Abelardo V. Cortez

Independent Director


Atty. Cortez has over 25 years of experience in the local and international banking industry, with concentration on treasury, trust and private banking side of the business.


He held the following posts over the years: Money Market head, Rizal Banking Corporation; head, Financial Institutions Division, Bank of the Philippine Islands; vice president - Treasury Operations, Bank of the Philippine Islands; managing director and CEO, BPI International Finance Ltd. (Hong Kong); vice president/head - Private Banking Group, Bank of the Philippine Islands; director for Trust and Investments, ATR KimEng Capital Partners, Inc.; and director, First Metro Asset Management, Inc.


He was former president of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) and co-chairman of the country's Capital Market Development Council. He was also elected secretary-general of the International Association of Financial Executives Institutes. Currently, he sits as an independent director of PBC Capital Investment Corporation and First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange-Traded Fund. He is also a director/trustee of FINEX Foundation and writes a monthly business column for BusinessWorld. Atty. Cortez finished his Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College of Law and was the recipient of the school's highest award, the Abbott Award. He completed his bachelor's degree at San Beda College, graduating as Cum Laude. In 2008, he was awarded the Most Distinguished Bedan in the field of banking and finance by the San Beda College Alumni Association.