Board of Directors
An experienced Board of 11 independent and executive directors is in place to represent the interest of Pilipinas Shell’s shareholders.
Asada Harinsuit CHAIRMAN
Chairman Shell Companies in Thailand; VP Retail – East (ASEAN, India, Middle East); Shareholder rep – Shell Pakistan Ltd, plc; Shareholder rep – Pakistan Refinery Ltd, plc
He was appointed Chairman of Shell Companies in Thailand in September 2012, Vice President – Retail East in September 2013 and Shareholder reps for Shell Pakistan Ltd, Plc and Pakistan Refinery Ltd, Plc joint venture in 2014.
A Thai national joining Shell in 1985, Asada has held a range of roles spanning IT, strategy, business development, supply chain, sales and marketing at local, regional and global levels across Shell’s Downstream businesses.
Beginning his career in IT, Asada worked in business process design and programming areas for ERP systems. He moved to Lubricants business in 1990, worked in Lubricants Supply Chain, marketing and sales to automotive OEMs. Asada took up the central region commercial sales manager role for Thailand, before cross-posting to Shell in the UK as general manufacturing marketing manager in 1997.
Returning to Thailand late in 1998, Asada was appointed into the role of Thailand Commercial manager looking after the Aviation, Marine, LPG, Bitumen, Fuels and Lubricants businesses. In 2003, he took up role of Commercial Fuels strategy general manager for the East, overseeing business turnarounds in China, Asean, Oceania, and The Middle East. Following a global reorganization in 2005 of Shell’s Downstream, Asada was appointed Commercials Fuels East general manager.
Prior to assuming current roles, Asada ran 2 global businesses: Bitumen and Sulphur for 5 years, whilst based in Singapore as VP of Specialities business. He made a number of significant changes to these global businesses in terms of customer value proposition, R&D program, portfolio rationalization, new market entries, redefining relevance to internal and external suppliers including working with Upstream in creating long term floor price for sulphur to support bids in sour gas fields in the Middle East.
His past experiences in Joint Ventures include: 1998 – 2007 Board member of Bangkok Aviation Fueling Services (BAFS) plc; 2007 – 2012 Shareholder rep roles for: Fulton Hogan (NZ) road construction business, Pioneer Road Services (Aus), Eastham Refinery Ltd (UK); 2013 – 2015 Oversaw Shell Retail Joint Ventures in China.
Asada holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Lydia B. Echauz INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR (Filipino) – She was recently elected Independent Director during the Corporation’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held on 16 May 2017.
Dr. Echauz currently holds directorship in Metro Pacific Investments Corp., PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund, Philstar Group, BusinessWorld Publishing Corporation, Global Business Power Corp., Riverside College Inc., Fern Realty Corp. and DBP Data Center, Inc. Furthermore, Dr. Echauz is a Trustee of MCO Foundation, Inc., Immaculate Conception Academy, Henry Sy Foundation, Inc., Manila Tytana College and Mano Amiga Academy. She served as President of Far Eastern College-Silang, Inc., Nicanor Reyes Educational Foundation, East Asia Computer Center Inc. and East Asia Educational Foundation Inc. She served as the chair of the Capital Markets Integrity Corporation and Dangalng Bulacan Foundation, Inc. and a Trustee of Far Eastern College-Silang, Inc. She served as Director of Development Bank of the Philippines.
She served as a Director of the Nicanor Reyes Memorial Foundation, SM Foundation and Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. She was a Trustee of Children’s Hour, St. Theresa’s College Alumni Association and King’s College, Inc. of the British Schools Foundation. She served as President of The Far Eastern University, Incorporated from June 2003 to 25 August 2012 and served as its Chief Operating Officer until 25 August 2012. She served as a Trustee of The Far Eastern University, Incorporated from 1999 to 25 August 2012. Dr. Echauz served as Acting President of Far Eastern University since October 2002. She served as Chief Operating Officer of Far Eastern University Inc. She was Dean of the Graduate School of Business, De La Salle University from September 1986 to May 2002.
She served as President of the Association of Southeast Asian Institutes of Higher Learning - Philippine Council. She served as Associate Professor of the College of Business Administration, University of the East since 1968. She served as Associate Director of the MBA program, Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business for seven years. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in Economics and Mathematics from St. Theresa's College. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Ateneo de Manila University. She holds a Doctorate degree in Business Administration from De La Salle University.
Cesar A. Buenaventura INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR (Filipino) - has been with the corporation since 1956 and was chairman and CEO from 1975 to 1990.
He has been a director since 1970 and an independent director since 2012. He is currently chairman of Buenaventura Echauz and Partners Inc and chairman of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System Philippines. He is Vice Chairman of DMCI Holdings a director of Concepcion Industrial Corporation, Semirara Mining and Power Corporation, Petroenergy Resources Corporation and I People Inc. He is founding chairman of the Pilipinas Shell Foundation and Founding Member of the Board of Trustees of the Makati Business Club.
He is a recipient of many awards among which are the following: Management Man of the year in 1985; The Honorary Officer of The British Empire (O B E) in 1990 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll; and One of the top 100 graduates of the College of Engineering University of the Philippines in its 100 year history.
He received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of the Philippines in 1950 and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in 1954 as a Fulbright scholar.
Fernando Zobel de Ayala INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR (Filipino) - has been an Independent Director of the Corporation for more than five years.
He is President and Chief Operating Officer of Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines' largest conglomerates involved in real estate, financial services, telecommunications, water, electronics, automotive, power, transport, education, and healthcare. He is Board Chairman of Ayala Land and Manila Water Company and sits on the board of various companies in the Ayala group, including the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Globe Telecom, and the Ayala Foundation.
Mr. Zobel de Ayala is a member of the INSEAD East Asia Council, and the World Presidents' Organization. He is a board member of Habitat for Humanity International and chairs the steering committee of its Asia Pacific Capital Campaign. He also serves on the board of the Asia Society and is a member of the Asia Philanthropy Circle.
In the Philippines, he is a board member of the following companies: Philippine National Museum; Caritas Manila; Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation; and Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc.. Mr. Zobel de Ayala holds a liberal arts degree from Harvard College and a CIM from INSEAD, France.
Mona Lisa Bautista de la Cruz DIRECTOR (Filipino) - was first elected as a Director of the Corporation on 12 May 2015.
She is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd. She is a director of Insular Life Health Care, Inc., ILAC General Agency, Inc., Insular Investment and Trust Corporation, Home Credit Mutual building and Loan Association, Insular Life Development and Management Corporation, Insular Life Property Holdings, Mapfre Insular Insurance Corporation and Union Bank of the Philippines. She is a Trustee of the Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd. and the Insular Life Foundation, Inc.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from the University of the Philippines and graduated Cum Laude in 1978. She likewise completed her Master of Science in Mathematics, major in Actuarial Science, at the University of Michigan in 1979. She is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of the Philippines, an Associate of the Society of Actuaries, USA, and a member of the Management Association of the Philippines, and the Makati Business Club.
Luis C. la Ó(Filipino) is the newly elected Non-Executive Director of the Corporation.
He is the Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of The Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd. Before he became the Chairman of Insular Life, he first joined as a Non-Executive Trustee on 22 January 2015. He was a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of MAPFRE INSULAR Insurance Corporation. He previously occupied the following roles: Regional Vice President for Asia of the MAPFRE Group- Spain, President of Provident Insurance Corporation of the Soriano Group and Senior Vice President of Universal Reinsurance Corporation of the Ayala Group. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Management at Ateneo de Manila University. He completed his Master’s degree in Business Management from De La Salle University. He also finished a course on General Insurance from the College of Insurance, Chartered Institute of London, United Kingdom. In 2016, he attended a seminar on corporate governance.
Cesar G. Romero DIRECTOR (Filipino) - is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation effective 01 November 2016.
He is responsible for the management and capital investment associated with the Global Retail business’ physical assets worldwide. This includes network planning, real estate, petrol station construction, facilities maintenance, soil and groundwater services, HSSE, and Continuous Improvement. From September 2009 up to July 2013, he was the Vice President of Retail Sales and Operations East which is accountable for the Operating Profit and Loss of the Shell Retail Petrol stations in SE Asia, South Asia, and China. During his four-year tenure, the Shell Retail East’s operating profit grew by an average of 10% per annum with improved HSSE performance highlighted by a 3 fold reduction in station robberies.
Cesar is a member of the Shell Global Retail Leadership team which sets policies, strategy, annual business targets, capital allocation, and operations for Shell’s Downstream Retail Business comprised of over 43,000 petrol stations in the world, the largest single branded retailer in the world. Prior to that role, he was the Vice President for Supply – East based in Singapore from July 2007 to July 2009. Before that, he was in London as the Vice President for Downstream Management Consultancy, which he held concurrently with the role of Business Assistant to the Executive Director for Shell’s Global Downstream Business.
He joined Shell Philippines in 1987 as a Refinery Engineer and has had further assignments in Supply Planning, Strategy, and Lubricants. In 1995, he was posted to Shell Centre, London to work in Shell’s Scenario Planning Team, and later in the Strategy and Portfolio Team of the East/Asian Regional Office. Immediately, prior to coming to the UK a second time, he was the General Manager for Retail for Shell Philippines & North Pacific Cluster.
Cesar holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines, and a Masters in Business Administration (with High Distinction) from the University of Michigan. He has also attended a variety of management development courses at the London Business School and the Wharton Business School. He is married with 2 sons, 12 and 14 years old.
Jose Jerome Rivera Pascual III DIRECTOR (Filipino) – was first appointed as a Director of the Corporation on 13 June 2016.
He was appointed Vice President - Finance and Treasurer of the Corporation with effect also on 13 June 2016. He is also a director on the boards of other Shell-affiliated companies in the Philippines. His previous roles in the Royal Dutch Shell Group include: Finance Director of Shell Philippines Exploration BV & Philippines Country Controller from 2009 to 2016; concurrent Finance Director of Shell Deepwater Borneo Ltd from 2009 to 2012; Deputy Business Finance Manager (Caspian) of Shell Kazakhstan Development BV & Kazakhstan Country Controller from 2005 to 2009; Regional Treasurer & Insurance Manager of Shell Exploration & Production – Asia Pacific from 2003 to 2005; Treasurer; Tax & Insurance Manager of Shell Philippines Exploration BV from 2002 to 2003; Finance Business Adviser of Shell Philippines Exploration BV from 2000 to 2002; Commercial Services Coordinator / Contracts Advisor of Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV from 1998 to 2000; Head of Management Accounting of Shell Philippines Exploration BV from 1995 to 1998; Head of Finance (STAR) Systems of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation from 1993 to 1995; Internal Auditor / Audit Supervisor for Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation from 1990 to 1993; Senior Analyst / Programmer of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation from 1986 to 1990.
He is presently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Shell companies in the Philippines Multi-Employer Retirement Plan and of the Board of Trustees of the Shell Philippines Exploration BV Non-Contributory Retirement & Gratuity Fund. He is an incorporator and current trustee of the Judicial Reform Initiative, Inc (JRI). Born on 6 January 1964, Mr. Pascual graduated Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, and was granted membership to the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
He also holds the following accreditations: Certified Management Accountant from the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia) and Professional Industrial Engineer from the Industrial Engineering Certification Board (Philippines). In 2015, he received the Professional Degree Award for Industrial Engineering from the U.P. College of Engineering and U.P. Alumni Engineers. And in November 2014, he was recognized as CFO of the Year by ING Bank (Philippines) and the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX).
Anthony Lawrence D. Yam DIRECTOR (Filipino) - is the Vice-President for Retail Business in Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation.
He joined Shell in August 1986 and has served the company as Operational Excellence Manager for the Customer Service Center from mid-2010 to mid-2011. He has been the Retail Pricing Manager from late 2009 to mid-2010, Interim General Manager for LPG Business from May-October 2009 and Retail District Manager for Metro Manila from 2005 to 2009. He was assigned in Vietnam for a cross-posting assignment as General Manager for LPG from 2001-2005. Prior to his cross-posting assignment, he was the Southern Regional Sales Manager for LPG (Phil). From 1997-2001 and has served Shell in various support roles from 1993-1997, that included stints in Corporate Brand, Customer Service Center, Lubricants and Internal Audits. He started his career as a sales representative for Retail from 1986-1993.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management Engineering minor in Mechanical Engineering degree from the De La Salle University in 1985.
Anabil Dutta DIRECTOR (Indian) – was first appointed as a Director of the Corporation on 22 March 2016.
He is the Regional Finance Manager, East Manufacturing of Shell Group of Companies since January 2014. He was previously the Regional Finance Manager, East, Trading Supply and Distribution from November 2011 to December 2013; Finance Manager of Projects and Technology and Business Opportunity Manager East Technology Centre from June 2006 to October 2011. Prior to joining Shell, Anabil was with: Colgate Palmolive and held several senior positions in Finance including Country Head for Nepal. Prior to Colgate Palmolive he has been employed with ITC Limited and BATCO, ESS AAR projects and American Express Bank. Anabil has professional experience of 29 years internationally in Finance, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and General Management.
Driving a strong performance ethic in business and broad experience in commercial finance has been his key achievements. He has held several Board, Trustee and Pension Fund positions and served on senior business leadership teams. Anabil is a Chartered Accountant and has a Master of Business Administration (Finance). He also has an Advanced Diploma in Computer applications and Database Management. Anabil is a silver medalist of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and received the Colgate Chairman’s Global Award for Outstanding performance.
*An Independent Director under the ASEAN Standards shall also possess the qualifications and none of the disqualifications for an Independent Director under the Philippine Requirements provided and except that, when relevant in the application of the qualifications and disqualifications, a “substantial stockholder” shall mean a stockholder who possesses the power to direct govern, directly or indirectly the financial and operating policies of the Corporation so as to obtain benefits from its activities.