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The certification titles after my name are but the badges of functions I found myself in my 15 combined years of working in finance (CPA), insurance (CII Award), audit (CIA), IT (CISA), transformation (CLSSGB), and management (FICD). 

Currently, I am a Board member and SVP/CFO of AIG entities in the Philippines (PH), Guam & Micronesia, overseeing insurance operations & finance functions in-country and in India service centers, and liaising with other governance functions in Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, London, and New York. Before this, I had the same role in QBE Insurance, where I led various clean-ups, reorganization, and improvement initiatives in its PH operations.

In 2010, after passing opportunities to work abroad, I started my own family. I built an insurance career with NatRe - a publicly listed, life and general reinsurance firm, with a stake in Asian Re and controlled by PH’s largest conglomerates - Yuchengco, BPI & GSIS. Hereafter, I held diverse leadership roles in Audit, Compliance, IT, Projects & Finance that allowed me to execute several transformation initiatives that led to 400% increase in audit productivity in 2010; 23% improvement in corporate governance rating in 2011 - making it the highest in the industry and among PH’s top 50 publicly-listed company; 40% optimization in workforce leading to almost USD1.1M annual recurring savings starting in 2013, which increased to USD1.3M a year after. All these culminated with my appointment as VP & Head of Finance in 2016.

Looking back to my roots, KPMG's Risk Advisory Services served as my training ground, after earning an accounting degree from San Sebastian College and passing the CPA board exam in 2006. Eventually, I was fast-tracked to managerial level due to my exposure to various high-profile engagements and clients. The firm also gave me opportunities to work in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, collaborating with multiple clients of diverse nationalities and cultures.

After 12 years of working, I pursued further studies in economics at UA&P, to have a fresh perspective in business and management, and prepare in establishing my own FinTech/InsurTech company in the future.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Mar 2018Present

Senior Vice President (SVP) & Chief Financial Officer (Philippines, Guam & Micronesia)

AIG

Oversees the insurance operations and finance functions of the organizations in the Philippines, Guam, & Micronesia markets (around 8 entities, including shared service entity - Guam Insurance Adjusters), covering controllership, investment, treasury, and financial planning, and analysis. These include processes undertaken in-country and functions that are done in the: AIG Centers in India (Controllership); Japan (Treasury); London (Investments); Singapore (Actuarial); and China (Capital Management).

Lead Mentor, Asia Pacific Mentoring Circle for High Potential Employees      Mentor, India Young Professionals (Employee Resource Group)                    Member, Asia Pacific Procurement Steering Committee (AIG 200 Strategic Initiatives)

MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Legal Entities in Philippines, Guam & Micronesia) - Concurrent (Mar 2018 - Present):

Monitors and oversees the implementation of the local Company’s strategy, in line with the Global business strategy of AIG.

Chairman, Investment Committee
Member, Risk Oversight Board Committee
Management Representative, Audit Board Committee

Mar 2017Feb 2018

Vice President (VP) & Chief Financial Officer, Emerging Markets - Asia Pacific (Philippines)

QBE Insurance

Responsible for establishing and controlling the financial systems and administrative services of the company, and providing financial information to Chief Executive, Board of Directors and Regional Management.

Ensures all Management, Financial accounting and Investment activities and administrative activities are performed to achieve its strategic goals.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Led the cleanup, reorganization and improvement in the financial operations of the Company. 

CHIEF REGULATORY COMPLIANCE OFFICER - Concurrent (Mar 2017 - Feb 2018): Oversee regulatory compliance requirements of the organization, including representation and coordination to regulators.

Jul 2015 Mar 2017

Vice President (VP) & Head of Finance, Accounting & Administration

National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines

Accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, including the development of financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, & the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. Also responsible for overseeing the operations of Management & Technical Accounting and directly managing Treasury and Office Services.

VP & HEAD OF TREASURY - Concurrent (Jul to Dec 2016) - provide overall direction and coordination to the treasury functions of the organization.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Sponsored almost 20 projects that resulted in significant improvement in the operational efficiency of the function. Benefits include a 33% improvement in receivable days and breakeven operating cash flow, after 8 years of negative flow.

SAVP & HEAD OF OFFICE SERVICES - Concurrent (Jan 2015 to Dec 2016): Responsible for day-to-day activities related to procurement, billing and record-keeping, agency personnel management, and logistics within the organization.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Managed operating expenses which resulted in 20% lower than the prior year.

SAVP & HEAD OF CREDIT & COLLECTIONS - Concurrent (Nov 2015 to Jul 2016): Responsible for overseeing the collection efforts of approximately $130m accounts receivable balances.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Led and managed collection visits to 66 clients in less than 30 days. Established collection protocol, escalation and monitoring process, which led to achievement of annual target in one quarter.

SAVP, HEAD OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING & CHIEF ACCOUNTING OFFICER  (Jul 2015 - Jul 2016): Responsible for ensuring that all accounting and internal control requirements of the Corporation.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Led and managed improvements in the function. Benefits include minimum annual savings of almost USD 0.11 million.

Aug 2014 Jul 2016

Senior Assistant Vice President (SAVP) & Head of Transformation (Projects & Support) Office

National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines
  • Responsible for managing the implementation of corporate programs and priorities
  • Oversees the operations of IT Services and Office Administration

    KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Initiated and sponsored almost 54 projects that resulted in significant improvement in operational efficiency of the Company

SAVP & HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY SERVICES - Concurrent (May 2014 to Jul 2016): Responsible for the management of all operational activities of the IT Services function, as well as provide direction and support for IT solutions that enhance mission-critical business operations. Works closely with decision-makers within the Company to identify, recommend, develop, implement, and support cost-effective technology solutions for all aspects of the business. Manage the IT infrastructure of the Company, which includes SAP, Oracle, AS 400, and other in-house developed applications.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Initiated and led almost 55 projects that resulted in significant improvement in the operational efficiency of the function. Benefits include minimum annual savings of USD 0.16 million.

SAVP & HEAD OF GENERAL SERVICES - Concurrent (Jan to Jul 2016): responsible for day-to-day activities related to procurement, billing and record-keeping, agency personnel management, and logistics within the organization.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Initiated and led almost 52 projects that resulted in significant improvement in the operational efficiency of the function. Benefits include minimum annual savings of USD 0.06 million.



Nov 2010 Aug 2014

Assistant Vice President & Head of Internal Audit / Chief Audit Executive

National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines
  • Responsible for leading all aspects of internal audit function, this includes: planning, budgeting, hiring and training, strategy development, risk assessment, project management, management reporting, continuous improvement, talent development, and quality control.
  • Reports directly to the Audit Committee and administratively to the President / CEO, and handled reporting requirements of the Audit Committee to the Board and regulatory agencies.
  • Served as Adviser to the President / CEO for Corporate Planning and Risk Management matters

    KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Led a minimum of 30 internal audit engagements each year. A total of 656 recommendations were provided to operating and senior management from 2011 to 2014 to improve their processes and operations, 72% of which are either being implemented or implemented already. Benefits include 40% optimization in manpower, leading to almost USD 1.10 million annual savings.

SENIOR MANAGER & DEPUTY HEAD OF COMPLIANCE - Concurrent (May 2011 ­to Jun 2012): Responsible for the establishment and creation of Compliance unit that oversee regulatory and internal compliance requirements of the organization.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Assisted the Audit Committee of the Board in the establishment of Compliance and Governance function that led to improvement in corporate governance rating from 64% to 86.57%, the highest in the industry and among the top 50 publicly-listed company in the country in 2011

SENIOR MANAGER & DEPUTY HEAD OF INTERNAL AUDIT (Nov 2010 to Jun 2012): Responsible for the management of all internal audit engagements and reporting to the Audit Committee.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S): Standardized internal audit methodology and working papers of the group that led to: 400% increase in productivity of the internal audit.

Jun 2006 Nov 2010

Associate Manager - Risk Advisory / Performance & Technology

KPMG
  • Led and managed multiple engagements (from start to finish, this includes planning, execution, closing, and budget management) and competing priorities in a rapidly growing, fast-paced, interactive, results-based team environment.
  • Heavily involved in conducting the business process, general IT controls and application review for multiple audit clients concurrently and on numerous systems and applications
  • Proficient in the use of IDEA, ACL and other data analysis tool


KEY MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS:

  • Led the practice development efforts on IT Strategy and IT Project Advisory Services
  • Head of Quality Management Team (Project Delivery)
  • KPMG Global Preferred Assessor for Vendor Security Compliance Reviews
  • IT Audit Facilitator (in support with KPMG Audit Methodology)
  • National Information Security Specialist

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENT(S)

  • Lead in-charge for five (5) audit seasons in the information risk management of the largest publicly listed food, beverage, and packaging company in Southeast Asia, currently diversifying to energy, infrastructure, and finance.
  • Project Manager in the first SAP Reinsurance Module implementation in Southeast Asia for a domestic professional reinsurance firm
  • Lead in-charge the forensic audit through data mining and database integrity testing using IDEA data analysis software for the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut flowers with a growing line of quality packaged foods

SUPERVISING SENIOR, PERFORMANCE & TECHNOLOGY (Jul ‘09 ­ - Jun ‘10)

SENIOR AUDITOR/ADVISOR, RISK ADVISORY (Nov 2008 ­ - Jun 2009)

SENIOR ASSOCIATE - RISK ADVISORY (Nov 2007 - Oct 2008)

ASSOCIATE - RISK ADVISORY (Jun 2006 - Oct 2007)