Mr. Purisima served in the government of the Philippines as Secretary of Finance and Chair of Economic Development Cluster of the President’s Cabinet from July 2010 to June 2016 and as Secretary of Trade and Industry from January 2004 to February 2005. Under his leadership, the Philippines received its first investment-grade ratings. He was named Finance Minister of the Year seven times in six consecutive years by a number of publications, a first for the Philippines. Prior to serving the government, Mr. Purisima was the Chairman & Country Managing Partner of the Philippines’ largest professional services firm SGV & Co.
Age: 63, Born 1960
- Elected as Independent Director January 2021 to Present
Board committee membership
- Member of the Executive Committee
- Chairman of the Nomination Committee
- Member of the Risk Management Committee
- Member of the Audit Committee
- Board representative on the BPI IT Steering Committee
He is also an Independent Director of BPI Capital Corporation.
Relevant skills and experience
Mr. Purisima is a Certified Public Accountant and has extensive experience in public accounting both in the Philippines and abroad. Apart from his private sector experience, he also previously served on the boards of a number of government institutions, including as a member of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Governor of the Asian Development Bank and World Bank for the Philippines, Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund for the Philippines, and Chairman of the Land Bank of the Philippines. He was conferred the Chevalier dans I'Ordre national de Ia Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour) by the President of the French Republic in 2017, the Order of Lakandula, Rank of Grand Cross (Bayani) by the President of the Philippines in 2016, and the Chevalier de I'Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order of Merit) by the President of the French Republic in 2001.
He is also a founding partner of lkhlas Capital Singapore Pte. Ltd., a pan-ASEAN private equity platform. He is a member of the Board of AlA Group Limited, and a member of the Global Advisory Council of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
Environmental, social, and governance
He is a member of Singapore Management University's lnternational Advisory Council in the Philippines. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the World Wildlife Fund- Philippines, De La Salle University, and the International School of Manila. He is an Asia Fellow at the Milken Institute, a global, non-profit, on-partisan think tank.
Mr. Purisima obtained his Bachelor of Science in Commerce (Majors in Accounting & Management of Financial Institutions) degree from De La Salle University (Manila) in 1979, Master of Management degree from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University in 1983 and Doctor of Humanities honoris causa degree from Angeles University Foundation (Philippines) in 2012.