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Board of Directors, Management Team and Executive Officers





Atty. Felipe L. Gozon

Filipino, 79 years old, is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of GMA Network, Inc.

Atty. Gozon is a Senior Partner at the Law Firm of Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila. He is also the Chairman of the Board/President/CEO of various companies including  GMA Holdings, Inc., Citynet Network Marketing & Productions, Inc., RGMA Network, Inc., Alta Productions Group, Inc., GMA New Media, Inc., Media Merge Corporation, Digify, Inc., RGMA Marketing  & Productions, Inc., Philippine Entertainment Portal, Inc., Script2010, Inc., FLG Management and Development Corporation, Gozon Development Corporation, Vista Montana Realty Development,  Inc., Mont-Aire Realty and Development Corporation, BGE Holdings, Inc., Kenobe, Inc., Jeata Holdings and Management, Inc., Vitezon, Inc., Palawan Power Generation, Inc., Catanduanes Power Generation, Inc., Sycamore International Shipping Corp., Lex Realty, Inc., Justitia Realty & Management Corp., Gozon Foundation, Inc., GMA Kapuso Foundation, Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko Foundation, Inc., and The Potter and Clay Christian School Foundation, Inc.

Atty. Gozon is also a Director of GMA Worldwide, Inc., GMA Films, Inc., Antipolo Agri-Business & Land Dev. Corp., and Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands. He is a Trustee of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation, Inc., theEnvironmental Heroes Foundation, Inc. and the Academia Filipina Assn., Inc.

Atty. Gozon is a recipient of awards for his achievements in law, media, public service, and business, including the prestigious Chief Justice Special Award given by the Chief Justice of the Philippines (1991), Presidential Award of Merit given by the Philippine Bar Association (1990 & 1993), CEO of the Year given by Uno Magazine (2004), Master Entrepreneur – Philippines (2004) by Ernst and Young, Outstanding Citizen of Malabon Award for Legal and Business Management by the Kalipunan ng Samahan sa Malabon (KASAMA) (2005), People of the Year by People Asia Magazine (2005), Outstanding Manilan Award in the field of Social Responsibility and Broadcasting given by the City Government of Manila (2011), Quezon City Gawad Parangal Most Outstanding Citizen for 2011 given by the City Government of Quezon (2011), Tycoon of the Decade Award given by BizNews Asia (2011), Lifetime Achievement Award given by the UP Alumni Association (2012), Certificate of Recognition given by the Civil Aeronautics Board (2012), Personality of the Year for Broadcast Media given by SKAL International Makati (2013), Outstanding Member-Achiever given by Phi Kappa Phi UP Chapter (International Honor Society) (2013), Visionary Management CEO Award given by BizNews Asia (2013), Lifetime Achievement Award given by UP Preparatory High School Alumni (2014), Entrepreneurship Excellence Award and Best Broadcast CEO Award given by BizNews Asia (2014), The Rotary Golden Wheel Award for Corporate Media Management given by Rotary International District 3780 and Quezon City Government (2014), and Global Leadership Award for Excellence in Media Sector (first Filipino to win the award) given by The Leaders International together with the American Leadership Development Association in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2015). He is also listed among Biz News Asia’s Power 100 (2003 to 2010).

Atty. Gozon earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines (among the first 10 of his class) and his Master of Laws degree from Yale University Law School. He was admitted to the Bar in 1962, placing 13th in the Bar examinations.

Mr. Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.

Filipino, 55 years old, is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Network. He has been a Director of the Company since 1999 and is currently the Chairman of the Network’s Executive Committee. Aside from GMA Network, Inc., he is the Chairman of the Board of GMA Network Films, Inc. and GMA Worldwide, Inc. He also serves as President and CEO of GMA Holdings, Inc., RGMA Marketing and Productions, Inc., Film Experts, Inc., and Dual Management and Investments, Inc. He is the President and a Director of Group Management and Development, Inc.; President and Director of MediaMerge Corp., Citynet Network Marketing and Productions, Inc.; Director of RGMA Network, Inc., GMA New Media, Inc., Alta Productions Group, Inc., Optima Digital, Inc., and Mont-Aire Realty and Development Corp. He also serves as the President and a Trustee of GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc. and a Trustee of the Guronasyon Foundation, Inc. and the HERO Foundation.

Mr. Duavit holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines.

Mr. Joel Marcelo G. Jimenez

Filipino, 55 years old, has been a Director of the Company since 2002. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of GMA Network, Inc., President and CEO of Menarco Holdings, and the Chief Executive Officer of Alta Productions, Inc.  He is a Director of RGMA Network, Inc., Executive Committee Chairman and Director of GMA New Media, Inc., Scenarios, Inc., and GMA Worldwide, Inc., besides also being a member of the Board of Directors of Malayan Savings and Mortgage Bank, and Unicapital Securities, Inc.  He is also a Director of Nuvoland Philippines, a real-estate development company.  He is a Trustee of GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

He was educated in Los Angeles, California where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.  He also obtained a Master’s Degree in Management from the Asian Institute of Management.

Judith D. Vazquez

Filipino, 56 years old, has been a Director of the Company since 1988. She is a member of the following special committees: Audit & Risk Committee and Compensation & Remuneration Committee. Moreover, she sits on the boards of the following GMA7 subsidiaries: RGMA, Inc., GMA New Media, Inc., GMA Worldwide, Inc., and GMA Films, Inc. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.

Judith is an acknowledged visionary and industry mover in Philippine Information and Communication Technology space.  In 1995, she laid the nation’s first fiber in the Central Business District of Makati and developed the country's first ICT ready 24x7 intelligent skyscraper - 45-story ‘The Peak Tower’ and location of many ‘Internet Firsts’.

Judith is the founder and chairman of PHCOLO, Inc. - the neutral interconnection site of telecommunications and Internet Service Provider companies on four platforms: fixed-line fiber, cable, wireless and satellite; founder and chairman of Vigil Investments Inc. and 107 Leviste Inc.

Her successful and visionary efforts in the field of Information and Communications Technology, have earned her the moniker “Godmother of the Philippine Internet,” a position in Computerworld's list of "Philippines' Most Powerful in ICT" and “IT Executive of the Year” by the Philippine Cyber Press.

Her philanthropic endeavors include Asian Institute of Management's first Professorial Chair for Entrepreneurship and a lecture room at the University of the Philippines' School of Economics, among others. When her schedule permits,  she is Senior Lecturer for Entrepreneurship at the College of Business Administration, University of the Philippines. She serves Harvard University as a volunteer alumni-interviewer of incoming freshman applicants.

Her international organization memberships include the APNIC (Asia Pacific’s IP Addressing Body), Pacific Telecommunications Council, IEEE, Young Presidents'/World Presidents' Organization (YPO), AFCEA, INSA, USGIF and Harvard HBS Alumni Association Washington DC. She has served on the boards of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Financial Executives Association of the Philippines (FINEX) and YPO Gold Washington DC - Baltimore.

Judith is a respected personality in Global Internet Governance circles. She was the first female Asian elected to an independent board seat at ICANN, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.  And remains the only Asian female who has held this honor to this day.

Judith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines. She is an alumna of Harvard Business School, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and the Asian Institute of Management.  Judith is a constant student and continuously grows her skills-base from TCP/IP networking, firewall/security architecture, to nascent and enterprise productivity technologies.

Mr. Felipe S. Yalong

Filipino, 62 years old, is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GMA Network, Inc. He is also the Head of the Corporate Services Group of the Network. He has been a Director of the Company since 2002. Aside from GMA Network, Inc., he also serves as Director and Corporate Treasurer of GMA Holdings, Inc., Scenarios, Inc., and GMA Network Films, Inc.; Director of Unicapital, Inc., and Majalco Finance and Investments, Inc.; Corporate Treasurer of RGMA Network, Inc., MediaMerge Corp.; Executive Vice President of RGMA Marketing and Productions, Inc.; and Corporate Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc..

Yalong was named CFO of the Year by ING FINEX in 2013.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Major in Accounting from the Philippine School of Business Administration and completed the Management Development Program at the Asian Institute of Management. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Atty. Anna Teresa M. Gozon

Filipino, 47 years old, has been a Director of the Company since 2000.  She graduated valedictorian from grade school and high school at Colegio San Agustin.  She graduated cum laude, BS Management Engineering from Ateneo de Manila University and obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines where she graduated valedictorian, cum laude.  She later obtained her Master of Laws from Harvard University.

She is a junior partner in Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila and is an Associate Professor in the University of the Philippines, College of Law where she taught Taxation and Legal History.

She is currently Programming Consultant to the Chairman/CEO of GMA Network, Inc. and the President of GMA Films, Inc. and GMA Worldwide, Inc. She is a trustee of GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Ms. Laura J. Westfall

Filipino, 51 years old, has been a Director of the Company since 2000. She held the following positions in the Company — Senior Vice President of Corporate and Strategic Planning and Senior Vice President for Finance.  In addition, she has served as Chairperson and President of GMA New Media. Prior to joining the Company, she worked for BDO Seidman – Los Angeles, an international audit and management consulting firm. She currently holds various positions in the Majent Menarco Group of Companies and serves as Board Member of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Philippines, and Museo Pambata. She is also President of the Yale Club of the Philippines.

She holds a Masters Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of California.

 

Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban

Filipino, 82 years old, has been an Independent Director of the Company since 2007. In 1995, he was named a Justice of the Supreme Court and in 2005, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Philippines — a position he held until December 2006. At present, he is also an Independent Director of these listed firms: First Philippine Holdings Corp., Metro Pacific Investments Corp., Manila Electric Company, Robinsons Land Corp., GMA Holdings, Inc., Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., Petron Corporation, Asian Terminals, and a regular Director of Jollibee Foods Corporation. He is also an Adviser of Metropolitan Bank and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Chairman, Board of Advisers of Metrobank Foundation, Adviser of Double Dragon Properties, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Liberty and Prosperity, President of the Manila Cathedral Basilica Foundation, Chairman Emeritus of Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., and Member, Advisory Board of the World Bank (Philippines) and of the Asian Institute of Management Corporate Governance Council. Recently, he was named a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration based in The Hague, Netherlands. He also is a column writer of The Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Upon his retirement, he was unanimously conferred a Plaque of Acclamation by the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court as the “Renaissance Jurist of the 21st Century;” and an Award of Honor by the Philippine Bar Association.  In recognition of his role as a jurist, lawyer, civic leader, Catholic lay worker, business entrepreneur and youth leader, he had been the recipient of over 250 other awards from various governments, civic clubs, consumer associations, bar groups, religious movements and other non-government organizations, both local and international.

He obtained his Associate in Arts, “With Highest Honors” and later his Bachelor of Laws, with cum laude and “Most Outstanding Student” honors from the Far Eastern University. He placed sixth among more than 4,200 candidates who took the 1960 Bar examinations. He is likewise the recipient of several honorary doctoral degrees from various universities.

Dr. Jaime C. Laya

Filipino, 80 years old, has been an independent Director of GMA Network, Inc. since 2007. He is the Chairman and President of Philippine Trust Company (Philtrust Bank), Director of Ayala Land, Inc., Manila Water Company, Inc., Philippine AXA Life Insurance Company, Inc., and Charter Ping An Insurance Corporation.  He also serves as Chairman of Don Norberto Ty Foundation, Inc. and Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc.; Trustee of St. Paul University – Quezon City, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Yuchengco Museum, Fundación Santiago, Inc., Ayala Foundation, Inc., and other organizations.  He writes a weekly column for the Manila Bulletin.

He was Minister of Budget, 1975-1981; Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, 1984-86; Chairman of the Monetary Board and Governor, Central Bank of the Philippines, 1981-1984; Chairman, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 1996-2001. He was faculty member of the University of the Philippines, 1957-1978 and Dean of the College of Business Administration, 1969-1974. In 1986, he founded J.C. Laya & Co., Ltd. (Certified Public Accountants and Management Consultants) later the Philippine member firm of KPMG International; he served as the firm’s Chairman until his retirement in 2004.

He earned his BSBA, magna cum laude, University of the Philippines, 1957; M.S. in Industrial Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1960; Ph.D. in Financial Management, Stanford University, 1966. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Roberto Rafael V. Lucila

Filipino, 62 years old, is the co-managing partner/senior partner of the Law Firm of Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila. He has been the Corporate Secretary of the GMA Network Inc. since March 27, 2017 and concurrently the Compliance Officer starting 2018. He currently sits as director in the affiliates of certain European and American companies in the Philippines namely, eMerchant Asia Inc., eMerchant Pay Asia Inc., Evonik (Philippines) Inc., Time-Life International (Phil.) Inc. and MeteoGroup Philippines Inc.. He is the Chairman and President of Lucilex, Inc. and the President of Assetlex Development Corporation, Inc., eMerchant Asia Inc., eMerchant Pay Asia Inc. as well as the Philippine Cockfighting International Inc. all local companies doing business in the Philippines. He is a Court of Appeals Mediator and serves as a Trainor for the Court of Appeals Mediation Training Program. He is presently a lecturer on Constitutional Law I and II at the University of the Philippines, College of Law and the University of Asia and the Pacific, School of Law and Government. He was also a lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration, San Sebastian College Institute of Law and Lyceum College of Law as well as in local and international conferences such as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) National Convention in 2010 (Subic), Avenue Capital Global Investor Conference in 2005 (New York City), The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) Conference in 1997 (Manila), and Global Best Practices for several years (Makati and Mandaluyong).   He was OIC for the Legal Department of GMA Network, Inc. from 2001 to 2004 and for the Office of the President of Express Telecommunications, Inc. in 1998. He represented the Avenue Asia Capital Group and Avenue Capital Group as member of the Board of Directors of Citra Metro Manila Tollway Corporation (CMMTC) from 2004 thru 2012 and in East Asia Power Resources Corporation.

He served in the Office of the President of the Philippines as Assistant Executive Secretary for Legislation from 1990 to September 1992; Chairman of the Presidential Staff in 1991; Chairman of the Philippine Retirement Authority from 1991 to August 1992; Chairman of the South China Sea Fishery Disputes Committee from 1991 to July 1992; and Board Member of the Special Operations Team (now Bases Conversion Development Authority [BCDA]) in 1991. In the Department of Transportation and Communications, he was a Board Member of the Civil Aeronautics Board from 1990-1991 and of the Philippine National Railways from 1989-1991.

He holds Bachelor of Laws (1980) and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1976) degrees from the University of the Philippines. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1981.  He has completed the Strategic Business Economics Program (SBEP) from the University of Asia and the Pacific in 1999. He has contributed legal articles for the Supreme Court Reports Annotated (SCRA), The Lawyer’s Review, IBP Law Journal and Magazine, World Bulletin, Clifford Chance’s 2018 Asia Pacific Guide on Insolvency, and Getting the Deal Done, and was the author of the book entitled “Corporate Rehabilitation in the Philippines.” Atty. Lucila has been recognized as one of the 2013 Asialaw Asia-Pacific Leading Lawyers in Dispute Resolution, and as a law professional actively engaged in the areas of Technology Media Telecommunications (TMT) and Insolvency in the Philippines.