Board of Directors and Officers

The Board of Directors is responsible for achieving the company's aims, strategy and policy, and results. In discharging its role, the board is guided by the interests of the company, taking into consideration the interests of the company's stakeholders. The board is responsible for complying with all relevant legislation and regulations, for managing the risks associated with the company activities, and for financing the company.

Gerard H. Brimo

Executive Director

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Age: 69

Date First Elected to the Board: August 1, 2009

Gerard H. Brimo is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company. He is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTN, TMC, CMC, HMC, DMC, CEXCI and Newminco, and of EPI and its subsidiaries, and an Independent Director of Security Bank Corporation. Prior to his career in mining, he worked for Citibank for a period of eight years and was a Vice President in the bank’s Capital Markets Group in Hong Kong before joining Philex Mining Corporation as Vice President-Finance.
Mr. Brimo served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Philex Mining Corporation from 1994 until his retirement in December 2003. He served as President of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines from 1993 to 1995, and as Chairman from 1995 to 2003. He was again elected Chairman in 2017, a position he currently holds. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Manhattan College, the USA, and his Master of Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Management.

Philip T. Ang

Vice-Chairman

Non-Executive Director

Age: 79

Date First Elected to the Board: July 11, 2008

Philip T. Ang is the Vice Chairman of the Company. He is the Vice-Chairman of TMC and a Director of RTN, TMC, HMC, CMC, DMC, CEXCI, Newminco, and EPI. He is an Independent Director of Security Bank Corporation. He was previously involved in the textile business as Chairman and President of Solid Mills, Inc. and Unisol Industries and Manufacturing Corp.

Martin Antonio G. Zamora

Executive Director

President and Chief Executive Officer

Age: 48

Date First Elected to the Board: June 16, 2010

Martin Antonio G. Zamora is the President of the Company and of all of the mining subsidiaries of the Company. He is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EPI and Chairman of the Board of EPI’s subsidiaries. Before joining the Company in 2007, Mr. Zamora was the Philippine Country Manager and a Director of UPC Renewables, a global developer, owner and operator of wind farms and solar facilities. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years for finance and investment banking firms such as CLSA, Robert Fleming & Co. (UK), Jardine Fleming, and SGV and Co. He received his BSC in Management from Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), his MBA from London Business School (UK), and his Masters in Organizational Psychology from INSEAD.

Angelo Q. Valencia

Independent Director

Age: 53

Date First Elected to the Board: May 8, 2020

Angelo Q. Valencia is an Independent Director of the Company, Chairman of the Board Risk Oversight Committee and member of the Related Party Transactions and Nominations Committees of the Board. Mr. Valencia is a Senior Fellow at the Development Academy of the Philippines, and a Lecturer at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Command Staff Graduate Course. He also serves as Senior Advisor to the NOLCOM Heroes Foundation, Philippine Marine Corps and AFP Leadership Development Center. Mr. Valencia is also an Independent Director at Country Bankers Life and Non-Life Insurance Corp. He was also a Senior Corporate and Tax Counsel of the Lucio Tan Group and Chief Operating Officer of Mindanao Grains Processing Co., Inc.

Mr. Valencia has received numerous awards and citations for his public service endeavors. He founded the project Klasrum ng Pag-asa, a private sector initiative that builds, augments and reconstructs public school structures nationwide.

Mr. Valencia is a member of Ateneo Law Class 1998. He is also a member of the Philippine Bar.

Hiroshi Yoshida

Non-Executive Director

Age: 56

Date First Elected to the Board: July 17, 2020

Mr. Hiroshi Yoshida is an Executive Officer of Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (SMM), currently holding the position of Senior Deputy General Manager of Non-Ferrous Metals Division. He began his career with SMM in 1987 and occupied the following positions prior to assuming his current post from June 2018: Manager of Corporate Planning Department (July 2004 to November 2007), Manager of Overseas Project Department of Non-Ferrous Metals Division (December 2007 to September 2009), Deputy General Manager of Administration Department of Taganito Project Division (October 2009 to December 2010), Treasurer of Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation (January 2011 to February 2015), Deputy General Manager of Corporate Planning Department (March 2015 to May 2016), and General Manager of Corporate Planning Department (June 2016 to May 2018). He received his Bachelor in Economics from Gakushuin University in Tokyo, Japan.

Masahiro Kamiya

Non-Executive Director

Age: 61

Date First Elected to the Board: August 7, 2018

Masahiro Kamiya is the Chairman of the Related Party Transactions Committee and is a member of the Audit and Nominations Committees of the Board. He is a Qualified Executive of SMM and the incumbent President of SMMPH, CBNC, and THPAL since June 2019. Mr. Kamiya held various positions within the SMM Group since he joined the same in April 1982, to include the following: Executive Vice President of CBNC (February 2007 to August 2010), General Manager of the Administration Department of the Taganito Project Division of SMM (September 2010 to June 2014), Deputy General Manager of the Overseas Projects Department of Non-Ferrous Metals Division of SMM (July 2014 to March 2016), and President and Representative Director of Hyuga Smelting Co. Ltd. (April 2016 to June 2018). Prior to his most recent assignment in the Philippines, Mr. Kamiya was the Senior Deputy General Manager of Non-Ferrous Metals Division and the General Manager of Copper and Precious Metals Raw Materials Department of the same division. Mr. Kamiya obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

Luis J. L. Virata

Non-Executive Director

Age: 67

Date First Elected to the Board: July 11, 2008

Luis J. L. Virata is the founder and Chairman of Amber Kinetics Philippines, Inc. Mr. Virata is also Chairman Emeritus of Exchange Equity Partners Group Corporation, Chairman of Cavitex Holdings, Inc., Vice President of Exchange Properties Resources Corp., and a Director of Benguet Corporation. He is also a Founder and Trustee of Asia Society Philippine Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and is a member of the Huntsman Foundation. Mr. Virata previously held positions with Dillon, Read and Co., Crocker National Bank, Bankers Trust Company, Philippine Airlines, the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Makati Stock Exchange. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge University and his Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School, USA.

Maria Patricia Z. Riingen

Non-executive Director

Age: 55

Date First Elected to the Board: May 20, 2019

Ms. Riingen is the President of Manta Equities, Inc and Manta Foundation, Inc and a Director of Mantra Resources Corp. Prior thereto, she held various positions with the Western Union Company from January 2005 and was its Senior Vice President and Regional Head up to August 2016. She was an Executive Director and a member of the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank from August 1998 to March 2001; Vice President and Cash Product Management Head of Citibank N.A. from March 1994 to January 1999; and Brand Manager of Procter & Gamble from July 1987 to October 1992. She is a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). She was among Asia’s Top 20 People in Cash Management selected by Finance Asia in 2011 for being one of the region’s most influential power players and up-and-coming executives in the cash management industry. In 2013, Ms. Riingen was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World for her accomplishments as a Filipina senior executive working in a global company. In the same year, she received the Pinnacle Group’s CSR Award for spearheading a range of initiatives for better access to financial services in the Philippines.

Ms. Riingen obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, major in Marketing, magna cum laude, from the University of the Philippines.

Jaime J. Bautista

Independent Director

Age: 64

Date First Elected to the Board: June 4, 2021

Jaime J. Bautista, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), graduated from Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Magna Cum Laude in 1977 with a decree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce. He started his career as Staff Auditor of SyCip, Gorres Velayo and Company, before joining the Lucio Tan Group (LTG) of Companies in 1980 occupying various management positions in the group. In 1993, the LTG became the majority shareholder of Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Mr. Bautista was appointed as Vice President- Comptroller in 1993 and was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer of PAL in 1994, Executive Vice President in 1998 and President in 2004. He occupied the position of President until he retired in 2012. Mr. Bautista remained as consultant and adviser of various LTG companies. In 2014, he was appointed again as President of PAL until his second retirement on June 30, 2019. Mr. Bautista also served a Director of various companies in the Lucio Tan Group, including Macroasia Corp., Macroasia Airport Services Corp., Macroasia Catering Services Corp., Macroasia Properties Development Corporation, Eton Properties Development Corp., PNB Forex, Inc., Air Philippines, Inc., Asian Alcohol Corp. At present, he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Inc., a Trustee of the University of the East, UE Ramon Magsaysay Medical Memorial Center, International School of Sustainable Tourism, and Director of Air Speed International Inc., Alphaland Corp., Gothong Southern Shipping, Inc., Cosco Capital, Inc. (Puregold and S & R), and Philippine Bank of Communications. Mr. Bautista is an active member of the Financial Executives of the Philippines and the Rotary Club of Makati West. He is also the President of SKAL Makati International, a Philippine, regional and international tourism organization. Mr. Bautista is a recipient of several management and tourism awards by various Philippine and International Organizations. He was conferred Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities (honoris causa) by the Central Luzon State University on August 8, 2018.

Officers Nickel Asia Corporation

Gerard H. Brimo
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Philip T. Ang
Vice Chairman

Martin Antonio G. Zamora
President and Chief Executive Officer

Georgina Carolina Y. Martinez
Senior Vice President – Compliance and Corporate Support Services;
Chief Compliance Officer;
Chief Governance Officer;
Assistant Corporate Secretary

Maria Angela G. Villamor
Senior Vice President – Finance and Revenue Management Group;
Chief Financial Officer

Aloysius C. Diaz
Senior Vice President - Production

Jose Bayani D. Baylon
Vice President – Corporate Communications;
Officer-in-Charge of Public and Social Affairs Group

Rolando R. Cruz
Vice President – Research and Technology, Innovations and Corporate Special Projects;
Officer-in-Charge of Strategic Development and Growth Group

Rommel L. Cruz
Vice President and Head of Operations of Dinapigue Mining Corporation, Hinatuan Mining Corporation – Manicani Nickel Project, and CDTN Services Company Inc.

Koichi Ishihara
Vice President – Sales, and Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Michio Iwai
Vice President – Geologic Management

Gerardo Ignacio B. Ongkingco
Vice President – Human Resources;
Data Protection Officer

Christopher C. Fernandez
Vice President – Information and Communications Technology

Romeo T. Tanalgo
Vice President – Security and Administrative Services;
Chief Risk Officer;
Officer-in-Charge of Risk and Assurance Group

Jeffrey B. Escoto
Assistant Vice President – Technical Services

Rogel C. Cabauatan
Assistant Vice President – Community Relations and Environment

Ryan Rene C. Jornada
Assistant Vice President – Public Affairs

Marnelle A. Jalandoon
Assistant Vice President – Business Applications

Iryan Jean U. Padillo
Assistant Vice President – Accounting and Finance Reporting

Rodrigo V. Gazmin, Jr.
Assistant Vice President – Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

Patrick S. Garcia
Assistant Vice President – Internal Audit;
Chief Audit Executive

Barbara Anne C. Migallos
Corporate Secretary

Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation

Engr. Cynthia E. Rosero
Assistant Vice President
Resident Mine Manager

Taganito Mining Corporation

Lennie A. Terre
Vice President
Finance

Artemio Valeroso
Assistant Vice President
Resident Mine Manager

Cagdianao Mining Corporation

Fernando P. Cruz
Assistant Vice President
Finance

Arnilo C. Milaor
Assistant Vice President
Resident Mine Manager

Hinatuan Mining Corporation

Fernando P. Cruz
Assistant Vice President
Finance

Francisco J. Arañes
Assistant Vice President
Resident Mine Manager

Dinapigue Mining Corporation

Fernando P. Cruz
Assistant Vice President
Finance

Cordillera Exploration Co., Inc.

Graciano P. Yumul, Jr.
Senior Vice President
Operations