The Board of Directors -Responsibilities & Composition
The Board of Directors -Responsibilities & Composition

The Board of Directors (“The Board”) is primarily responsible for the governance of the Company and provides an independent check on management. It has the duty to foster the long-term success of the Company and to ensure that the Company’s competitiveness and profitability will be sustained in a manner consistent with its corporate objectives for the best interest of the company and its stakeholders.

The Board formulates the Company’s vision, mission, strategic objectives, policies and procedures that guide its activities, including the means to effectively monitor Management’s performance. It provides direction and approval in relation to matters concerning the Company’s business strategies, policies and plans, while the day- to-day business operations are delegated to the Executive Committee.

The Board exercises care, skill and judgment and observes good faith and loyalty in the conduct and management of the business and affairs of the Company. It ensures that all its actions are within the scope of power and authority as prescribed in the Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and existing laws, rules and regulations. To uphold high standard for the Company, its Shareholders and other Stakeholders, the Board conducts itself with honesty and integrity in the performance of its duties and responsibilities.

Board Duties and Responsibilities

The Company’s Corporate Governance Manual specifies the roles, duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors in compliance with relevant laws, rules and regulations. In adherence to the principles of corporate governance, the Board is tasked to perform the following:

General Responsibilities

It is the Board’s responsibility to foster the long-term success of the Corporation, and to sustain its competitiveness and profitability in a manner consistent with its corporate objectives and in the best interest of the Corporation, its Shareholders and Stakeholders, as a whole.

Duties and Functions

To ensure high standard for the Corporation, its Shareholders and other Stakeholders, the Board shall conduct itself with honesty and integrity in the performance of, among others, the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Act on a fully informed basis, in good faith, with due diligence and care, and in the best interest of the Company and all Stakeholders;
  • Oversee the development of and approve the Company’s business objectives and strategy, and monitor their implementation, in order to sustain the Company’s long-term viability and strength. The Board shall review and guide corporate strategy, major plans of action, risk management policies and procedures, annual budgets and business plans; set performance objectives; monitor implementation and corporate performance; and oversee major capital expenditures, acquisitions and divestitures;
  • Oversee the adoption of an effective succession planning program and remuneration policies;
  • Adopt policies on board nomination and election that will ensure diversity in board composition in terms of knowledge, expertise and experience;
  • Oversee the implementation of a policy and system on RPTs which shall include the review and approval of material or significant RPTs and ensure fairness and transparency of the transactions;
  • Oversee the adoption of policies on the selection of Management and Key Officers and the assessment of their performance;
  • Oversee the establishment of an internal control system to monitor and manage potential conflicts of interest and an ERM framework to identify, monitor, assess and manage key business risks;
  • Annually review, together with Management, the Company’s vision and mission;
  • Ensure the Corporation’s faithful compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and best business practices;
  • Establish and maintain an Investor Relations Program that will keep the Shareholders informed of important developments in the Corporation. The Corporation’s CEO shall exercise oversight responsibility over this program;
  • Identify the Corporation’s Stakeholders in the community in which it operates or are directly affected by its operations and formulate a clear policy of accurate, timely, and effective communication with them;
  • Adopt a system of check and balance within the Board. A regular review of the effectiveness of such system should be conducted to ensure the integrity of the decision-making and reporting processes at all times;
  • Ensure that the Corporation has an independent audit mechanism for the proper audit and review of the Corporation’s financial statements by independent auditors;
  • Ensure that the Corporation establishes appropriate Corporate Governance policies and procedures pursuant to this Manual and the Governance Code, including but not limited to, policies on conflict of interest, and oversee the effective implementation thereof; and
  • Consider the implementation of an alternative dispute resolution system for the amicable settlement of conflicts or differences between the Corporation and its Shareholders, if applicable.

Balanced board composition

The Company recognizes the benefits of having a diverse Board and its value in maintaining sound corporate governance while achieving strategic objectives and sustainable growth. The Board Member’s biographical details can be found in the Information Statement. The Board is diverse in terms of expertise, gender and professional experience. The Board of Directors is composed of 11 members. Currently, the Board has 10 directors, 9 of these directors are non-executive and 4 of which are independent directors. The Board has a woman forming part of the non-executive directors. Furthermore, the posts of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company are separate to ensure a clear distinction between the Chairman’s responsibility to manage the Board and the Chief Executive Officer’s responsibility to manage the Company’s business. The division of responsibilities between the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer is clearly established and set out in the Revised Corporate Governance Manual.

Board Independence

The Board has four independent directors that possess all the necessary qualifications and none of the disqualifications to hold the position. The Company complies with the Corporate Governance best practice of having 3 IDs or 30%, whichever is higher to reinforce proper mechanisms for disclosure, protection of the rights of shareholders, equitable treatment of shareholders, and the accountability of the Board and Management are in place. In cases of conflicts of interest, Directors with a material interest in any transaction with the Company abstain from participating in the deliberation of the same.

Board Training and Orientation

The Company ensures that directors are able to perform their functions effectively in this rapidly changing environment to cope with heightened regulatory policies, foreign and local demands, and the growing complexity of business. Orientation programs are conducted for first-time directors to ensure that new members are appropriately apprised of their duties and responsibilities. This includes overview of the Company’s operations, Code of Conduct, Corporate Governance framework and other relevant topics essential in the performance of their functions. As a matter of continuous professional education, the Company facilitates the training opportunities provided for the Directors and Key Officers.

Board Meetings

The Board schedules meetings at the beginning of the year, holds regular meetings in accordance with its By-Laws and convene special meetings when required by business exigencies. The notice and agenda of the meeting and other relevant meeting materials are furnished to the Directors at least five (5) business days prior to each meeting. Meetings are duly minuted. The Independent Directors shall always attend Board meetings. Unless otherwise provided in the By-Laws, their absence shall not affect the quorum requirement. However, the Board may, to promote transparency, require the presence of at least one (1) Independent Director in all its meetings.

To monitor the Directors’ compliance with the attendance requirements, the Company submits to the Commission an advisement letter on the Directors’ record of attendance in Board meetings.

Attendance of Directors
January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
Board Name Date of Election No. of Meetings Held during the year No. of Meetings Attended %
Director, Chairman Emeritus and Founder John L. Gokongwei, Jr.+ May 29, 2019 13 12* 92%
Director, Chairman Emeritus James L. Go May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Director, Chairman Lance Y. Gokongwei May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Director, President and CEO Frederick D. Go May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Director Patrick Henry C. Go May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Director Robina Gokongwei-Pe May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Director Johnson Robert G. Go, Jr. May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Independent Director Artemio V. Panganiban May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Independent Director Emmanuel C. Rojas, Jr. May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Independent Director Roberto F. De Ocampo May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Independent Director Omar Byron T. Mier May 29, 2019 13 13 100%
Note: *Mr. John L. Gokongwei, Jr. passed away on November 9, 2019.

The Board Committees

To enable better and more focused attention on the affairs of the Company and aid in the optimal performance of its roles and responsibilities, the Board delegates particular matters to the Board Committees set up for the purpose mainly (a) Audit Committee, (b) Corporate Governance Committee and (c) Board Risk Oversight Committee (BROC).

A. Audit Committee

The Audit Committee provides oversight over the Company’s financial reporting, Internal Control System, Internal and External Audit processes, and monitor compliance with applicable laws and regulations. It ensures that systems and processes are put in place to provide assurance in areas including reporting, monitoring compliance with laws, regulations and internal policies, efficiency and effectiveness of business operations, and proper safeguarding and use of the Company’s resources and assets.

Position Director
Chairman Emmanuel C. Roxas, Jr. (ID)
Members Lance Y. Gokongwei
Frederick D. Go
Artemio V. Panganiban
Roberto de Ocampo

B. Corporate Governance Committee

The Corporate Governance Committee oversees the development and implementation of Corporate Governance principles and policies and recommends a formal framework on the nomination, remuneration and evaluation of the performance of the Directors and key Management Officers consistent with the Company’s culture, strategies and the business environment.

Position Director
Chairman Roberto F. De Ocampo
Members Emmanuel C. Rojas, Jr.
Omar Byron T. Mier

C. Board Risk Oversight Committee

The Board Risk Oversight Committee oversees the establishment of ERM framework that effectively identify, monitor, assess and manage key business risks and assess the effectiveness of risk management strategies. The BROC is responsible for defining the Company’s level of risk tolerance and providing oversight over its risk management policies and procedures to anticipate, minimize, control or manage risks or possible threats to its operational and financial viability.

Position Director
Chairman Artemio V. Panganiban
Members Lance Y. Gokongwei
Frederick D. Go
Emmanuel C. Roxas, Jr.
Roberto F. De Ocampo

The Corporate Secretary

The Corporate Secretary assists the Board and the Board Committees in the conduct of their meetings, including preparation of the annual schedule of Board and Committee meetings and the annual Board calendar. She also assists the Board Chairs and its Committees in setting agendas for the meetings, safekeeps and preserves the integrity of the minutes of the meeting of the Board and its Committees, as well as other official records of the Company.

The Corporate Secretary keeps herself abreast on relevant laws, regulations, all governance issuances, relevant industry developments and operations of the Company, and advice the Board and the Chairman on all relevant issues as they arise. She works fairly and objectively with the Board, Management and Shareholders and contributes to the flow of information between the Board and Management, the Board and its Committees, and the Board and its Stakeholders, including Shareholders.

Atty. Rosalinda F. Rivera is the current Corporate Secretary of the Company. She was appointed as Corporate Secretary on May 28, 2003 and has been Assistant Corporate Secretary since May 2002. She is also the Corporate Secretary of JG Summit Holdings, Inc., Universal Robina Corporation, Cebu Air, Inc., Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. and JG Summit Petrochemical Corporation. Prior to joining the Company, she was a Senior Associate in Puno and Puno Law Offices.

She received a degree of Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law and a Masters of Law in International Banking from the Boston University School of Law.

The Compliance Officer

The Compliance Officer monitors, reviews, evaluates and ensures the compliance by the Company; its Officers and Directors with the provisions and requirements of the Corporate Governance Manual and the relevant laws, the Corporate Governance Code, rules and regulations and all governance issuances of regulatory agencies. She also ensures the integrity and accuracy of all documentary submissions to the regulators; identifies possible areas of compliance issues and works towards the resolution of the same. She assists the Board and the Corporate Governance Committee in the performance of their governance functions, including their duties to oversee the formulation or review and implementation of the Corporate Governance structure and policies of the Company.

Arlene S. Denzon is the current Compliance Officer and Vice President of the Corporate Governance and Management Systems (CGMS) of JGSHI. She also serves as the Compliance Officer of Universal Robina Corporation and JG Summit Holdings, Inc. Prior to rejoining JGSHI in February 2013, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer (SVP and CRO) in charge of the Enterprise-wide Risk Management Group of Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc. (DMPI, more popularly known as Sun Cellular) until December, 2012. Ms. Denzon started her career in the Gokongwei Group in 1991 and performed various roles including Accounting Manager of JGSHI until 1997, Assistant Vice President - Special Assistant to the Chairman until 2001, Vice President – Treasurer and Acting Chief Financial Officer of URC International until 2003 before she was seconded to DMPI in 2004. Prior to JGSHI, Ms. Denzon had three years working experience as external auditor in Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co.

She is a Certified Public Accountant Board top-notcher and obtained her Bachelor of Accountancy degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.