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Nina Datu-Aguas

In a professional environment where men commonly occupy top posts in corporations, finding Nina Aguas seated among them is like a breath of fresh air. Her advancement in the corporate ladder and her successful family life serve as a living contradiction to the notion that success in the workplace results to failure at home, and vice-versa.

Appointed last March 2000 as Citibank N.A.'s Country Business Manager for Global Consumer Banking in the Philippines, Aguas became the first Filipino female CEO at the helm of a powerful financial firm which, for 98 years, has been directed by male expatriates. Tasked to oversee the consumer banking business in the country, she man¬ages a workforce of about 800 full-time employees and 1,500 external partners. Her efficient managerial skills resulted to a US$100-M excess in Citibank's total revenue, surpassing the financial targets set for the year 2000.

Prior to her appointment, she has been assigned to lead other Citibank offices abroad. According to Aguas, her decision to accept her stint in the Philippines was bouyed by her commitment to lend a hand in nation-building. A graduate of the UST College of Commerce, where she majored in Accounting, Aguas affirms the Thomistic principle of "passion for the truth, compassion for others."

As a young Thomasian stu-dent, she was president of the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants fighting for the improvement of the accounting curriculum at the height of martial rule in the country. As a professional, she continually commits herself to quality of work and adapts the open-door policy in her dealings with people, especially her staff. As a family woman, she finds confidence in the support she gets from her husband, fellow Thomasian and SGV executive Mario M. Aguas, and her five children.

Reference:

  • UST Alumni Association, Inc.
    TOTAL Awards 2002 Souvenir Program
    March 22, 2002, UST Medicine Auditorium
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