ZOBEL DE AYALA
Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala is the Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation, the holding company of the oldest business group in the Philippines. Ayala Corporation has subsidiaries and affiliates in real estate development, telecommunications, banking and financial services, electronics manufacturing, water distribution, automotive dealerships, business process outsourcing, and overseas real estate investments. It also recently ventured into power and transport infrastructure.
Apart from his responsibilities on the boards of the Ayala Group companies, Mr. Zobel is a member of various international and local business and socio-civic organizations, including the JP Morgan International Council and the Mitsubishi Corporation International Advisory Committee. He is also Chairman of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, a member of the Harvard University Asia Center Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation; the Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund Philippine Advisory Council and a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. He is also the Philippine Representative to the APEC Business Advisory Council.
Mr. Zobel was a Philippine TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) Awardee in 1999 and was awarded Management Man of the Year by the Management Association of the Philippines in 2006. In 2007, he received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, the school's highest recognition.
The Ayala group has integrated CSR in its corporate strategy. The parent company actively manages its portfolio to ensure that investments in property, banking, telecommunications, water infrastructure, electronics and information technology deliver innovative and high quality products and services to its stakeholders.
"In the Ayala group, we believe that the daunting task of leading our country to progress does not rest solely on the shoulders of government," explained Ablaza, "One of the better ways of participating in national development is the effective use of our core products and services to uplift the lives of the Filipino."
Meanwhile, programs driven by the Ayala Foundation and Ayala subsidiaries and affiliates are focused on education, information technology, livelihood, micro-finance, and community development"‚"areas that not only reflect the companies" core values but also form part of their core competencies.