Jose L. Cuisia, Jr.
Independent Director / Vice-Chairman of the Board / Lead Independent Director
75 Years Old
Mr. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. has served as Vice Chairman and Independent Director of the Board of Directors of SM Prime since 1994. He was first appointed Lead Independent Director of the Company in February 2017 and has been reappointed in the positions for succeeding years. He served as the Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America from April 2, 2011 until June 2016. Mr. Cuisia was also the Vice Chairman of Philam Life after having served the company as its President and Chief Executive Officer for 16 years. He was also Chairman of the Board for BPI-Philam Life Assurance Co., the Philam Foundation and Tower Club, Inc. Mr. Cuisia was also the Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Chairman of its Monetary Board from 1990-1993. He was also Governor for the Philippines to the International Monetary Fund and Alternate Governor to the World Bank. Prior to joining the BSP, he was Administrator and CEO of the Philippine Social Security System from 1986- 1990. Mr. Cuisia is also a Director of Bacnotan Consolidated Industries (now PHINMA Corporation); Independent Director of Century Properties Group & Manila Water Company, Inc. (all of which are publicly-listed companies). Likewise, he is also Chairman of the Board of The Covenant Car Company, Inc., and holds directorates in PHINMA, Inc. and Asian Breast Cancer, Inc. In 2018, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of FWD Insurance and elected as Chairman of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation. Ambassador Cuisia also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of educational institutions, Asian Institute of Management and De La Salle University. He was also the CV Starr Chairman of Corporate Governance for the Asian Institute of Management. He is also a Convenor-Trustee of the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Asia & the Pacific. He is also elected to the Board of Trustees of the De La Salle Medical & Health Sciences Institute and De La Salle University –Dasmarinas. Mr. Cuisia is an alumnus of De La Salle University, where he graduated in 1967 with degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Bachelor of Science in Commerce (magna cum laude). He finished his Masters degree in Business Administration-Finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1970 as a University Scholar. Mr. Cuisia is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades including 2017 Signum Meriti for exemplary public service from De La Salle University; 2006 Distinguished La Sallian Award; Ten Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) awardee on December 2016 by the JCI Senate and ANZA Foundation; the Order of the Sikatuna with the rank of Grand Cross by President Benigno Aquino III in 2016; Lifetime Contributor Award (public sector) by the Asia CEO Forum in 2015; “Joseph Wharton Award for Lifetime Achievement” by the prestigious Wharton Club of Washington, DC in May 2011; Management Association of the Philippines’ Management Man of the Year for 2007; Manuel L. Quezon Award for Exemplary Governance in 2006; Raul Locsin CEO of the Year Award in 2004; and Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Domestic Banking in 1982.
POSITIONS IN OTHER PLCs:
PHINMA Corporation - Director
Manila Water Company, Inc. - Independent Director
Century Properties Group, Inc. - Independent Director