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Engr. James Gaviola Velasquez

Engr. James G. Velasquez earned his distinction in successfully fusing his Electronics and Communications Engineering skills with his management expertise, as current President and General Manager of IBM Philippines, Inc., the local branch of the multinational company with 100 years of operation in data processing, integrating information technology (IT), hardware, software, business consulting and other services into business solutions to meet industry goals.

In his successive capacities as Customer Service Engineer, Project Manager, Services Manager and Quality and Re-Engineering Manager, he worked tirelessly for “a vibrant and responsive national innovation system focused on the paradigm of emerging Globally Integrated Enterprise,” paving the way for the Philippine’s recognition in the world market as a pool of highly competent talents in business solutions and systems technology.

Under his watch, his company relentlessly worked on convincing the government and various academic institutions to modify the curriculum for engineering to include skills which are outside its traditional sphere, in particular, the Service Science, Management and Engineering (SSME)—a new academic discipline that brings together skills in the fields of computer science, industrial engineering, social and legal sciences and business strategy. He participated in the formulation of the National Innovation Strategy under the Filippinovation Initiative of DOST, IP Phil, AIM and IBM.

He was a recipient of various country and Regional Awards, two equal Service Award, several hundred Percent Club recognition and two Global Golden Circle Awards. He was also one of the recipients of the UST Engineering Centennial Awards (2007) for being one of the most Outstanding UST Engineering alumni for the past 100 years in the field of Industry Leadership.

He is happily married to Eloisa Velasquez.

Reference:

  • TOTAL Awards 2009 Souvenir Program
    28 February 2009, UST Plaza Mayor
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