Edward K. Lee
Chairman and Founder
Edward K. Lee, Filipino, took Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management Engineering at De La Salle University. He is concurrently the Founder and Chairman of the Board of COL, COL Securities (HK) Limited, CTS Global Equity Group, Inc., Caylum Trading Institute, and COL Investment Management, Inc. Mr. Lee served as a nominee of CTS Global Equity Group, Inc. to the Manila Stock Exchange and presently to the Philippine Stock Exchange. He was elected as one of the Governors of the Philippine Stock Exchange and was the Chairman of the Computerization committee of the Manila Stock Exchange and PSE in 1994. He went on to become a member of the Board of Directors of A. Soriano Corporation serving for two terms. Mr. Lee was also nominated as a finalist to the 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines by Ernst & Young. In 2015, he was awarded with the Theodore Vail Most Outstanding JA Alumni Awardee. From 2016 to 2019, he was appointed as an official board member of JA Asia Pacific.
Alexander C. Yu
Alexander C. Yu, Filipino, is a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduate of De La Salle University. He is currently the Vice Chairman of COL since 1999 and the Vice Chairman and Treasurer of CTS Global Equity Group, Inc. since 1986. He is also currently a Director of COL Securities (HK) Limited since 2001, elected as Director of Caylum Trading Institute in 2013, and Director and Treasurer of Winner Industrial Corp. for more than 10 years. He is the proprietor of Trans-Asia General Merchandise and in 1997, he served as a Director of A. Soriano Corporation.
Conrado F. Bate
President and Chief Executive Officer
Conrado F. Bate, Filipino, is a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management graduate of De La Salle University. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of COL and serves as a director for COL Investment Management, Inc. He has extensive experience in the Philippine stock brokerage and fund management industry. Prior positions that he held include: Vice President of JP Morgan Philippines in 2002, President and CEO of Abacus Securities Corporation from 1995 to 1997, and Vice President of Fund Management Division of Philamlife Insurance Company from 1990 to 1995. Mr. Bate was a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Stock Exchange (2005 to 2006) and served as its Chairman of the Investor Education Committee and Member of the Legislative Committee. He was an independent director of the ATR Kim Eng Asset Management from 2005 to 2010 and serves in the same capacity for Corston-Smith Asset Management Sdn. Bhd. from February 2009 to present. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Shareholder’s Association of the Philippines from January 2017 up to the present.
Hernan G. Lim
Hernan G. Lim, Filipino, is currently the President of Hoc Po Feeds Corporation and HGL Development Corporation. Mr. Lim is a Director of Caylum Trading Institute since 2013 and has also been a Director of Citimex, Inc., CTS Global Equity Group, Inc., and Barrington Carpets, Inc. for more than 10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas. He also took the Basic Management Course at the Asian Institute of Management.
Paulwell Han, Chinese, is a graduate of Business Finance from the San Francisco State University, USA. He is currently the Director and General Manager of different corporations located in Hong Kong, namely: Etta Trading Company Limited, Yee Ting Tong Company Limited, Tecworld Investment Co., Ltd., Silver Jubilee Co., Ltd., and Sunning Restaurant.
Raymond C. Yu
Raymond C. Yu, Filipino, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Commerce from De La Salle University in 1974. He is currently the President of Winner Industrial Corporation. He has served as a director of Caylum Trading Institute since 2013 and has been a director for more than 16 years of the following corporations: CTS Global Equity Group, Inc., Cedarside Holdings Corp., Cedarside Industries, Inc., Barrington Carpets, Inc., and Citimex, Inc.
Wellington C. Yu
Wellington C. Yu, Filipino, finished his degree in BS Chemical Engineering at De La Salle University in 1965 and his MBA and MS Chemical Engineering degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1973 to 1985, he was the Dean of the College of Business and Economics of De La Salle University and of the Graduate School of Business from 1981 to 1984. He is Dean Emeritus of the College of Business of De La Salle University. He was the Senior Vice President of Tropical Rent-A-Car in Hawaii from 1986 to 1990 and President of Suntrips, Inc. of San Jose, California from 1990 to 1997. In 2012, Xavier School San Juan awarded him the title “Exemplary Alumnus”. He is presently the Dean of the College at Philippine Cultural College in Manila.
Sohei Obara, Japanese, was elected as Director on 15 August 2022. Currently, he belongs to the Global Business Development Section in International Business Planning Department of Daiwa Securities Group, Inc., where he promotes international alliance and investment strategy. He has extensive experience in the Retail Sales, Corporate Planning and Risk Management since he started his career in Daiwa Securities Group Inc. in 2007. He graduated with his Bachelor of Physics from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology.
Arthur G. Gindap
Arthur G. Gindap, Filipino, is the Senior Vice President & Business Unit General Manager of Robinsons Hotels & Resorts. From 2004 to 2018, he was the Vice President & Regional General Manager of Philippines and Thailand and the Vice President of Global Operations & Customer Service of the Ascott Limited. Mr. Gindap has over 30 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry. Mr. Gindap graduated from Sheridan College in Canada with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration.
Betty C. Siy-Yap
Betty C. Siy-Yap, Filipino, is the SVP and Chief Finance Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Manila Electric Company. She sits in the board of several companies including, among others, Clark Electric Distribution Corporation, CIS Bayad Center, Inc., Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation, MERALCO PowerGen Corporation, and MRail, Inc. She is the President of Lighthouse Overseas Insurance Limited, a Trustee of the Meralco Pension Fund and One Meralco Foundation, Inc., and the
Treasurer of First Pacific Leadership Academy, Inc. and MVP Sports Foundation, Inc. She was previously a Director of Rockwell Land Corporation, a member of the Market Governance Board of the Philippine Dealing Exchange Corp., Vice Chairman of the Board of Accountancy of the Professional Regulation Commission, and a Partner at SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. Ms. Siy-Yap holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Accountancy from the University of the Philippines and a Master’s
in Business Administration from J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University/The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Roberto C. Benares
Roberto C. Benares, Filipino, currently sits at the Board of Directors of Bank of Commerce, BlastAsia Corporation, and Quokka Development Corporation. He served as the President and CEO of Bank of Commerce from 2013 to 2018 and as Executive Director and later on Managing Director of Maybank ATR Kim Eng Capital Partners, Inc. from 2001 to 2013.
Over the years, Mr. Benares held various positions at Asian Alliance Investment as Managing Director, Insular Investment & Trust Corporation as Executive Vice President, Philamlife as Vice President, and United Coconut Planters Bank as Vice President for Account Management. Mr. Benares holds a degree of BS Mechanical Engineering from De La Salle University and has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management.