BPI's TG Limcaoco and SM's Jeffrey Lim Named the Best CEOs From the Philippines By FinanceAsia

Four Filipino CEOs were named among the best in Asia.

It’s one thing to land on a Bloomberg or Forbes list due to net worth, it’s another to be named as Best CEO by FinanceAsia based on leadership. Four Filipino CEOs have just won that honor from FinanceAsia’s Best Managed Companies of 2023.

BPI CEO TG Limcaoco and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. CEO Jeffrey C. Lim were honored with the Gold award under the Best CEO category for the Philippines.

Limcaoco is only the 14th president and CEO of BPI’s 170-year history. He was appointed in 2020 and steered BPI through the height of the pandemic. Limcaoco was recently appointed as the next president of the Bankers Association of the Philippines, an organization comprised of the country’s biggest banks.

Meanwhile, fellow awardee Jeffrey C. Lim has been the president of SM Prime since 2016. A member of the company’s executive committee, Lim holds various board and executive positions in SMPH’s subsidiaries.

Megawide Construction Corporation CEO Edgar Saavedra won Silver, and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. CEO Enrique K. Razon Jr. won Bronze. 

FinanceAsia’s honorees were decided upon based on a nomination system that involved influential investors and financial analysts in Asia. The pool of experts also voted on the best companies and market leaders in Asia. Here are the other winners from the Philippines. 

Best Overall Company

  • Gold - SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and Megawide Construction Corporation
  • Silver - Bank Of The Philippine Islands
  • Bronze - Ayala Corporation

Best Mid-cap

  • Gold - Bloomberry Resorts Corporation
  • Silver - SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Bronze - GT Capital Holdings, Inc.

Best Small-cap

  • Gold - Manila Water Company, Inc.
  • Silver - Security Bank Corporation
  • Bronze - Megawide Construction Corporation

Best Corporate ESG Strategy

  • Gold - Ayala Corporation
  • Silver - SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Bronze - SM Investments Corporation

Best DEI Strategy

  • Gold - SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

Best Investor Relations

  • Gold - SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Silver - BDO Unibank, Inc.
  • Bronze - International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

Best CFO

  • Gold - John Nai Peng Ong of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
  • Silver - Estela Tuason-Occena of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation
  • Bronze - Rizza Maniego-Eala of Globe Telecom, Inc.

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