An Officer and a Gentlewoman – Part 1

Women have earned their way to Del Monte's management circle, among Del Monte's women workforce is a growing number of supervisors and managers. Our women executives are all over – in Makati' s offices, in Bugo' s Corporate Headquarters and Cannery and at the Plantation. Three hold senior executive positions - Marketing's Jo Pefia, Corporate Counsel Ginny de Guzman and newly promoted Cannery Pineapple Operations head Cloy Abejoela.

A recent check on our records showed we have 31 women managers and 129 women supervisors. Here are some of Del Monte's highly qualified and competent women executives whose careers can serve as inspiration to other women workers. These women were among almost 20 execs in Makati, Bugo and Plantation who responded to our request for interviews. Those who very graciously declined our invitation were lady execs Ginny de Guzman, Linda Agawin, Edna Cabading, Carol Opada, Julie Quiblat and Baby Bautista.

ANN GILDA SALAZAR-POZON has recently joined Bugo's SAP Competence Team as manager. The daughter of retired Plantation supervisor Honorato Salazar, she graduated valedictorian at Pltn. Elem. School and Holy Cross High School and magna cum laude at Xavier Univ. A “Del Monte product” who started young at Makati' s Internal Audit group, she eagerly admits she left a promising career in the big city to return to Cagayan de Oro and settle down with businessman Carlos Pozon. She has breezed through 27 years in audit, accounting, financial planning and programming. Ann remains active (with hubby and children Enrico, 23, Paolo, 22, Niko, 20) in Christian Family Life Apostolates.

ALEXIS WONG-CORPUZ is manager for ECR and Customer Service, Supply Chain Management, Philippine Market, based in Makati, and works closely with Del Monte distributors and the trade. Her work record includes 16 years at Del Monte and 2 at Cunanan-Price waterhouse. She worked mostly with accounting/audit units, until her recent career shift (audit to sales). With husband Ben and children Kristina, 10, and twins Oyo and Anshing, 9, Alexis spent 8 months in Melbourne, Australia for an International Experience program sponsored by Price Waterhouse, Phils. She's a CPA and cum laude grad of Polytechnic Univ. of the Phils. as well as honors grad of Manila public grade/high schools. Husband Ben is Corp. Audit manager of Arnkor-Anam Pilipinas, Inc.

MA. JOSEF A PENA, Food Service Category Manager at Phil. Market, was the first woman exec to join our marketing department. She went on to become the first woman senior executive at our Makati office. She oversees the marketing of Del Monte products in the Food Service industry. Armed with an AB history degree from Maryknoll and masteral units from UP Diliman, she ventured into marketing at Phil. Refining Co./Unilever. She moved to Nabisco Phils. as product manager and joined Del Monte as senior product manager. She was also the first woman instructor at Dale Camagie' s Phil. franchise operation. She has since been sent by the company to the Asian Institute of Management on a management development program. Jo is a widow with 2 teenaged boys.

NOEMI CORTELHAMOY has been manager for Cash Management at Makati Treasury group for the last four years. She monitors and manages the company's cash inflow and outflow, loan portfolio and fund investments. She had earlier served at Commission of Audit and Bank of the Phil. Islands before joining Del Monte. A CPA grad of Univ. of San Carlos (Cebu) and a Jesuit school in Butuan (Agusan del Norte), she's a working mom to 6-year old Joshua Jonathan. Husband Alan works as IT team leader at Aboitiz One.

FRANCES MONTEMAYOR-LUKBAN is our Group Product Manager handling Beverage Retail for 5 product groups - pine juice, juice drinks, orange juice, tomato juice and bottled water. Before joining Del Monte, she had valued brand management stints at Warner-Lambert and Universal Robina Corp. She was a consistent university and college scholar at the Univ. of the Phils.(Diliman). She's a certified fitness buff She recently got married to Jesus Rafael Lukban.

EILEEN MICHELE MANUEL, a Senior Product Manager, oversees programs (reformulations, tollpacking and advertising) for Del Monte pasta, canned beans and corned beef. She has handled some of Del Monte's non-core products (vinegar, ketchup, beans) over the last 5 years. A management engineering grad of Ateneo de Manila, Eileen loves to travel and see new places with friends.

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