Board of Directors

Jose Vicente C. Bengzon III

Chairman, Non-Executive Director
  • President and CEO of Torres Trading Company, Inc.
  • Vice Chairman of Commtrend Construction Corp., Director and Treasurer of Inception Technology Philippines Corp., and Senior Adviser to the Board of Malayan Bank
  • Former Director of Rizal MicroBank, President of UPCC Holdings Corp., Board member of Philippine National Construction Corp., Director of Manila North Tollways Corp., South Luzon Tollways Corp., Century Peak Mining Corp., and Bermaz Auto Philippines, Inc.
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and bachelor’s degree in commerce and economics from De La Salle University

Ricardo Manuel M. Sarmiento

Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Responsible for the overall success of the organization with primary responsibilities in overseeing marketing and sourcing, sales and operations, research and development, human resources, information technology, and quality management functions
  • Member of the Upsilon Sigma Phi and Rotary Club of Manila
  • Bachelor’s degree in tourism from the University of the Philippines, Diliman

Stephanie Nicole M. Sarmiento-Garcia

Executive Director, Executive Vice President, Corporate Service Management Director and Treasurer
  • Oversees cash management, administration, and corporate services
  • Board member and former President of Philippine Association of Feed Millers Inc.
  • Bachelor’s degree in international hospitality management from Glion Institute of Higher Education (formerly known as Glion Hotels School)

Rogelio M. Sarmiento

Non-Executive Director
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and CEO
  • Former President of L.S. Sarmiento & Co, Sarmiento Industries, Fortuna Mariculture Corporation, Sarphil Corporation, Philippine Association of Feed Millers, and Vice President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce
  • Former member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa, Minister of Transportation and Communications, Deputy Director General of the National Economic and Development Authority, and Member of the House of Representatives for First District Davao del Norte
  • MBA from Santa Clara University, bachelor’s degree from University of San Francisco in California, USA

Benjamin I. Sarmiento, Jr.

Non-Executive Director
  • CEO of Sarmiento Pacific Holdings and Equities (formerly Pacific Equities, Inc.), and Sarmiento Pacific Agribusiness
  • Director of M3 Ventures International Inc., Ultra-Seer Inc., Hillsdale Marketing Inc., Specialized Products & Services Inc., Escotek Inc., and Diversified Industrial Technology Inc.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics from University of San Francisco in California, USA

Lorenzo Vito M. Sarmiento III

Non-Executive Director
  • President of Lockbox Storage Inc.
  • Former Chairman of Emphasys Process Corporation, and President of Medityre, and Speed Space Systems
  • Co-founder and COO of Advanced Environmental Soil Solutions Inc., Co-founder of South Super Sports
  • Former Team Manager under contract with the Philippine Football Federation, and Creative Director of Speed HKG
  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration with focus on marketing and international business from University of San Francisco, and various courses in international studies at the Richmond College in London, England and network engineering at Heald College in California, USA

Juan Arturo Iluminado C. de Castro

Non-Executive Director
  • Managing partner of the De Castro & Cagampang-De Castro Law Firm, with extensive experience in corporate rehabilitation
  • Assistant Professorial Lecturer at the De La Salle University College of Law
  • Author of the Philippine Energy Law: The Philippine Electric Power Industry: Deciphering the Unique Dynamics of Energy Law, Policy, and Development in a Developing Country (2012)
  • Former Team Manager under contract with the Philippine Football Federation, and Creative Director of Speed HKG
  • Master of laws, and doctorate in the science of law from University of California Berkeley School of Law, and bachelor of laws from University of the Philippines College of Law

Manuel D. Escueta

Independent Director
  • Independent Director of Union Bank of the Philippines, and Pascual Laboratories where he formerly held the roles of President and CEO
  • Former Chairman of Pascual Consumer Health Corp, Vice President for Corporate Marketing and Communication of United Laboratories, and General Advertising Manager of P&G Asia
  • Former Director of the Advertising Board of the Philippines
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of the Philippines, Diliman

Vicente Julian A. Sarza

Independent Director
  • Independent Director of HC Consumer Finance Philippines, Inc. (Home Credit) and AIB Money Market Mutual Fund, Inc.
  • Consultant of Mabuhay Capital where he was Former Director and COO
  • Former Senior Vice President Head of Institutional Banking of Asia United Bank, Principal of Advisory Services in KPMG Philippines, and President and COO of United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) Savings Bank
  • Former Chief Privatization Officer, and Director and Chairman of the Technical Committee Privatization Office and Special Concerns for the Department of Finance where he was involved in the successful privatization of Maynilad, International School, Philippine Telecommunications Investment Corp., Energy Development Corp., and lloilo Airport
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics from the Ateneo De Manila University