardee at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he obtained his Master of Business Administration, With Distinction.

Read More

He was previously a Management Associate/Manage of the Institutional Bank of Citibank, N.A.; Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets – Asia for the Oppenheimer Investments Asia Limited; Managing Director and Head of the Financial Institutions Group – Asia, ex-Japan of HSBC Investment Bank; Managing Director for Greater China of Rothschild (Hong Kong) Limited and for Argyle Street Management; Director and Head of the Financial Institutions Group – Asia, ex-Japan for Salomon Smith Barney; Director and Head of the Equity Capital Markets for ING Barings; Associate/Vice President of the Global Finance/Corporate Finance (New York) for Goldman, Sachs & Co.; and the Co-CEO of Shanxi Securities International, where he was responsible for building the ECM/DCM/M&A and primary international distribution.

At present, Eugene is the Co-CEO of the Oriental Patron Asia Ltd., where he manages its corporate finance, capital markets, M&A, sales and distribution businesses, and private investment business lines. He is also the Industrial Zone Task Force Director of the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, which advises the Hong Kong government on SME businesses.

Eugene graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Business Administration and Accountancy. He went on to become an Arjay Miller Scholar and Deloitte and Touche Accounting Awardee at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he obtained his Master of Business Administration, With Distinction.

Elizabeth C. Timbol

Independent Director

Ms. Timbol (age 52) was elected as an Independent Director of PHA in December 2021.

Her banking career began with Guagua Rural Bank, Inc., where she learned the ins and outs of the trade by rising through the rank and file posts to the senior management positions. Throughout her tenure, Elizabeth transformed the operations of the bank by introducing a modern system with new technologies, resulting in more efficient staff, better client relationships, higher revenues, and successful territorial expansion. She now sits at its helm as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

She is also the visionary leader of ElTi Group of Companies, founder of Happy Hearts Foundation, and President and CEO of GMER Real Estate and Development Corp. and Hotel EuroAsia.

Elizabeth graduated with a Commerce degree, major in Legal Management, from De La Salle University. She obtained her Masters Degree in Business Administration from Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Read More

She is also the visionary leader of ElTi Group of Companies, founder of Happy Hearts Foundation, and President and CEO of GMER Real Estate and Development Corp. and Hotel EuroAsia.

Elizabeth graduated with a Commerce degree, major in Legal Management, from De La Salle University. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Felipe Judan

Independent Director

Mr. Judan (age 74) was elected as a Regular Director of PHA in December 2019.

He boasts decades-long experience and expertise in the logistics and shipping industry, having served as an Undersecretary of Maritime Affairs at the Department of Transportation. At the time, he had direct oversight of the Maritime Industry Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Ports Authority, Cebu Ports Authority, and Philippine Merchant Marine Academy.

His track record also includes being the COO and Director of Southwest Maritime Group of Companies, where he was also the President of its various subsidiaries such as Southwest Tankers, Inc., Southwest Gas Corporation, and SW United Professional Services, Inc. Additionally, he was the President of the National Shipping Corporation of the Philippines, Chairman of Interpacific Shipping Corporation, and director of Philippine National Construction Corporation and National Trucking & Forwarding Corp.

Felipe graduated Cum Laude from the University of the East with a Business Administration degree. As a Certified Public Accountant, he worked with SGV and became a scholar at the Asian Institute of Management, where he obtained his Masters in Business Management.

Outside of his commitments to the Company, Felipe is the President of the Federation of Philippine Amateur Senior Golfers Association, Inc. and the Confederation of ASEAN Senior Golfers Associations.

Read More

His track record also includes being the COO and Director of Southwest Maritime Group of Companies, where he was also the President of its various subsidiaries such as Southwest Tankers, Inc., Southwest Gas Corporation, and SW United Professional Services, Inc. Additionally, he was the President of the National Shipping Corporation of the Philippines, Chairman of Interpacific Shipping Corporation, and director of Philippine National Construction Corporation and National Trucking & Forwarding Corp.

Felipe graduated Cum Laude from the University of the East with a Business Administration degree. As a Certified Public Accountant, he worked with SGV and became a scholar at the Asian Institute of Management, where he obtained his Master in Business Management.

Outside of his commitments to the Company, Felipe is the President of the Federation of Philippine Amateur Senior Golfers Association, Inc. and the Confederation of ASEAN Senior Golfers Associations.

Atty. Roberto V. San Jose

Corporate Secretary

Atty. San Jose (age 80) was elected as a Director in May 2015 and has been the Corporate Secretary of the Company since 1996.

He has led an illustrious legal career as a corporate law practitioner since placing first in the 1966 Philippine Bar Examinations.

A member of the Philippine Bar, he is a Name Partner of the Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon and San Jose Law Offices. He is also the current Corporate Secretary of Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc.; Solid Group, Inc.; Philweb Corp.; FMF Development Corp.; and Anglo Philippines Holdings Corp. 

Additionally, he is also the Chairman and Director of Mabuhay Holdings Corp., as well as the Director and/or Corporate Secretary of the CP Group of Companies, CP Equities Corp., Atlas Resources Management Group, and MAA Consultants, Inc. 

Roberto graduated Summa Cum Laude from De La Salle University with a Pre-Law degree. He then obtained his Law Degree from the University of the Philippines, where he graduated as Magna Cum Laude and Class Valedictorian.

Read More

A member of the Philippine Bar, he is a Name Partner of the Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon and San Jose Law Offices. He is also the current Corporate Secretary of Alsons Consolidated Resources, Inc.; Solid Group, Inc.; Philweb Corp.; FMF Development Corp.; and Anglo Philippines Holdings Corp. 

Additionally, he is also the Chairman and Director of Mabuhay Holdings Corp., as well as the Director and/or Corporate Secretary of the CP Group of Companies, CP Equities Corp., Atlas Resources Management Group, and MAA Consultants, Inc. 

Roberto graduated Summa Cum Laude from De La Salle University with a Pre-Law degree. He then obtained his Law Degree from the University of the Philippines, where he graduated as Magna Cum Laude and Class Valedictorian.

Atty. Ana Maria Katigbak-Lim

Assistant Corporate Secretary

Atty. Katigbak (age 53) has been the Assistant Corporate Secretary of the Company since ___.

As a corporate law practitioner, she specializes in securities, business counseling, and foreign investments.

She is also a Director and/or Officer of publicly-listed companies and registered membership clubs, including Boulevard Holdings, Inc.; Mabuhay Holdings, Inc.; Solid Group, Inc.; The Metropolitan Club, Inc.; AJO.net Holdings, Inc.; and PhilWeb Corp.

A member of the U.P. Women Lawyers’ Circle, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Comparative Literature. She also obtained her Law Degree from the same university, before completing the Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law program at the Cornell Law School – Universite Paris Pantheon.

Read More

She is also a Director and/or Officer of publicly-listed companies and registered membership clubs, including Boulevard Holdings, Inc.; Mabuhay Holdings, Inc.; Solid Group, Inc.; The Metropolitan Club, Inc.; AJO.net Holdings, Inc.; and PhilWeb Corp.

A member of the U.P. Women Lawyers’ Circle, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Comparative Literature. She also obtained her Law Degree from the same university, before completing the Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law program at the Cornell Law School – Universite Paris Pantheon.

PHA Organizational Structure