Board of Directors

Chairman of the board - Henry Sy, Sr.

Henry Sy, Sr., is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SMIC.  He is the founder of the SM Group and is currently Chairman of SM Development and Highlands Prime Inc., among others.  Mr. Sy opened the first ShoeMart store in 1958 and has since evolved into a dynamic group of companies with five lines of businesses - shopping malls, retail, financial services, real estate development and tourism, hotels and conventions.  He is likewise Chairman Emeritus of BDO Universal Bank, Inc., SM Prime Holdings, Inc., and Honorary Chairman of China Banking Corporation. Read more

Vice Chairperson - Teresita T. Sy-Coson

Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson  has varied experiences in retail merchandising, mall development and banking businesses. A graduate of Assumption College, she was actively involved in SM’s development. At present, she is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of BDO Unibank, Inc. She also holds board positions in several companies within the SM group. Among the awards received by Ms. Sy-Coson in 2014 are the Entrepreneurship Excellence Award from BizNews Asia and the Asian Corporate Director Award from Corporate Governance Asia. Read more

Vice Chairman - Henry T. Sy, Jr.

Mr. Henry T. Sy, Jr. is the Vice Chairman of SMIC and Chairman of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. and SM Development Corporation. He is also the Vice Chairman – President of Highlands Prime, Inc. He is likewise the President of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. He is responsible for the real estate acquisitions and development activities of the SM group which include the identification, evaluation and negotiation for potential sites as well as the input of design ideas. He graduated with a Management degree from De La Salle University. Read more

Director and President - Harley T. Sy

Mr. Harley T. Sy is the President of SMIC. He is a Director of China Banking Corporation and other companies within the SM group and Adviser to the Board of Directors of BDO Private Bank. He is the Vice Chairman of SM Retail, Inc. He holds a degree in Bachelor of Science, Major in Finance from De La Salle University. Read more

Director and Chief Finance Officer - Jose T. Sio

Mr. Jose T. Sio is presently a Director of the Board of the following companies listed with the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE): (i) China Banking Corporation, (ii) Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation, and (iii) Belle Corporation. Mr. Sio is also an Adviser to the Board of BDO Unibank, Inc. and Premium Leisure Corporation. He also serves as Director of the following companies not listed in the PSE: (i) SM Keppel Land, Inc. (ii) Asia Pacific College, (iii) OCLP (Ortigas) Holdings, Inc., (iv) Carmen Copper Corporation, (v) First Asia Realty Development Corporation, and (vi) Manila North Tollways Corporation. Mr. Sio was a Senior Partner of SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV) from 1977 to 1990. He was voted as CFO of the Year in 2009 by the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX). He was also awarded as Best CFO (Philippines) in various years by Hong Kong-based publications such as Alpha Southeast Asia, Corporate Governance Asia, Finance Asia and The Asset. Mr. Sio holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University, USA. Read more

Independent Director - Ah Doo Lim

Mr. Ah Doo Lim, a Singaporean, is an Independent Director of SMIC. He is currently a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sembcorp Marine Ltd., a world leading rig builder in the offshore marine and engineering sector, and of ARA-CWT Trust Management (Cache) Ltd., GP Industries Ltd., Linc Energy Limited, and U Mobile Sdn Bhd. He is also a Director of Sateri Holdings Limited, a world leader in the specialty cellulose industry. He obtained a degree in Engineering from Queen Mary College, University of London in 1971, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Cranfield School of Management, England in 1976. Read more

Independent Director - Joseph R. Higdon

Mr. Joseph R. Higdon, an American, is an Independent Director of SMIC. Until his retirement, he was a Senior Vice President of Capital Research and Management Company, a United States investment company. He joined Capital Research in 1974 and worked there until 2006. He analyzed Philippine Stocks from 1989 until 2006. He was a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines from 1962 to 1964. He is also an Independent Director of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and Security Bank Corporation. For six years until 2012, he served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Philippines. Read more

Independent Director - Tomasa H. Lipana

Ms. Tomasa H. Lipana is an independent director of SMIC.  She is a former Chairperson and Senior Partner of Isla Lipana & Co., the Philippine member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.  She is an independent director and Audit Committee Chairperson of various private corporations and a government owned and controlled corporation. She is also a trustee of several non-profit organizations.  She is a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.  Ms. Lipana took up Executive Education/Management Development Programs at Harvard Business School, University of Western Ontario, and Asian Institute of Management.  She received Outstanding CPA in the Public Practice Award from the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Outstanding Alumna Award from the University of the East where she graduated Cum Laude.  She was also a CPA Board placer. Read more