My certifications are but the badges of functions I found myself in the 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. Prior to this, I had same role in QBE Insurance for PH, where I led various clean-ups, reorganization and improvement initiatives in its financial operations.
In 2010, after passing opportunities to work abroad, I started building my own family and building an insurance career with NatRe - a publicly listed, life and general reinsurance firm, with shareholdings in Asian Re and controlled by PH’ 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 the PH’s top 50 publicly-listed company; 40% optimization in manpower leading to almost USD1.1M annual recurring savings starting 2013 and USD0.2M minimum annual recurring savings in manpower and outsourcing expenses starting 2014. All these culminated with my appointment as VP & Head of Finance in 2016.
Going back to my roots, I started in KPMG's Risk Advisory Services in 2006, after earning an accounting degree from San Sebastian College and passing the CPA board exam. Eventually, I was fast-tracked to managerial level due to my exposure in various high-profile engagements and clients. The firm also gave me opportunities to work in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, collaborating with various clients of diverse nationalities and cultures.
After 12 years of working, I pursued further studies in economics at UA&P, to give myself a fresh perspective in business and management, and prepare myself in establishing my own fintech/insurtech company in the future.