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Experienced management team with proven track record.

  • Possess deep expertise in the telecommunications sector with over 20 years of industry experience
  • Proven track record in building successful businesses, improving brand positioning and executing growth strategies
  • Taking NOW Corporation as a specific example, it was able to become a market leader in IT enterprise services and digital media development & production in three years under the leadership of the existing management team
Dr. Thomas G. Aquino, Chairman

Dr. Thomas G. Aquino is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. He was elected as member of the Board on June 2, 2016. He is currently the President of NOW Telecom Company Inc. (formerly Next Mobile, Inc.).

He is an Independent Member of the Board of Directors of ACR Corporation and A Brown Company Inc., publicly listed firms at the Philippine Stock Exchange. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of REID Foundation as well as Senior Fellow at the Center for Research and Communication of the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Dr. Aquino served at the Department of Trade and Industry as Acting Secretary and as Senior Undersecretary overseeing the country’s international trade promotions with trading partners and policy negotiations at the World Trade Organization  and in the ASEAN Economic Community. He was the overall lead negotiator for the country in the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement and country representative to the High Level Task Force on ASEAN Economic Integration.

For public service, Dr. Aquino was conferred the Presidential Service Award ( or Lingkod Bayan ) for extraordinary contribution of national impact on public interest, security and patrimony, and recipient of the Gawad Mabini Award  with the rank of Grand Cross ( or Kamanong ) for distinguished service to the country both at home and abroad. He was also conferred the Philippines-Japan Society Medal of Honor.

He obtained a Doctorate in Management from IESE Business School, University of Navarre (Spain), Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific, and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of the Philippines.

Atty. Jose S. Alejandro, Vice-Chairman

Atty. Jose S. Alejandro is the Vice-Chairman of the Company. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company on June 2, 2006 until March 22, 2007 when he resigned from said position and was elected as the Company’s President. He served as President until January 21, 2008.

Atty. Alejandro has also been a Member of the Board of Directors of NOW Telecom Company, Inc. (formerly Next Mobile, Inc.) since 1989 and he now serves as the Board’s Chairman. He is a business and management professional and leader with over 25 years of corporate experience.

He was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of East Asia Power Resources, a local publicly-­listed independent power producer during the period of local economic crisis (1997­1999), Country Manager for the Power Systems Business of General Electric Co. (1987­1995), and Vice President ­ Marketing at GE Philippines, Inc. and General Manger of GE Appliance Co. In these capacities, he led the growth and success of this leading U.S. global diversified corporation in the Philippines.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University, and is a member of the Philippine Bar.

Mel V. Velarde, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mel V. Velarde is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was previously elected Vice­ Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors on June 2, 2006 and served as such until March 22, 2007 when he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

On January 21, 2008, he resigned from his chairmanship and was again elected as Vice Chairman of the Board until June 2, 2011. He was elected as President of the Company on June 13. 2011.

Mr. Velarde is the Vice ­Chairman and the Chairman of the Executive Committee of NOW Telecom Company Inc. (formerly Next Mobile, Inc.). He is also the Chairman of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication.

He served as Philippine Commissioner to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (“UNESCO”) and Chairperson of the Committee on Science and Technology. Mr. Velarde has built a career in broadcasting, cable TV, telecommunications and information communications technology. He was former Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sky Cable, a cable TV company that became the largest in the Philippines.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Summa Cum Laude) at Boston University, Massachusetts, US. He completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He has also completed courses leading to a Masters Degree in Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific.  He has taken Strategic Planning, Marketing and Finance at the Asian Institute of Management.

In addition, he took up the following executive courses: Wealth Management at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania; Strategic Finance, University of Michigan; Corporate Restructuring and Business Transformation at Harvard Business School; Digital Marketing at Harvard Business School; Managing Businesses in China, Tsinghua University and Harvard Business School; Directing Documentaries at the London School of Film and Television; Broadcasting and Cable Television, Satellite Communications, Data and Internet Communications at the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI); Cybersecurity: Planning, Implementing and Auditing of Critical Security Controls (SANS, Washington D.C.); and Advanced and Competitive Sailing Certifications at the Swain Sailing School at Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, Caribbean.

Arch. Gerard Bnn R. Bautista, Director

Arch. Gerard Bnn R. Bautista was elected as a member of the Board of Directors on June 2, 2016.

He is also currently the Chairman of the University of Baguio Foundation. He is a partner in BNN Bautista Associates, an Architecture & Planning firm established in 1969, and the President of Eduplan Philippines, Inc., a leading educational pre­need insurance company. He is a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Makati, Greenbelt.

He is also currently a member of various associations, namely, the Harvard Architectural and Urban Society, the Harvard Club of the Phils., the Harvard Alumni Alliance for the Environment, the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, the Philippine Jaycees Senate, Rockwell Club, the Porsche Club of the Philippines, and the Rockwell Club, Baguio Country Club. He served as President of the Makati Jaycees.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architecture in the University of the Philippines. In 1987, he obtained post graduate studies in Information Technology for Architects in the Ateneo de Manila University. In 2002, he obtained post graduate studies in Financial Forecasting in the Center for Research and Communications in Mandaluyong.

Likewise in 2002, he obtained post graduate studies in Finance for Senior Executives in the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. He also obtained post graduate studies in Actual Planning and in School Planning and Design in Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architecture in the University of the Philippines. In 1987, he obtained post graduate studies in Information Technology for Architects in the Ateneo de Manila University. In 2002, he obtained post graduate studies in Financial Forecasting in the Center for Research and Communications in Mandaluyong. Likewise in 2002, he obtained post graduate studies in Finance for Senior Executives in the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City. He also obtained post graduate studies in Actual Planning and in School Planning and Design in Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Winnita V. Ysog, Director

Winnita V. Ysog, Filipino, Director, was elected as member of the Board of Directors on 02 September 2016.

She served as Marketing Manager of Wizard Academy, a school which offered preparatory education. She was the Managing Director of Altimax Broadcasting, Inc. In 2004, she held positions as the Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee and Vice-President of the Human Resource and Quality Administration of Next Mobile, Inc.

In 2009, she ventured into the beauty and wellness business and set-up Vanilla Spice. She is the President of Jonahs and Seths Holdings, Inc.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science, Major in Tourism degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, where she received an award of Proficiency in French. She also obtained her Masters in Management from the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City.

She is now the owner and founder of Mabuhay Ako – Bag of Life 360 and currently, the President of Rotary Club of Kamuning East, Rotary International District 3780.

Lucas C. Carpio, Jr., Independent Director

Lucas C. Carpio, Jr., 69, Filipino, packs more than 40 years’ experience in law practice, honed in fora as varied as the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals, the Regional, City and Municipal Trial Courts and quasi-administrative bodies like the Office of the Ombudsman.

He hails from Paoay, Ilocos Norte and comes after all from a family of lawyers. Jun, as he is fondly called, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from La Salle Manila in 1969, and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo de Davao University in 1975. After passing the bar in 1976, he joined the National Prosecution Service as a Prosecutor in Davao City in 1976. Four years later, he shifted to private practice. In 1984, he and his family moved from Davao to Manila, where he joined Security Bank and Trust Co as in-house counsel of its head office in Makati. In 1993, he joined the firm Yulo Quisumbing Torres Ali and Bello, the predecessor of what is now the Carpio & Bello Law Offices of which he is a name partner.

Vicente Martin W. Araneta III, Director

Vicente Martin W. Araneta III was elected as member of the Board of Directors on June 2, 2016.

Mr. Araneta is also a member of the Board of Directors and the Vice ­President for Innovative Marketing of ActivAsia, Inc., a 360­ degree marketing services company specializing in Out-­of-­Home, events, point-­of-­sale and channel activation, tourism marketing, sports marketing and creative services. He also serves as Director and President of Facilities, Inc. and as Chairman of Real Properties, Inc., the holding company of Facilities, Inc. and owner of the Palladium Subdivision.

He is a member of the Mandaluyong Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. and occupied various key positions including 1st Vice President­ Director for the period 2004-­2005. He is also a member of the Management Association of the Philippines and of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Associations, Inc.

Mr. Araneta is a member of the Ateneo Alumni Association, Inc. and served as a member of its Board of Directors for the period 2005­-2007 and 2009-­2012. He is also the President of Ateneo, Inc. and a member since 2011 of the Philippine Association of Congress Exhibitors/ Organizers & Suppliers, Inc. (PACEOS).

He is the incorporator of the Mandaluyong Business Foundation. Mr. Araneta also served as Director for the period 2004 to 2005 of the Philippine Science High School Foundation. He was also the Executive Director of North Philippines Visitors Bureau, Inc. for the period July 2008 to July 2010.

Ramon Guillermo R. Tuazon, Independent Director

 

Ramon Guillermo R. Tuazon was elected as member of the Board of Directors of the Company on June 2, 2016. Mr. Tuazon is also currently the President and Trustee of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, Inc. (AIJC).

He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Singapore-­based Asian Media Information Centre (AMIC). Since 2007, Mr. Tuazon was the Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education Technical Committee for Communication (TCC) and member of the CHED Technical Panel for Social Sciences and Communication.

Atty. Marlou Buenafe Ubano, Independent Director
Atty. Marlou Buenafe Ubano was elected as a member of the Board of Directors on June 2, 2016. Atty. Ubano has been in practice of law for fifteen years. He is the Founding Partner of the Ubano Sianghio & Lozada Law Offices which was established in June 2002. He is currently a Governor of Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Western Visayas Region.

He served as Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications from 2011 to 2013. He was the Commissioner of the Commission on Bar Discipline, Integrated Bar of the Philippines from 2005 to 2007. He also served as President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines ­ Capiz Chapter from 2007 to 2009 and again in 2011, and as Deputy Governor of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Western Visayas Region from 2011 to 2013. Atty. Ubano was awarded the Presidential Plaque of Merit from the IBP National President in 2007, and a Plaque of Recognition as the Most Outstanding IBP Capiz President in 2009. Atty. Ubano is a Member of the Asean Law Association and the Intellectual Property Association of the Phils., Inc. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science in the University of the Philippines.
Domingo B. Bonifacio, Independent Director

Domingo B. Bonifacio was elected as member of the Board of Directors on January 20, 2017.

He became the Manufacturing Manager of Litton Industries, Gould Inc., and Dexcel Inc. He served as the Director of Operations for Optical Microwave Networks Inc. (OMNI) in San Jose, California, U.S.A.

In 1995, Mr. Bonifacio founded and served as the President and CEO of Pacific Micorwave Corporation which was aquired by REMEC on March 2001 and was renamed to REMEC Manufacturing, Philippines, Inc. (RMPI LLC). He served as the President and CEO of REMEC Broadband Wireless International, Inc. (RBWI).

He became the president of Cirtek Advanced Technologies and Solutions, Inc. in 2014 and currently the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Automated Technology (Phil) Inc. of (ATEC) Connectivity Division.

Mr. Bonifacio completed B.S. Electronics and Communication in University of Santo Tomas and passed his Electronics and Communication Engineering Licensure Examination. In 1978, He continued his education in Microwave Engineering in University of California, Berkeley, CA

Atty. Angeline L. Macasaet, Corporate Secretary
Atty. Angeline L. Macasaet is a Director, Corporate Secretary, Chief Information Officer and Compliance Officer of the Company. She was elected as Member of the Board of Directors in 2009. She is a member of the Philippine Bar. She is also the Corporate Secretary of the various companies under the Velarde Group such as Velarde, Inc., Gamboa Holdings, Inc., Foodcamp Industries and Marketing, Inc., Emerald Investments, Inc., as well as enfranchised companies such as NOW Telecom Company, Inc., GHT Network, Inc., News and Entertainment Network, Inc., among many others.

She ensures the compliance of these companies with all regulatory requirements as well as the legal requirements involving specific transactions. Her extensive engagement involves all forms of litigation and in all fora. She also has extensive practice in the SEC, PSE, and the NTC. In addition to litigation, Atty. Macasaet has corporate practice all the way to the more complex engagements of management buy­outs, corporate mergers and share swap.

Management Team


Dr. Thomas G. Aquino, Ph.D. – Chairman of the Board

Mel V. Velarde – President & CEO

Atty. Angeline L. Macasaet – Chief Information Officer

Vicente I. Peñanueva – Chief Financial Officer

Engr. Rene C. Rosales – Chief Technology Officer, Telecom Group

Elena H. Dimailig – Head, Operations and Admin Group

Rodrigo H. Nepomuceno – VP for Sales

Romeo C. Escobar, Jr. – Network & Infrastructure Director

Joel C. Molina – Head of iResource Consulting, Inc.

Maria Nenita G. Libid – Managing Director, Software Collaborations Group

Joel N. Gonzales – Head of Service Delivery Team

Kristian Noel A. Pura – Head of Business Development, Enterprise Marketing

Kasthen Velarde Rosero – Head of Digital Marketing and Senior Manager of WebsiteExpress