New leadership steers AAAIM’s powerhouse team

A new leadership takes the helm of the Alumni Association of the Asian Institute of Management (AAAIM). The chairperson for 2019-2020 is Corazon Tecson-Jimenez, a member of AIM’s Master in Development Management (MDM) class of 2002. The new vice-chairman is Roberto Manabat of the Master in Business Management (MBM) class of 1974.

Corazon Jimenez, who is better known as “Coratec,” served as vice chairman of the AAAIM board of directors in 2018-2019. Prior to that, she was AAAIM director from 2004 to 2007 and associate director of the AIM Policy Center in 2007. Before pursuing her MDM studies at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), she held key leadership positions in a major Philippine conglomerate. Right after finishing her AIM education, Coratec co-founded in 2003 the International Movement of Development Managers (IMDM) and served as its president from 2003 to 2010. Under her watch, seven key projects were undertaken by the IMDM. The most notable of these was their Barangay Improvement and Development Action (BIDA) program conducted in Camarines Norte. The mentoring done by the IMDM for the barangays in Daet, Camarines Norte helped in recognizing Daet as a competitive municipality in the Philippines.

Her prominent involvement in development management initiatives attracted the attention of the national leadership so that in 2010, she was designated by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III as general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) with the rank of UnderSecretary. In this role, she assumed overall supervision for urban and development planning, traffic management, flood control, waste disposal, public safety, environmental protection, public health, and sanitation for around 20 million residents and transient workers in a national capital region that is almost the size of the entire state of Singapore. To date, Coratec is back in the private sector, where she still advocates the use of renewable energy — in particular the solar and wind energy. She is also promoting the planting of 1 billion bamboo culms nationwide to give 1 million jobs for farmers and educate 1 million out-of-school youth through the use of technology by 2030.  All of these are in partnership with the Philippine Sustainability Challenge headed by Fr. Ben Beltran of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD).  

Supporting Coratec in the board is vice chairman Roberto Manabat. In the accounting and audit profession, he is widely known as the chairman emeritus of KPMG R. G. Manabat & Co., the Philippine partner firm of the Netherlands-based global network KPMG International Cooperative of Switzerland, a multinational professional services organization which is regarded as among the Big Four in the world. KPMG stands for Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler.

Bert Manabat started his professional career at SGV & Co. which was founded and headed by AIM founding chairman Washington SyCip. At SGV, Bert rose to become a Senior Partner and member of the Management Committee, and also once headed an Audit Group and the Insurance Industry Practice. His expertise did not go unnoticed. In 2007, he was named chairman and chief executive officer of KPMG Laya Mananghaya & Co. Within a short period of time, he transformed the firm into a major player in the competitive professional services practice in the Philippines. Under his watch, the firm grew its annual income four-fold. In time, the firm underwent a further transformation and was renamed KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. to underscore its evolution as one of the top accounting and audit firms in the Philippines. Recently, he retired and became the firm’s Chairman Emeritus

Bert Manabat stands out as a principal advisor to many corporate and government agencies for good governance principles and practices. He is also a sought-after resource person on matters pertaining to an internal audit, financial reporting, and risk advisory. As the first General Accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), he set up the mechanism for effective financial reviews of financial reports submitted by listed and other public companies being regulated by the Philippine SEC. The quality of the accounting profession in the Philippines is said to have been greatly enhanced by the initiatives he undertook at SEC during his stint there. He also served as chairman of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Council, the standard-setting body for the audit profession in the Philippines. He sits on the board of trustees of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In 2018, he was conferred the title Doctor-Fellow by the Royal Institution, Singapore.  On February 21, 2019, he was honored with an Asian Institute of Management Alumni Achievement Award (Triple A).

Corazon Jimenez and Roberto Manabat lead the powerhouse team of AAAIM which counts, among others, three Triple A honorees in its current roster. Apart from Manabat, the other Triple A awardees are Edgardo Limon (president of the AIM Triple A Club) and Victoria Garchitorena (member of the AIM board of trustees, former chief of the Presidential Management Staff of the President of the Philippines, former president of Ayala Foundation, and former managing director of Ayala Corporation).

The other members of AAAIM’s first 25-man board are: Ma. Afrecita Nieva, Candice Ann Lapan, Ofelia Odilao-Bisnar, Prof. Venie Rañosa, Prof. Michael Sherwin Macatangay, Prof. Emmanuel Canivel, Dr. Hermogenes Punzalan, Renato Constantino Jr., Marc Thomas Ablaza, Segismundo Exaltacion Jr., Agerico Melgar, Jesse Divinagracia Jr., Manuel Recto Jr., Maj. Gen. (ret.) Restituto Padilla Jr., Armando Lee, Mateo Mayuga, Antonio Tambunting III, Eustacio Orobia, Ben Ibarra Fernandez, Roberto Antonio David and Allan Tuazon. Ex-officio members include past chairman Diosdado Domingo, Student Association Chairman, Michael Angelo Patron andAIM Representative, Bernardino Jiao.

Previously, the AAAIM was led by a 15-man board of directors. It is the biggest country chapter within FAIM, the global alumni network of the Asian Institute of Management.

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