Gilbert F. Santa Maria, who was born in Butuan City but grew up in Cagayan de Oro is now the new President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL). This was confirmed yesterday after his appointment was unanimously approved by the 15-man PAL board during its regular meeting at the Century Park Hotel – Manila. Santa Maria was a handpicked nominee of PAL Chairman and CEO Dr. Lucio C. Tan.
In a press release, Dr. Tan called on all PAL executives and staff to support Gilbert Santa Maria and work together and help him face PAL’s many challenges.
Santa Maria was the former COO of the US-based BPO company Ibex Global. He has a Master’s in Public and Private Management from the Yale University School of Management and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. When he was growing up in Cagayan de Oro, he attended Xavier University High School.
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