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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

Thomas G.  Aquino, age 65, Filipino, Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He was elected as Member of the Board of Directors on June 2, 2011. He is  a Senior  Fellow  at  the  Center  for  Research  and  Communication, a multidisciplinary policy group of the University of Asia and the Pacific  (UA&P). He is currently the President of NOW Telecom Company, Inc. (formerly Next Mobile, Inc.). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Philippines National Construction Corporation, Zamboanga Development and Management Corporation, and iCollege of the Philippines, Inc.  Dr. Aquino served as Senior Undersecretary of the Philippine Department of Trade and lndustry and supervised the country’s international trade promotion, trade negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), as well as bilateral trade talks with the country’s major economic trading partners. He also served as overall lead country negotiator for the Philippines in the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement and was country representative to the High Level Task Force on Asean Economic lntegration.  For his government 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  was  a 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. Dr. Aquino obtained a Doctorate in Business Administration in 1980 from the IESE Business School University of Navarre in Spain, an MS in Industrial Economics in 1972 from the University of Asia and the Pacific, and an AB in Economics in 1970 from the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines.

Atty. Jose S. Alejandro, Vice-Chairman

Jose S. Alejandro, age 79, Filipino, Director, 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.  Mr. 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 CEO of East Asia Power Resources, a local publicly-listed independent power producer during the period of local economic crisis (1997-1999), Country Manager for the Power Systems Business of General Electric Co. (1987-1995), 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, Member

Mel V. Velarde, age 52, Filipino, President and Member of the Board of Directors, was 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 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.), and Chairman and President of The Velarde Group, Inc., and its affiliates.   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.  Mr. Velarde pursued his masteral studies in Business Economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific, and has taken Strategic Planning, Marketing and Finance at the Asian Institute of Management and at the University of Michigan. He completed the Owner/President Management Program at the Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Marcelito R. Ordoñez, Member

Marcelito R. Ordoñez, age 61, American, Director, was elected to this position on January 21, 2008.  He worked with AB Capital & Investment Corporation for 19 years from 1981 to 2000.  From 2000 to 2001, he was a member of the management team of ICTSI International, wherein he occupied the position of Vice-President for Finance.  He is currently the Managing Director of ATR Kim-Eng Securities, Inc., one of the largest independent investment houses in the country today.  He obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science, Major in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines and his Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.

Vicente Martin W. Araneta III, Member

Vicente Martin W. Araneta III, age 51, Filipino, Director, was elected as member of the Board of Directors on March 13, 2012. 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.

Arch. Gerard Bnn R. Bautista, Member

Gerard Bnn R. Bautista, age 50, Filipino, Director, was elected as a member of the Board of Directors on June 6, 2013. 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 pre-need 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.

Ramon Guillermo R. Tuazon, Member

Ramon Guillermo R. Tuazon, age 56, Filipino. He has been nominated to sit on the Board of Directors of the Company to be elected during the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting scheduled on 5 June 2014. 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. He serves as UNESCO Communication & Information Advisor. He also served UNESCO in various capacities: UNESCO Specialist for Myanmar (November 2012 – January 2014); representative of the UNESCO Regional Director to the UN Country Team in the Philippines (2010-2012). He has co-authored six books, co-edited 15 books/monographs, written over 10 handbooks/modules, published numerous articles in international and national books, journals, and monographs. Among his latest publications are:Multidisciplinary Inquiry on the Culture of Impunity in the Killing of Journalists (2013), and Media and Information Literacy: Curriculum for Teachers (UNESCO Paris, 2011). He has contributed in several international publications includingMedia and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (NORDICOM, 2013) andGender Sensitive Indicators for Media (UNESCO, 2012). He was a peer reviewer for the recent UNESCO publication, Global Media Information Literacy Assessment Framework: Country Readiness and Competencies (2013). Mr. Tuazon completed his Master in Communication Management from the AIJC and Bachelor of Science in Commerce from UST where he also took graduate work in advertising

Atty. Angeline L. Macasaet, Corporate Secretary

Angeline L. Macasaet, age 42, Filipino, Director, was elected as Member of the Board of Directors in 2009. She is also currently the Corporate Secretary, Chief Information Officer and Compliance Officer of the Company. She is a member of the Philippine Bar.  She is also the Corporate Secretary of Velarde, Inc. and Acting Corporate Secretary of The Velarde Group Companies, including The Velarde Group, Inc., Gamboa Holdings, Inc., Foodcamp Industries and Marketing, Inc. and Emerald Investments, Inc. She ensures the compliance of these companies with all regulatory requirements as well as the legal requirements involving specific transactions.  She also acts as legal counsel for various corporations such as Velarde, Inc. and IMX Broadband.

Gen. Eliseo M. Rio, Jr. (Ret.), Independent Director

Eliseo M. Rio, Jr., 70, Filipino, an independent director nominee. He is a multi-awarded retired military officer with the rank of Brigadier General and has established himself as one of the leading authorities in the Philippine telecommunication industry. He is currently Gen. Rio is a consultant to Globe Telecom, Inc. and CEO of Trufone, Inc and was an independent member of the Board of Directors of Bayan Telecommunications Holdings Corporation (“Bayantel”) from November 2004 to January 2006.  He was appointed by former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Commissioner of the Philippine National Telecommunication Commission from February 2001 to October 2002. Gen. Rio was selected as the “Most Outstanding Professional in the Field of Electronics and Communication for the Year 2002” by the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission, and awarded the Most Outstanding University of the East Alumnus in the Field of Engineering for the Year 2003. Gen. Rio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from the University of the East in the Philippines. He also has a degree in Electronic Industries from the Ateneo University in the Philippines.

Atty. Marlou Buenafe Ubano, Independent Director

Marlou Buenafe Ubano, 42 years old, Filipino, Independent Director. Atty. Ubano was elected as a member of the Board of Directors on June 6, 2013. 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.

Amelito V. Velarde

Amelito V. Velarde, 52, Filipino.  Mr. Velarde is a regular director of the Board for the ensuing year.  He attended college in Colegio de San Juan de Letran. He completed a course in Venture in Entrepreneurship at the Asian Institute of Management in 2003. He is a member of the Board of Directors of various broadcast and holdings companies where he holds management positions.  At present, he is a member of the Board of NOW Telecom Company, Inc. and the President of Atlocom Wireless System, Inc.. He is currently the President of Velarde, Inc., the Treasurer of Foodcamp Industries and Marketing, Inc., and member of the Board of Emerald Investments, inc., all corporate shareholders of NOW Corporation.  From January until December 2015, he was a sales consultant for NOW Corporation.

Management Team

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

Mel V. Velarde – President & CEO

Atty. Angeline L. Macasaet – Chief Information Officer

Elena H. Dimailig – Head, Operations and Admin Group

Rene C. Rosales – Chief Operations Officer, Telecom Group

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

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

Joel Carlo Molina – Head of iResource Consulting, Inc. (a NOW Corporation affiliate)

Kristian Noel A. Pura – Group Head, Marketing & Digital Media

Joel N. Gonzales – Head of Service Delivery Team