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45 HR Leaders in Philippines Reimagining the Future of Workplaces
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45 HR Leaders in Philippines Reimagining the Future of Workplaces

Sharon Monteiro
February 13, 2024

It is the new era of HR in the Philippines. Human Resources is time and again acknowledged as a crucial component in business operations. The time is nigh to acknowledge the people who are behind the reimagining of the Philippine organization. 

Filipino HR leaders today are reimagining Philippine organizations at every turn of challenge and adversity. And we reckon they cannot go unappreciated. Today, we throw a shining light on Filipino excellence in the field of Human Resources!

Here are the HR Leaders in Philippines Reimagining the Future of Workplaces. Follow them for their insights pertaining to every key component of the HR field. 

Disclaimer: The list is purely subjective and is created on the basis of relevant experience and the contribution of the selected professionals to the field of human resources. If you have any suggestions or recommendations of other names who deserve to be a part of the list, please reach out to us and nominate your choice Reimagining the Future of Workplaces.

HR Leaders in Philippines Reimagining the Future of Workplaces

Darwin Rivers

Darwin Rivers is the Vice President of Human Resources - Global HR Operations of INSPIRO, a global BPO, as well as the Founder and President of he Philippines HR Group Inc., an institution with more than 270K members that is part of his personal advocacy to advance the HR profession in. thePhilippines. He is a multi-award winning HR executive with more than 20 years of progressive leadership and management experience in the BP/Share Services/IT Industries.

Camille Madriñal

Camille Madriñal is the Associate Director of Recruitment (Philippines & Malaysia) at Nezda Technologies Inc. She has more than 10 years of experience working in a BPO Industry, Recruitment Firm and IT Solutions, giving her a solid background in HR Operations, Database Management and IT Recruitment.

Patrick Jess Dimayuga

Patrick Jess Dimayuga is the Recruitment Manager at AboitizPower, and the CEO and Founder of HIP Careers Philippines. He draws on his ten years of experience in talent acquisition, people strategy, and employer branding, having taken on key management roles across various industries. Pat has been recognized as among the Top 100 Filipinos to Follow on LinkedIn for Inspiration and Learning. 

Michelle Cordero-Garcia

Michelle Cordero-Garcia is the Regional Director - Human Resources (Asia-Pacific) at Dexcom. With close to 30 years in HR, she has developed competence in the areas of people operations, organizational and leadership development, culture & change management, succession planning, and other key areas of HR. On March 2022, Michelle was awarded Top 100 Influential Filipino Women on LinkedIn. She was also listed part of Top 100 Filipinos To Follow On LinkedIn in 2020. 

Connie Barrientos-Carey

Connie Barrientos-Carey is the Human Resources Manager at Vismotor Corporation, the Co-Founder of XalMeds, and the President of Aleph Talent Solutions. With over 16 years of experience as an HR professional, she has an expertise in recruitment, sourcing, training, business development, and performance management. 

Raymond Victorino

Raymond Victorino is the HR Business Partner Senior Manager at Jollibee Group of Companies, Mentor of The Global Grid mentorship program at Nexford University, Career Coach at Breakthrough Leadership Management Consultancy, Inc., and a Contributing Writer at Marketing in Asia. As a Career Development Coach & Mentor, he helps professionals advance their careers and unlock their potential. Raymond has been recognized as the Top 3 Filipino to follow on LinkedIn in 2021. 

Drew Fernandez

Drew Fernandez is the Global Chief People Officer and member of the Coca-Cola Bottling Investments Group Senior Leadership Team at The Coca-Cola Company. He is responsible for the 45,000 associates and 800 HR professionals across all Coca-Cola-owned bottlers around the world. Drew is a seasoned business and Human Resources professional with solid global, regional, and local experience across the consumer goods, technology, and business process outsourcing industries. He has been recognized as the Top 3 Most Inspirational Filipinos on LinkedIn. 

Erika So

Erika So is the Assistant Vice President - Talent Acquisition Lead ay Citi Group. She has over 12 years of experience in helping people land their dream jobs. Being exposed to different industries like BPO/ RPO, Retail, FMCG, Pharma and Banking has equipped her to handle hiring requirements across all levels with confidence and ease. Erika has also been recognized as one of the Top 100 Inspiring Filipino Women on LinkedIn in 2022. 

Alvanson So

Alvanson So is the People Lead at Canva Philippines and a Certified Human Resource Professional. For the past 10 years, he has been exploring unique ways to unpack people's full potential and ignite their passion to do the best work of their lives by creating a conducive, safe, inclusive, and diverse environment built on values-driven, people-centric, and culture-inspired best practices.

John Garfin

John Garfin is the Business Manager at ZingHR. He partnered with start-ups to -enterprises to find a game-changing solution for their business process challenges. His mission at ZingHR is to lead, inspire, motivate, and empower small, medium and enterprise businesses towards digital transformation.

Marvin Zoilo

Marvin Zoilo is the Founder and Chairman of the Philippines Chapter at the Asean HR Leaders Circle. He is a Certified HR Professional (CHRP), Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and Licensed Professional Teacher (LPT) with almost two decades of experience in HR and OD services. 

Fabi Cariño

Fabi Cariño is the Country Head of Human Resources at MedRisk International, with over three decades of professional experience. She is a multi-award winning Global Human Resources & Talent Development Leader. Fabi’s recognitions include the Top 100 Most Influential Filipino Women 2022, Top 50 Global Tech Mind by the Word HRD Congress, and numerous other awards. 

Leah Cendana

Leah Cendana is the Senior Director - BPO/ Shared Services and Strategic Initiatives at Viventis Search Asia, with nearly three decades of professional HR experience. She is an experienced Talent Acquisition Expert with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications, business process outsourcing, shared services and staffing and recruiting industry.  

Patt Soyao

Patt Soyao is the Founder and Managing Director at Icon Executive Asia, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of Shoppertainment LIVE, and Professor at De La Salle-College of Saint Benlide. He has over 12 years of experience in the field of HR. At Icon Executive Asia, Patt and his team focus on talent acquisition for startups, tech, and digital.  

Remy B.

Remy B. is the Chief Executive Officer at PBO Global, HR and Admin Manager at Dornier Technology Inc., and HR Manage and Consultant at Tixani Services. She has more than twenty years of work experience in the field of Human Resources, Communications, Advocacy work, and Community Organizing. Remy enthusiastically organizes learning sessions, leadership, and soft skills training and workshops; helping start-up companies with HR-related gaps and misses, and assists individuals to become visible in the job market.

Mikel B.

Mikel B. is the CEO & Managing Partner at Circa Logica Group. He is a multi-certified HR and business innovation leader, consultant, and resource speaker. Mikel is an advocate for process transformation as well as a start-up and SME Success Advisor. He has also been recognized among the Top 100 Filipinos on LinkedIn. 

Jay Avenida

Jay Avenida is the Senior Recruitment Partner at Icon Executive Asia, and his speciality lies in handling Board of Director and C-Level requirements as well as Consultancy Search for different industries. He is recognised among the Top 100 Filipinos to Follow on LinkedIn. 

Alfred Hans Yap

Alfred Hans Yap is the President & CEO at Genesis1 Training Services Inc., a Builder Talent Coach at Gallup, a Certified Executive Coach at Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, and the Executive Director & Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker at The John Maxwell Team. He helps companies who want to improve and maximize the performance and productivity of their Executives, Senior Leaders & Managers by teaching and coaching them with proven leadership principles whether they are handling teams on site, remote or hybrid.

Rhonadale Florentino

Rhonadale Florentino is the C&B Expert, Lead HR Consultant, Lead Trainer, Lead HR Strategist, President & CEO of UpRush Social Geekers. She has more than 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Internet Marketing, and Business Development. Rhonadale has been recognized as one of the 100 Most influential Women on LinkedIn and one of the Top 100 Filipinos on LinkedIn to Follow in 2021. 

Rico Recio 

Rico Recio is the Senior HR Manager - UK at CareerCo Ltd., and the Human Resource Business Partner at Aim Executive Search BD, with over three decades of HR leadership experience under his belt. His expertise includes recruitment & selection, learning & organizational development, employee relations, company policy, and other key HR areas.  

Vanessa Mercado-Maningas

Vanessa Mercado-Maningas is the Vice President of Human Resources at TDCX. She has nearly two decades of experience in Talent Acquisition and Recruiting with a proven record of success. Vanessa is an innovative leader with strong business acumen to effectively identify areas of improvement while driving operational excellence. She has excellent skills in developing & managing people and collaborating with others on strategic initiatives that add value to the organization.

Nicasio “Nic” Lim

Nicasio “Nic” Lim is the Senior Advisor - Corporate Human Resources at JG Summit Holdings Inc. He is a seasoned HR professional with over 40 years of experience in different industries, including local and global conglomerates. Nicasio is an Independent Director, Consultant and Adviser of companies and an Executive Coach. He loves pursuing his vocation as an HR professional, and helping companies and people reach their fullest potential.

Rina Chanco Estolano

Rina Chanco Estolano is the People Director - Talent Management at Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines. She is an experienced HR professional with a focus on organization design, compensation & benefits and talent management. She has both Center of Expertise and HR Business Partnership experience from local and multinational FMCG organizations.

Cleo V. 

Cleo V. is the VP of Global People Operations at ZEDEDA, and Advisory Board Member at UC Irvine. She is a result oriented leader, exercising strong organizational skills and attention to detail with the ability to provide transformational leadership capabilities and a deep understanding of “HR Business Partner” experience in both mid to large size companies. 

Charlie Chang

Charlie Chang is a Global Talent Acquisition Leader and the Head of Shared Services Centre at Page Outsourcing. He has over 14 years of experience as an HR professional. As a Global Talent Acquisition Leader, he has managed teams of Recruiters, Recruitment Coordinators/Admins to provide high-quality candidate sourcing, screening, coordination/administration support, and full-cycle recruitment for RPO programs.

Lloyd Bathan

Lloyd Bathan is the Head of Talent Acquisition at Reed Elsevier Philippines. He is running 15 years of experience in a multi-cultural / multi-national environment focused on Customer Service, Banking & Finance, IT institutions and HR Talent Acquisition. Lloyd has managed end to end Talent Acquisition Operations & Employer Branding for BPO and Tech-Driven Consumer Finance.


Rosa Fernandez-Manalo

Rosa Fernandez-Manalo is the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at Webcast Technologies Inc., an Independent HR Consultant and Headhunter, and the Associate Business Partner and Executive Search Consultant at Transitions Executive Search Inc. She is an experienced Human Resources professional with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality, manufacturing and consulting industries.

Bong Austero

Bong Austero is the Vice President at Aseametrics. He is an experienced People Manager, with more than 30 years valuable exposure to all facets of people management, with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry, in communications, and in development work. 

Liza M. 

Liza M. is the Chief Executive Officer at Aseametrics. She is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong track record of outstanding performance in start-ups, turnaround and high-paced organizations. She has almost 30 years of work experience and consulting in various industries. Liza utilizes keen analysis & insights, and a team approach to drive organizational improvements and the implementation of best practices. 


Loradel Ang

Loradel Ang is the Senior Recruitment Partner at Icon Executive Asia. She is primarily a headhunter for the Digital, ECommerce, Financial Technology, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Industrial sectors. Loradel has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Filipinos  to Follow on LinkedIn, and the Top 100 Most Influential Filipino Women on LinkedIn 2022. 

Aileen Sinay

Aileen Sinay is the Co-founder and Managing Director at Margherita Lotti Inc. and an Independent Training and HR Consultant. She has over 30 years experience in Human Resource Management, occupying several positions in both local and multinational companies in the Philippines and in Asia Pacific. 

Rashelle Cejo

Rashelle Cejo is the Vice President, Human Resources - Asia at Reed Elsevier Philippines and Lexis Nexis Asia. She has been an HR practitioner for more than 20 years, working for various industries - legal, hospital, pharmaceutical, business outsourcing and shared services.

Ian Rivera

Ian Rivera is the Talent Attraction and Acquisition Senior Associate at SGV & Co/ Ernst & Young. with close to 10 years in the field of HR. He is a Talent Acquisition Expert, HR Generalist, and a Registered Psychometrician. 

Michelle Morales

Michelle Morales is the Senior Human Resources Manager at Iyuno - SDI Group, Co-Founder and Chief People and Happiness Officer at Leading With Success, and a Freelance/Part-time Trainer and Consultant. She is an HR Professional with over 14 years of professional experience. Michelle is a Certified HR Professional, Master of Industrial Relations, Certified Management Consultant and a Registered Psychometrician with extensive experience in the field of Human Resources in various industries. 

Moses Santiago

Moses Santiago is the Human Resources Consultant at Connor, as well as the Founder of Angelyn’s Food Products. He has 17 years experience as an HR Recruitment Professional specializing in Recruitment Sourcing and Selection in different industries such as IT, BPO/Call Centers, Manufacturing and Executive Search.

Jenalyn Galarce

Jenalyn Galarce is the Talent Sourcer at NICE CXone. She is in-charge of designing and conducting engaging talent outreach campaigns, driving candidate engagement, and ensuring a strong candidate experience. Jenalyn has been recognized amongst the Top 100 Filipinos on LinkedIn 2021 and the Top 100 Influential Women on LinkedIn 2022. 

Brian Quebengco

Brian Quebengco is the Director of Organizational Effectiveness at TOA Global. He is also a Gallup Global Certified Strengths Coach, Accelerating Coach Excellence (ACE) Certified Coach, GTCI Certified Team Coach, and a TEDx Speaker. Brian’s life’s work is to help individuals see the best version of themselves. The work that he wants to do in an organization is to spark and sustain continuous development through ongoing conversations that drives performance, growth and value creation. 

Karlo Jay Plata

Karlo Jay Plata is the Country Manager of People and Culture at Airtasker, and Hacking HR Partner at Hacking HR. He is a Human Resources leader with deep exposure in diversified and technology industries. Skilled in strategic HR, internal consulting, coaching, HR policy-making, labor relations, contact centers/shared services, and organizational development.

Quirino John Calica

Quirino John Calica is the Head of People Operations, Philippines at Grab. He has over two decades of experience in the field of HR. He is an inspirational HR leader, skilled in organizational development, employee relations, performance management, and other key HR areas.  

Elisa Abalajon

Elisa Abalajon is the Chief Human Resources Officer and Agile Transformation Lead at Universal Robina Corporation. Elisa has over two decades of experience as a leader in the field of Human Resources. 

Senibe Salve Labastida

Seniba Salve Labastida is a Lead Recruiter, and an HR Consultant at TPMP. Her specialities include Recruitment, Training, Organizational Development, Employee Relations, and Labor Management, Customer Service, Facilitator, Coaching, and Mentoring. Senibe has been recognized among the Top 100 Filipinos for Inspiration and Motivation on LinkedIn. 

Edwin Ebreo

Edwin Ebreo is the Founder and President of exeQserve Corporation. Ed developed his skills in training, recruitment, human resource management, organization development and management consulting through twenty years of collective experience in the retail, financial, BPO and HR consulting business. 

Marvin Rodriguez

Marvin Rodriguez is the Country Director at MiraMed: A Global Services Company, and the Partner and Director at HCM Nexus Consulting, Inc. He is a seasoned HR professional with nearly a decade of experience under his belt, and now heads the Philippines services of a global healthcare BPO enterprise.

Catherine Cerojales

Catherine Cerojales is an independent Talent Acquisition Consultant and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources. She has over 13 years of work experience and familiarity in all areas of Human Resources with core competency in Talent Acquisition. Catherine’s career highlight also includes working as an HR Generalist and HR Business Partner in a regional capacity handling employee services such as but not limited to Labor Relations, Benefits Administration, Training, and Employee Engagement.

Christopher Deza

Christopher Deza is the Head of Corporate Services and Business Auxiliary Services at Shoemaker's Group of Companies, a part-time Organizational Development Consultant at Woodfields Consultants, Inc., a part-time College Instructor at Leon Guinto Memorial College, and an Instructor at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Marikina. Christopher is a licensed educator and a globally certified HR professional with more than a decade of leadership and experience in all facets of People Management. 

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