Board of Directors and Officers

WALTER W. BROWN, Director and Chairman

Walter W. Brown, Filipino, 80, is Director and Chairman of A Brown Company, Inc. Prior to his re-election in December 2018 as Chairman of the Company, he was conferred as Chairman Emeritus in September 2016. He is also the Chairman of A Brown Energy & Resources Development Inc., Palm Thermal Consolidated Holdings Corporation, PeakPower Energy Inc. and Monte Oro Resources and Energy, Inc.  He is the Chairman Emeritus of Apex Mining Co., Inc., a company listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange.

He received two undergraduate degrees: B.S. Physical Science (1959) and B.S. Geology (1960), both from the University of the Philippines, and postgraduate degrees from Stanford University: M.S. Economic Geology (1963), and Ph.D. in Geology, Major in Geochemistry (1965). He was also a candidate in Master of Business Economics (1980) from the University of Asia & Pacific (formerly Center for Research & Communications).

He was formerly associated with the following companies as Chairman or as President or Director: Atok Big Wedge Co, Inc., Philex Mining Corporation, National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, Atlas Consolidated Mining Co., Philodrill Corporation, Petroenergy, Philippine Realty & Holdings Corporation, Dominion Asia Equities, Inc. (Belle Corp.), Palawan Oil & Gas Exploration (Vantage Equities), 7 Seas Oil Company, Inc. (Abacus), Universal Petroleum (Universal Rightfield), Sinophil Corporation, Asian Petroleum Corporation, Acoje Mining Corporation, Semirara Coal Corporation, Surigao Consolidated Mining Inc. (Suricon), Vulcan Industrial and Mining Corporation, San Jose Oil, Seafront Petroleum, and Basic Petroleum. He was also Technical Director of Dragon Oil, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

He is currently Chairman and Director of Family Farm School (PPAI), Chairman and President of Studium Theologiae Foundation, and President of Philippine Mine Safety & Environment Association (PMSEA), and lifetime member of the Geological Society of the Philippines.  He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Xavier University from 2003 to 2014, concurrently serving as Vice Chairman from 2006 to 2014.

ANNABELLE P. BROWN, Director

Ms. Annabelle P. Brown, Filipino, 77. Director of A Brown Company, Inc. from 1992 to present. She holds the position of: Treasurer since 1993 to July 2011, and Member of the Executive Committee and Corporate Governance Committee.

She is President and Director of PBJ Corporation; Chairman of the Board of Petwindra Media Inc.; Treasurer of Brown Resources Corporation; Treasurer/ Director of Bendana-Brown Holdings Corporation, Pine Mountain Properties Corporation.  She is also a Director of the following corporations: North Kitanglad Agricultural Corp., Cogon Corporation, Shellac Petrol Corp and Palm Concepcion Power Corporation. She has no directorship in other listed companies.

Her civic involvement includes: Founding Chairperson of Alalay sa Pamilya at Bayan (APB) Foundation, Inc. (2009 to present), Development Advocacy for Women Volunteerism (DAWV) Foundation, Inc. (1988 to present), Professional and Cultural Development for Women (PCDW) Foundation, Inc. (1979 to present); Consultant/Moderator of EDUCHILD Foundation, Inc. (1985 to present) and Chair of the Rosevale School, CDO (2011 to present).

Mrs. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City and is a candidate for a degree in Masters in Business Economics at the University of Asia and Pacific (formerly CRC).

For her outstanding contribution to the academe, business and socio-community development, Mrs. Brown is a recipient of several awards and citation, latest are the 2010 Soroptimists Award and 2010 UPCBA Distinguished Alumna Award.

ROBERTINO E. PIZARRO, Director and President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Robertino E. Pizarro, Filipino, 65, was elected as President and Chief Executive Officer on December 7, 2018. Prior to his current position, he was an Executive Chairman beginning September 2016 until March 2017 when it was changed to Chairman. He was the President of the company from August 2003 to Sept. 2016.  He finished the course on Strategic Business Economic Program at University of Asia and the Pacific (Aug 2002–Aug 2003). He was the former (2017 to 2018) and is the present President and Member of the Board of Directors of Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  He is also the President of ABERDI, Brown Resources Corporation, NAKEEN Corporation (February 26, 1997 to present), Xavier Sports and Country Club (1999 to present), Simple Homes Development, Inc., Bonsai Agricultural Corporation and Minpalm Agricultural Co., Inc. (2004 to present). He was the former President and now Director of Philippine Palmoil Development Council, Inc. (PPDCI).

As three-time elected President of Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation (2017, 2018 and 2020), Mr. Pizarro presides the 422-member chamber. He will espouse increased and satisfied membership; and calls for its members to take advantage of the Duterte administration’s thrust to develop the countryside and to ramp up economic activities in the rural areas. These economic benefits mean development of the city and its neighboring areas, bringing in tourists, increasing the number of business meetings and conventions, and promoting a conducive business atmosphere. He is also an advocate of the Metro Cagayan de Oro.

Mr. Pizarro is in the forefront of introducing new concepts for urban planning, infrastructure and land management focusing on real estate development in Mindanao.  Under his leadership, ABCI introduced Cagayan de Oro’s first mixed-use, nature-themed, well-planned integrated residential subdivision, the Xavier Estates. ABCI also developed Northern Mindanao’s first agri-residential subdivision in Bukidnon; first residential resort in Misamis Oriental; and the first residential estates in Caraga Region located beside a driving range and a golf course.  The demand for ABCI real estate properties continue to be strong due to its idyllic views, high elevation and flood-free locations, well-developed infrastructure with wide main roads, centralized water system and tree-lined streets and landscaped roadways.

As Director and former President of the Philippine Palm Oil Development Council, Inc. (PPDCI), he espoused agriculture development and job creation in the countryside. New interests and investments in the oil palm industry were created during his term. During the 8th National Palm Oil Congress, which he chaired, the utilization of unproductive lands and promotion of economic stability through investments in the palm oil industry was highlighted.

He has no directorship in other publicly-listed companies.

ELPIDIO M. PARAS, Independent Director

Engr. Elpidio M. Paras, Filipino, 66, Independent Director, June 28, 2002 to present.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science major in Mechanical Engineering from the De La Salle University (1974).  He is the President and CEO of Parasat Cable TV, Inc. (1991 to present), UC-1 Corporation (2002 to present), Arriba Telecontact, Inc. (2005 – present). , Trustee – Promote Northern Mindanao Foundation, Inc. (2005 to present), President – Cagayan de Oro Chamber (2007), Chairman of the Board of Trustees – Xavier University (2007 to 2016) and independent director of Southbank. He is a founding member of the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders (PSOD).  He was also a Board member of the Cagayan de Oro International Trade and Convention Center Foundation, Inc. (2005). He is also a member of PhilAAPA (Philippine Association of Amusement Parks& Attractions), and Member of the Board of trustees of Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital, Inc. (MRXUH). He was also three-time Pres. and Chairman of the Philippine Cable TV Association and currently he is a Board Director for the Mindanao area. He is a trustee in the Tourism Congress of the Philippines.

He has no directorship in other publicly-listed companies.

THOMAS G. AQUINO, Independent Director

Dr. Thomas G. Aquino, Filipino, 71, Independent Director since March 12, 2012 to present. He has professional expertise in several fields namely business strategy, trade, investments and technology promotions, industrial policy and international trade negotiations.

He is Senior Fellow at the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P). He specializes in economic policy related to reinvigorating manufacturing for regional and global competition.  He is Chairman of NOW Corporation, a publicly listed firm engaged in telecommunications, media and technology, and an Independent Director of Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc., also a publicly listed firm involved in property development and power generation in Mindanao. He is Chairman of REID Foundation, a provider of economic solutions experts to partners on reform packages to facilitate inclusive economic growth and development.

Dr. Aquino was formerly Senior Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry. He managed international trade promotions by assisting exporters to the country’s trade partners and led the country’s trade policy negotiations in the World Trade Organization and Asean Economic Community and representation in Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. He was the lead negotiator for the Philippines-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, the first modern bilateral free trade agreement for the Philippines. He was conferred the Presidential Service Award (or Lingkod Bayan) for extraordinary contribution of national impact on public interest, security and patrimony and was recipient of the Gawad Mabini Award with the rank of Grand Cross (or Dakilang Kamanong) for distinguished service to the country at home and abroad by the President of the Republic of the Philippines. He is a member of the Philippines APEC Vision Group 2020.

He obtained a Doctorate in Management from IESE Business School, University of Navarre (Spain) in 1980, an MS in Industrial Economics from the Graduate School of CRC (now UA&P) in 1972 and an AB in Economics from the School of Economics, University of the Philippines in 1970.

ANTONIO S. SORIANO, Director

Atty. Antonio S. Soriano, Filipino, 71, Director from Aug 2007 to present and Corporate Secretary (June 2002 to Nov. 2008). He obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of the East in 1974 and was admitted to the Bar in 1975.  He is the Senior Managing Partner of Soriano, Saarenas & Llido Law Office.  He acts as the Corporate Secretary of the following:  RISE Foundation, Inc. (1994 to present), ICS Development Corporation (1980 to present), PACEMAN General Services (1993 to present), Kagayhaan-Davao Resources Management Corporation (1994 to present), Kagayhaan – Cagayan de Oro City Resources Management Corporation (1993 to present), Chairman of Xavier Sports and Country Club (2000 to present), and Roadside Shops, Inc. (2000 to present).  He is the Chairman of Cagayan de Oro Medical Centre, Philippine National Red Cross and First Industrial Plastic Ventures, Inc. (present).   He is also active in civic and professional organizations like Integrated Bar of the Phils. – Misamis Oriental Chapter (Vice-President 1984-1986), Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro City (IPP & SAG), Philippine Association of Voluntary Arbitrators (member – 1994) and Court of Appeals Mediation-Mindanao Station (member – 2007).  He was also elected as Vice Mayor of Cagayan de Oro City from 1992-1995 and member of the City Council of the same city from 1988-1992.  During his tenure he was able to pass several ordinances and resolutions that contributed to the development of the City. He has no directorship in other publicly-listed companies.

JOSELITO H. SIBAYAN, Director

Joselito H. Sibayan, Filipino, 61, was appointed as Director and Treasurer of A Brown Company, Inc. on March 28, 2017. His designation as Treasurer has ceased with the appointment of Mr. Joel A. Bañares on May 04, 2017. Currently, he is an Independent Director of Apex Mining Co. Inc. and SM Prime Holdings, Inc., publicly-listed companies. He is also President and CEO of Mabuhay Capital.

Prior to forming Mabuhay Capital, he was the Vice-Chairman of Investment Banking-Philippines and Philippine Country Manager for Credit Suisse First Boston (1998-2005).  He held various positions from Senior Vice-President, Head of International Fixed Income Sales to Executive Director and Chief Representative at Natwest Markets (1993-1998). He was also the Head of International Fixed Income Sales at Deutsche Bank in New York (1988-1993).  He spent 32 years in investment banking with experience spanning securities sales and trading, capital-raising, and mergers & acquisitions advisory.

Mr. Sibayan obtained his MBA from the University of California in Los Angeles and his B.S. Chemical Engineering from De La Salle University – Manila.

 

RENATO N. MIGRIÑO, Director and Treasurer

Mr. Renato N. Migriño, Filipino, 70, is currently the Treasurer of Apex Mining Co., Inc. and an Independent Director of Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation, both listed companies. Mr. Migrino is also a Director and Treasurer of Monte Oro Resources & Energy, Inc. Prior to his joining A Brown, Mr. Migriño was Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President for Finance, and Compliance Officer of Philex Mining Corporation, Director and Chief Financial Officer of Philex Gold Inc., and Director of FEC Resources Inc., Silangan Mindanao Mining Co., Inc., Brixton Energy & Mining Corporation and Lascogon Mining Corporation. He was also formerly Senior Vice President & Controller of Benguet Corporation.

He was formerly the Treasurer (from September 1, 2015 to March 28, 2017) and a Director (from September 28, 2016 to March 28, 2017) of A Brown Company, Inc.

JUN HOU, Director

Mr. Jun Hou, Chinese, 48, holds the position of Executive Chairman of Huli Fund Philippines, a firm that specializes in buyout investments especially in real estate, energy, minerals, and health industries. He is the President of Yi Ding Tai International Corporation from 2012 to present, a company which conducts its operations in the Philippines and based in the People’s Republic of China.

Mr. Hou has been with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in both the United States and Hong Kong branches. He has extensive experience in international investment banking.

Mr. Hou obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern Financial University and attended SBEP at the University of Asia & the Pacific.

MARIE ANTONETTE U. QUINITO, Chief Finance Officer

Atty. Marie Antonette U. Quinito, Filipino, 43, joined the A Brown Group of Companies in November 2013 as Comptroller. She was appointed as Chief Finance Officer effective September 1, 2015 until December 31, 2017. Thereafter, she was appointed as Vice President-Comptroller effective January 1, 2018. She assumed the Chief Finance Officer effective March 1, 2019 upon the resignation of Ignacio A. Manipula. She was formerly a Director of the company.

She finished her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy at the University of San Carlos Cum Laude in 1997.  She became a Certified Public Accountant in December the same year.  She finished her Masters in Business Administration at Southwestern University last May 2003.  She finished her Bachelor in Laws at Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan last May 2009 and passed the bar examination given last November 2011.  She is a candidate for Doctor in Education Planning and Supervision.  She has also taken courses with institutions such as the Asian Institute of Management and American Management Association.

She started as a Staff Auditor of Sycip, Gorres Velayo and Company, CPAs in November 1997.  She joined the Multi Stores Corporation, Operator of SM Department Store Cebu in July 1998.  After almost five years she was promoted to Finance and Admin Manager and was transferred to Shopping Center Management Corporation- Cagayan de Oro, the operator of SM Mall Cagayan de Oro.  She spent fifteen (15) years of her life with the SM Group of Companies.

JOHN L. BATAC, Vice-President – Construction and Development & Chief Operating Officer

Engr. John L. Batac, Filipino, 51, AVP from Aug 2008 until he was appointed as VP effective June 2014. He was elected concurrently as Chief Operating Officer starting January 1, 2019. He is a Civil, Sanitary and Geodetic Engineer. He graduated from the University of the East in 1991 for his Civil Engineering course, at National University in 1994 for Sanitary Engineering and at The University of Northern Eastern Philippines in 1998 for Geodetic Engineering. He used to be an Instructor at International Training Center for Surveyors (Sept 1991 to April 1995), a Manager for Project Development of A Brown Company, Inc. (May 1995 to July 2000) and a Technical Consultant of Green Square Properties Corp. (2000 to 2008). He is also a member of the following organizations: Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers (PSSE) and Geodetic Engineers of the Philippines (GEP).

PAUL FRANCIS B. JUAT, Vice President

Mr. Paul Francis B. Juat, Filipino, 27, is appointed as Vice President of A Brown Company Inc. effective January 1, 2019. He is a director of Atok-Big Wedge Co., a publicly listed company since May 31, 2018. He is also a director of Brownfield Holdings Corporation, North Kitanglad Agricultural Company, Inc., PBJ Corporation, and Pacific Bougainville Holdings Corporation. He also currently serves as Assistant to the President of Apex Mining Co., Inc. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

JASON C. NALUPTA, Corporate Secretary

Jason C. Nalupta, Filipino, 48, is the Corporate Secretary of the Corporation. He is also currently the Corporate Secretary or Assistant Corporate Secretary of listed firms Asia United Bank, Crown Asia Chemicals Corporation, and Pacific Online Systems Corporation. He is also a Director and/or Corporate Secretary or Assistant Corporate Secretary of private companies Sino Cargoworks Agencies, Inc., Falcon Resources, Inc., Mercury Ventures, Inc., Total Gaming Technologies, Inc., Parallax Resources, Inc., SLW Development Corporation, Metropolitan Leisure & Tourism Corporation, Sagesoft Solutions, Inc., Radenta Technologies, Inc., Xirrus, Inc., Glypthstudios, Inc., Loto Pacific Leisure Corporation, and Sta. Clara International Corporation. He is a Partner at Tan Venturanza Valdez Law Offices specializing on corporate, securities, and business laws. Mr. Nalupta earned his Juris Doctor degree, as well as his Bachelor of Science degree in Management (major in Legal Management), from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1996 and 1992, respectively. Mr. Nalupta was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1997.

DANIEL WINSTON C. TAN-CHI, Assistant Corporate Secretary

Daniel Winston C. Tan-chi, Filipino, 41, is appointed Assistant Corporate Secretary of A Brown Company Inc. effective October 25, 2017.

Currently, he is the Corporate Secretary of Palm Thermal Consolidated Holdings, Hydro Link Projects Corp., Masinloc Consolidated Power, Inc., AB Bulk Water Company, Inc. and another 33 non-listed companies.

He has 15 years of experience in the legal services industry with a solid background in the areas of Project and Debt Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Labor Disputes and Real Estate.

Mr. Tan-chi is a Partner in the law firm of Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos where he started his career in 2005.

He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Legal Management in 2000. He also received his Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila Law School in 2004.

ALLAN ACE MAGDALUYO, Compliance Officer

Allan Ace Magdaluyo, Filipino, 40, is appointed Compliance Officer of A Brown Company Inc. effective October 25, 2017. He started his career in A Brown Company, Inc. as Investor Relations Officer in June 2010 and promoted as Finance Manager and Senior Finance Manager in 2012. He graduated his BS Accountancy degree at Mindanao State University – Marawi as Magna Cum Laude and College Leadership Awardee in 2000. He took and passed the May 2001 CPA Board Examination. After obtaining his CPA license, he worked as an Accountant II in the Department of Education – Division of Agusan del Sur before he embarked on his graduate studies. He graduated his Master of Science in Finance degree at University of the Philippines – Diliman in 2008 and had completed his academic units for a Master in Public Administration at Bukidnon State University – San Francisco External Studies in 2004. He obtained his license as a Real Estate Broker in 2011 and Real Estate Appraiser in 2013.

Previously, he worked as internal auditor for an IT software firm in Makati and had also a short stint as a college instructor when he was still working in his province.

Executive Committee:

  • Chair: Walter W. Brown
  • Members: Robertino E. Pizarro                     

                               Annabelle P. Brown

                               Antonio S. Soriano

Audit Committee:

  • Chair: Elpidio M. Paras
  • Members: Thomas G. Aquino                   

                               Antonio S. Soriano

Risk Committee:

  • Chair: Thomas G. Aquino
  • Members: Elpidio M. Paras                     

                               Antonio S. Soriano

Corporate Governance Committee:

  • Chair: Elpidio M. Paras
  • Members: Thomas G. Aquino                   

                               Annabelle P. Brown

                               Robertino E. Pizarro

Related Party Transaction Committee

  • Chair: Thomas G. Aquino
  • Members: Elpidio M. Paras                     

                               Joselito H. Sibayan

Board of Directors Charter

Board Committee Charters