The Most Outstanding JA Alumni

Mr. Jaime E. Ysmael

Senior Vice President, Group Chief Finance Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Ayala Land, Inc.

JA Philippines recognized and honour an alumni who have exemplified the values which Junior Achievement of the Philippines stands for – excellence, dedication to one’s work, and heartfelt service to the industry. Our 2015 distinguished alumni has a long and solid list of accomplishments on his belt. His career spans over two decades of leadership, business and financial management. His stellar educational achievements include graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of the East’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Afterwards, he earned an MBA, Major in Finance, at The Wharton School and an MA in International Studies at The School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, as a fellow of The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. In 2003, he was awarded by the Institutional Investor Research Group and Reuters as the Best CFO in the Philippines.

After this recognition, he has continued to receive almost all CFO awards every year, including the 2011 INGFINEX CFO of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry; and recently, the Best CFO (Philippines) award from Finance Asia. Last year, he was the University of the East’s Alumni Global Achiever and Golden Lualhati Award recipient and Asia’s Best CFO for Investor Relations, given by Corporate Governance Asia, to name a few.

Ayala Land, Inc. was recognized as Best Managed Company in Asia in the Real Estate Sector and Best Investor Relations Company by Finance Asia; and the Philippine Builder of the Year Award by Frost & Sullivan – with him as their CFO. As the Group CFO of Ayala Land, Inc, the Philippines’ largest, most diversified and fully integrated property developer. He is responsible for managing the financial and administrative affairs of over 100 local and international companies engaged in various sectors of the real estate industry, which include two other publicly-listed entities and around 30 major operating companies. A journalist once referred to him as perhaps “the second most important “Jaime” in the entire Ayala conglomerate,” with his solid experience in strategic planning, numbers crunching, and switching from many roles within the Ayala group.

He summed his perspective on the key to being an effective CFO by saying, “In today’s environment where the demand is much more broader and diverse, the CFO must have a very wide perspective in terms of appreciation and understanding of the business. One of the rules is to become a catalyst so to be a catalyst, you have to influence people and move them toward a certain direction.”