APBC Announces Board, New Leadership

Australia Philippines Business Council (APBC) is pleased to announce the Board of Directors for 2021-2022 as elected by the membership at its Annual General Meeting on September 30, 2021.

A new President is at the helm of APBC – Rene Cabrera, Managing Director of San Miguel Yamamura Australasia and APBC Vice-President for NSW prior to his current position.

"I feel very privileged to take on the leadership role of this highly regarded organisation which has a track record that dates back to 1975,” said Cabrera. “I’m personally delighted to be working closely with such a strong group of board members. I look forward to serving with each of them to continue to ensure the Council makes a positive impact for all stakeholders,” he added.

Cabrera also noted that it is his first time to lead a non-profit organisation. He is an experienced corporate executive, boasting senior roles in manufacturing, sales, logistics and planning in the var-ious packaging businesses of San Miguel Corporation, one of the Philippines' largest and most di-versified conglomerates.

Cabrera succeeds Eduard Alcordo, who stepped down after serving as President for the past nine years. Delivering his last address as President at the Annual General Meeting, Alcordo reported on the numerous initiatives and engagement with the government and private sectors of Australia and the Philippines during his stewardship of the Council, which built deep bilateral business partner-ships.

APBC’s 2021-2022 Board Directors come from a wide range of industries and experiences and will lend their diverse perspectives and collective expertise to inform and support the Council's work in the year ahead.

There are five outstanding new additions to the Board resulting in greater representation in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia:

Vice-President (WA) LOUISA COTTER Commercial Manager-Contracts & Procurement, Perth Airport
Director (WA) FRAMY BROWNE Family Law Partner, Lavan
Director (WA) TONY CHONG Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Director (QLD) Dr GLENN MCKAY. Managing Director, Medical Rescue Group
Director (VIC) Dr ALFRED PRESBITERO Senior Lecturer-Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University

The returning APBC Directors are:

DIPSY ALTOMONTE Managing Director, Imago Communications
RENE CABRERA Managing Director, San Miguel Yamamura
JOHNNY CHING Managing Director, Core Point Advisers & Accountants
HARAYA DEL ROSARIO-GUST Chief Executive Officer, StraightArrow
ALLAN MORTEL Partner, Pitcher Partners
VICK PILLAY Managing Director, MindTribes
RAFAEL TODA Managing Director, Todax Consultancy Group
GEORGE VOTAVA Group Managing Director, Net Fusion Technology

APBC is grateful for valuable contributions made to the organisation by Nicole Forrest Green, Mati-ja Squire and Ramon Ramajo, who have completed their terms on the Board.

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