Matimco, which is more popularly known for their Matwood, is the market leader in premium treated wood. The company is celebrating its 55th year this 2019 and its President and CEO, Charlie Liu, shares the best practices of a business-to-business organization like theirs in marketing and innovation.   Q1: Wood is perceived as a commodity. Matimco branded Matwood and is […]

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Lynn Baxter rose from the ranks as a medical representative in the UK through local, regional and global positions leading different products and markets in various countries such as China and Belgium. She is currently the President of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in the Philippines. GSK is a research-based, patient-focused global pharmaceutical firm. She shares her insights on the sales innovation process […]

Bea Teh-Tan was appointed Consumer Business Manager for Citi Philippines in March 2013 & has just been appointed as Consumer Business Manager for Citi Indonesia upon regulatory approval. Prior to this role, Tan was Credit Payment Products Head managing the consumer finance portfolio, including credit cards and personal loans of Citi Philippines. Bea was earlier recognized as one of the […]

Q1: SEAOIL is the largest independent fuel company in the Philippines and is now one of the top 60 corporations in revenues. Can you share with us the major challenges you encountered as a new entrant in the retail business in 1997 and how you overcame them? A: When we started the retail business, we were aware that we will compete with industry giants […]

Q1: What is one word you want your cakes to be known for and why? A: Bespoke…because it’s customized and personalized. Q2: You have been successful in the super premium cakes category. What have you been doing right all these years to create a niche leadership in the cake industry? A: Wow! Doing it right? It’s the first time I […]

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Cebuana Lhuillier is in the Guinness World Record as the largest chain of pawnshops in the world with close to 2000 outlets, bigger than many banks combined, serving mostly – the ordinary “unbanked” population. It’s president, Jean Henri Lhuillier shares his thoughts about innovation. Q1: How do you go about understanding your target consumers and what have you discovered about […]

Q1: What is IdeaSpace? Why was it set up? What is its vision?  A: IdeaSpace is aimed to help grow a Philippine economy through science and technology.  We were set-up by the First Pacific Group of Companies to foster a spirit of technopreneurship in the country and encourage more young people to consider becoming entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists.  The goal […]

Q1: Not many people know your history, but you actually took over FERN  Inc. as a turnaround operation. Please tell us about your early days. We Bring Prosperity to Every Home by Tapping the Entrepreneur in Every Filipino. This is the vision, which the pioneers of FERN Inc. had when they first started in 2003. We envisioned uplifting the lives […]

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