Ernest L. Cu
Executive Director, President and CEO
Globe Telecom Director since April 2009 and last re-elected on April 26, 2022
Globe Board Committee membership:
- Executive Committee
Mr. Cu, Filipino, 62, has served as Director since April 2009. He also serves as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Globe Telecom, Inc. He joined Globe in October 2008 as Deputy CEO, and was officially appointed President and CEO on April 2, 2009. Since then, Mr. Cu has been passionately driving a sweeping transformation across the company, including modernizing its network and IT infrastructure, developing a strong collaborative and service-oriented culture, and creating product innovations in its core business segments. Globe has since outperformed industry growth, with the company breaking records across all key product groups, brands, and market segments, catapulting Globe as the number 1 mobile brand in the country.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Under Mr. Cu’s visionary leadership, Globe embarked on a purpose-led transformation in 2016 to create a more sustainable organization. With its renewed mission, vision, and core values, collectively embodied in the new Globe Purpose, the company is now setting its sights on serving as a catalyst in driving the nation forward. In 2019, Globe became a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact, committing to implement universal sustainability business principles.
Prior to Globe, Mr. Cu was President and CEO of SPi Technologies from 1997 to 2008. At the cusp of the new millennium, he spurred the beginning of the BPO business model for the Philippines, earning him the recognition as one of the founding fathers of BPO in the country. Lauding his pioneering spirit, Ernst & Young named him ICT Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003. Recently, Ernest was hailed as the Best Telco CEO by London-based business magazine The Global Economics in its 2022 Awards. Definitely not a first for Cu, who was also named the Best Telecommunications CEO at the 2021 International Finance Awards, Asia’s Best CEO by Corporate Governance Asia at their 10th Asian Excellence Awards in 2020, and CEO of the Year at the Asia Communications Awards in 2017. Also in 2017, Cu was hailed as the Philippines’ Best CEO by Finance Asia; this is a second for Cu, who first received the award in 2010. For five straight years (2013 to 2017), Cu was included in the list of 100 most influential telecom leaders worldwide by London-based Global-Telecoms Business Magazine Power 100. Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific has also named him CEO of the Year twice, first in 2012, and again in 2017.
Mr. Cu has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management Engineering from De La Salle University in Manila, and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
DIRECTORSHIP IN OTHER PUBLICLY LISTED COMPANIES
Mr. Cu is not an executive director in any other publicly listed company.