Paul Cuyegkeng, President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul joined Sumifru in 2003 to effectively lead the bold new expansion programs of Sumitomo Corporation in their banana export business. Prior to Sumifru, he was with multi-national Dole Fresh Foods for some 30 years, culminating in his promotion as President of Dole Asia in 1993. He has held the position for 10 years and has gained much industry respect due to his many innovations and accomplishments during his tenure. He holds a Master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from the De La Salle College, Manila.
Paul Miller, Chief Financial Officer
Joined the Company in July 2011, Paul manages the business planning, treasury and financial side of the Company. A seasoned financial executive, he had held senior positions in different industries, including food (Dole Foods) and entertainment (Warner Bros., Walt Disney). Paul has extensive international experience across Asia, Europe and America. He has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business and a BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland. Paul is a CPA, starting his career in public accounting.
Noel Venus, Country Manager, Philippines
Appointed on May 2010 as the Country Manager for the Philippines and reports directly to the CEO. As Country Manager, Noel ensures that the entire business operation runs smoothly. He establishes goals, allocates resources, assesses opportunities and policies and directs execution of operations. He has been a longstanding member of the Sumifru family having joined in 1983 where he was first employed as a technical staff. Since then he has held progressive roles in the company and was the Banana Division Head, overseeing all aspects of Corporate and Growership farm activities, prior to this appointment. Noel holds a degree in BS AgriBusiness from Ateneo de Davao University and a Masters in Management specializing in Industrial Relations from the University of Philippines - Mindanao.
Ian Cuyegkeng, Corporate Planning and Strategy Manager
Ian started his position as Corporate Planning and Strategy Manager for Sumifru Corporation last January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for liaising with our international partners and investors while keeping the company’s standpoint in mind. He also makes recommendations to improve business performance from studying current industry practices and market trends. Ian first started with Sumifru in 2004 as an Operations Analyst. Since his initial post, he has built up a thorough understanding of the business, holding positions in operations, logistics and allocations. He received his MBA degree from the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland and completed his BS Management degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.