Fernando Zobel De Ayala

CEO and President, Ayala Corporation


Besides his involvement in various industries as president and CEO of Ayala Corporation, Fernando Zobel de Ayala is also an environmentalist and a philanthropist

He is the president and CEO of Ayala Corporation, his family’s 187-year-old conglomerate with a diversified interests from real estate to banking, telecommunications and a lot more. As a senior member of the seventh generation, Fernando Zobel de Ayala has been working in tandem with his brother Jaime Augusto, in leading their family business into the 21st century. Fernando has held chairmanship and director roles in various subsidiaries involved in telecommunications, finance and investments, healthcare, logistics and energy. As a member of the Philippine Legion of Honour, he received the rank of Grand Commander in 2010.

Since his new post, which took effect at the end of 2020, Fernando has focused on new ventures entered during the pandemic. He spearheads the effort for net zero greenhouse gas by 2050, investing in a renewable energy plant in Laguna through AC Energy (ACEN), where he sits as chairman of the board.

Since 2017, he has earned recognition for his green approach when he was conferred the Dedalo Minosse award for his role in designing environmentally conscious properties. Such developments as El Nido in Palawan, Nuvali in Sta Rosa and the BGC Arts Centre were examples of this mindful perspective to creating sustainable spaces.


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Global Family Business Award (IMD-Lombard Odier)


Andrea Palladio International Prize (Dedalo Minosse/ ALA-Assoarchitetti)


Management Man of the Year (Management Association of the Philippines)

Did You Know?

Fernando Zobel de Ayala runs another type of race: triathlons. In his heyday, he was a consistent participant of the annual Iron Man 70.3 Philippines and Singapore. In 2012, he sustained injuries in the bike segment of the Pico de Loro Triathlon event. He sustained significant injuries on the face and required a helicopter to rush him to Manila, where his condition was stabilised.

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