Francis G. Estrada
Founder, Odyssey Capital Ventures (SPV- AMC) Inc
Francis G. Estrada currently serves as director in a number of public and private, For Profit and Not-for-Profit organizations.
He was the first alumnus to be elected President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Institute of Management (“AIM”). He serves or has served as Chairman of the Board of:
- Trustees of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) of the Philippines.
- Trustees of De La Salle University, a leading private Philippine university.
- Advisers of the Development Bank of the Philippines.
- Visitors at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
He also serves or has served on the following Boards:
- The Multi-Sectoral Governance Council of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
- Multi-Sectoral Governance Council of the Board of Investments of the Republic of the Philippines.
- Investment Committee of the 17 member schools and universities of De La Salle Philippines (Chairman).
Upon his return to the Philippines in 1997, after 22 years overseas, Mr. Estrada co-founded and served as Chairman, General Partner of Equity Managers Asia, Inc. (Philippines), a financial and investment advisory boutique. He has extensive experience in international merchant banking, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, direct investments and general management.
He has lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines. He has done business and traveled extensively in Asia, the US, Europe and the Middle East for over 40 years.
Mr. Estrada’s investment experience has included establishing and managing joint ventures throughout the Asian region, originating, executing, nurturing and exiting from a variety of investment transactions throughout the region.
Together with former US Treasury Secretary, William E. Simon, he co-founded and served as President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of William E. Simon and Sons, Asia (“Simon Asia”) from1992 to 1997. Simon Asia was a partnership among leading US and Asian private investors engaged in private equity investments and buy-outs throughout the Australasian region.
In partnership with former American Express International Banking Corporation Chairman, Richard M. Bliss, he co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of the Asian Oceanic Group (“AOG”) from 1982 to 1991.
AOG was a partnership among Cigna Corporation of the USA, the Kuwait Investment Authority, Nissho-Iwai and the Orix Groups from Japan, and a number of management related investors. Headquartered in Hong Kong, it maintained offices/joint-ventures in New York, Singapore, Manila, Jakarta and Istanbul.
He was Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer and led the turn-around of P.T. First Indonesian Finance and Investment Corporation (“Ficorinvest”) the merchant banking subsidiary of the Indonesian central bank, from 1975-1980. After eroding more than half of its capital base as a consortium bank, Ficorinvest was transformed into the industry leader within 18 months, a position it maintained for over a decade thereafter.
Mr. Estrada serves (has served) as independent director or adviser to the following publicly-listed, for-profit institutions: Ayala Land Inc. (Compensation and Nomination Committee Chair), the leading property company in the Philippines; Energy Development Corporation (Governance Committee chair), the country’s leading renewable energy producer and the world’s second largest geothermal energy producer and, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, a leading Philippine universal bank and EEI Corporation (the leading publicly-listed Engineering and Construction company in the Philippines).
He also serves as independent director (Risk Management Committee chair and member of the Investment and Audit committees) at Philamlife, the leading life insurance company in the country as well as RCBC Savings Bank where he served as Risk Management Committee chair.
In the Not-for-Profit area (and in addition to the above), Mr. Estrada serves as director/trustee of: Clean Air Asia, Sociedad Espanola de Beneficiencia, Maximo Kalaw and the Roxas - Kalaw Foundations. He is also an active advocate and senior adviser in initiatives involving inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development, the integrated development of indigenous peoples (the CARAGA region of Mindanao) and waste management.
He is a Fellow of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA); an organization dedicated to the improvement of public governance and performance standards through judicious and active citizen participation.
He has served as Advisory Board member of Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Antai College of Economics and Management and the Universiti Putri Malaysia, Graduate School of Management. He has also served as a Governor of the Xavier Labor Relations Institute (XLRI), a leading private graduate school of management based in Jamshedpur, India.
Mr. Estrada has served on the boards of over 40 private and public companies in Asia, the U.S. and Australia. He has served as Governor (and later on, Trustee) of the Asian Institute of Management, Chairman of the Philippine Business Council of Hong Kong, and founding director of the Asian Cultural Council and the Bayanihan Foundation of Hong Kong.
Mr. Estrada was named “Most Outstanding Alumnus” of the Asian Institute of Management in 1989. He holds Bachelor of Arts (Literature) and Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) degrees from De La Salle University (Philippines) and a Master in Business Management, “with Distinction” from the Asian Institute of Management. He completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 1989.
He has traveled widely and speaks Pilipino, English, Spanish and some Bahasa Indonesia/Melayu.