James Velasquez: President & CEO of PT&T among the Top 50 Rising Tigers, Nation Builders in Asia Pacific


Rising Tigers: Nation Builders, a new business publication to be launch on March 22, 2022,  at the Grand Hyatt Manila at the BGC in Taguig will feature the Top 50 Rising Tigers of the Asia Pacific. They are the best and the brightest individuals in the Philippines and Southeast Asia who never fail to balance commitment to growth with corporate social responsibility, even during the most trying times.

One of the featured Rising Tiger on the pilot edition of the said business magazine is Mr. James Velasquez.

PT&T, James Velasquez

Mr. Velasquez has been serving as President & CEO of PT&T since June 2018. He is currently a board member of MRC Allied, 5GS Security Inc., and DRI Philippines. He is a member of Management Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, and the British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.


Committed to provide superior connectivity

At the helm of PT&T’s revival, the Company vastly improved its operations and financial viability. For the past four years (2018-2021), Revenues grew by 103% at 19% CAGR due to subscriber growth and the introduction of its IT Services business. Core EBITDA also grew by 529% at 58% CAGR. Following the successful establishment of its Quality Management System, PT&T earned its first ISO 9001:2015 certification, demonstrating its commitment to providing superior Connectivity and IT Services to its customers. More importantly, PT&T achieved a Customer Satisfaction (CSAT) rating of 95% as of December 2021.


Significant leap on services reap awards and recognitions

With the revival of the Company underway, PT&T also gained several industry recognitions. At the Global Economics Award 2021 under the Technology Awards Category (Philippines), PT&T was recognized as the Most Innovative Telecom Services Provider and the Best CSR Initiatives. The award recognized PT&T for its ongoing commitment to innovation, as well as its drive for customer-centricity while being agile in its response to the pandemic. 

At the 5th Gawad Maestro Awards 2021 by the Philippine Society for Talent Development, PT&T was hailed as the Learning & Development (L&D) Organization of the Year for Private Sector. The award honors and recognizes organizations who champions L&D programs as a strategic driver to achieve business results.


The Tiger leading the pack

Prior to joining PT&T, Mr. James Velasquez was a Senior Executive for IBM Global Technology Services – Asia Pacific with 30 years’ experience in running several business units in the region, with focus on IT Business and Infrastructure Management, Operations, P&L, and Regional Sales. He also served as President and Country General Manager of IBM Philippines where he was responsible for the overall business operations and led the company to both domestic and global delivery growth. During his term, he received the 2011 CEO Excel Awards in addition to garnering various recognitions for IBM in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Marketing, HR, and ICT. 

He was recognized by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) with the Engineering Centennial Award for Industry Leadership, Induction into the Engineering Hall of Fame, and The Outstanding Alumni Award (TOTAL) for Business Management. He was also included in Letran’s Grandes Figuras and the Alumni Award for Industry.


Recognizing the Leaders of Tomorrow with the Rising Tigers: Nation Builders Publication

“With 2022—The Year of the Water Tiger promising 365 days of positive changes, business must be stable, and finances will flow smoothly throughout the year with grit on its side.” – shared Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, Founder and CEO of Tag Media Group. 

For efficiently directing PT&T’s transformation, Asia Leaders Awards take the opportunity to recognize and honor Mr. James Velasquez as among the Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific through the launching of the Rising Tigers: Nation Builders Magazine.

 Successful Entrepreneur and grandson of former President of the Philippines,  Robert Laurel Yupangco, one of the ALA board said, “Asia Leaders Awards Presents the Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific to motivate us all that despite all the challenges, we will emerge triumphant. These are the top leaders with the very new vision of the world now,”

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