John Eric Francia

President & CEO

Patrice Clausse

Head of International Group

John Philip S. Orbeta

Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Risk Officer

Jose Maria Zabaleta

Chief Development Officer

Maria Corazon Dizon

Chief Finance Officer & Treasurer
Compliance Officer

Solomon Hermosura

Corporate Secretary

Dodjie Lagazo

Executive Director &
Head, Legal and Regulatory Group; Assistant Corporate Secretary

Gabino Ramon Mejia

Executive Director &
Head, Plant Operations

Roman Miguel de Jesus

Executive Director &
Head, Commercial Operations

Irene Maranan

Vice President & Head, Corporate
Communications and Sustainability

John Eric Francia

President & CEO

Eric Francia is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ACEN. Under his leadership, Ayala established its energy platform from a standing start in 2011, to become one of the largest renewable energy platforms in Southeast Asia, with over 2000 MW of attributable renewables capacity.

Eric is also a Managing Director and member of the Management Committee of Ayala Corporation since 2009, and was appointed as Chairman of Ayala’s Investment Committee in 2021. He is also a Director of various Ayala group companies including AC Infrastructure, AC Health, AC Ventures, and as Chairman and CEO of ACE Enexor.

Eric earned a Master’s Degree in Management Studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, graduating with First Class Honors.  He received his undergraduate degree in Humanities and Political Economy from the University of Asia & the Pacific, graduating magna cum laude.

Patrice Clausse

Head of International Group

Patrice Clausse is the Head of International Group at ACEN. He joined Ayala Corporation in May 2010 as an advisor to the Strategy and Business Development team. He was a founding member of the AC Energy management in 2011 where he led the business development and operations teams. Currently, he is heading AC Energy’s International business, with focus on Southeast Asia and Australia.

Patrice is a member of the Board of Directors/Management & Advisory Committee of AC Energy International Projects. Prior to joining Ayala, he was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in London as well as with Marakon Associates (part of Charles River Associates).

Patrice received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University (UK). He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School where he graduated with high distinction as Baker Scholar.

John Philip S. Orbeta

Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
Chief Risk Officer

JP Orbeta is the Chief Human Resources Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Risk Officer of ACEN Corporation. He is a Managing Director at Ayala Corporation, where he served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Group Head for Corporate Resources from 2005 to September 2021.

He serves on the Boards of several companies across the Ayala group including AC Industrials, Ayala Foundation, AC Health, AG Legal and the ALFM group of mutual funds. He is currently the Chairman of the Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Ayala Coop). Previously, he served as the President and CEO of Ayala Automotive Holdings Corporation and Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. Prior to joining Ayala Corporation, he was the Vice President and Global Practice Director of the Human Capital Consulting Group at Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson).

JP completed his advance management programs at Harvard Business School, IMD and INSEAD, and holds a degree in A.B. Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Jose Maria Zabaleta

Chief Development Officer

Sech is the Chief Development Officer of ACEN Corporation and heads the company’s development arm, ACE Endevor, with over 3,000 MW of generation capacity under active development and 500 MW constantly under construction. He is also the Chairman of ACEN’s operating renewable subsidiaries and partnerships in the Philippines. 

Previously, Sech was co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bronzeoak Philippines, a pioneer and leader in clean technology energy development in the Philippines. Since 2004 and under his leadership, the Bronzeoak Group has deployed nearly $1 billion in capital across 16 completed projects with multiple international partners and investors. Bronzeoak’s energy businesses were integrated into ACEN in late 2016, and he now serves as Chief Executive Officer of Bronzeoak’s independent non-energy investments. 

Sech holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, USA, and graduated with honors from Ateneo de Manila University. 

Maria Corazon Dizon

Chief Finance Officer & Treasurer
Compliance Officer

As ACEN’s Chief Finance Officer & Treasurer and Compliance Officer, Cora heads various functional units under Finance, including Controllership, Corporate Finance, Treasury, and Risk Management. 

In addition, she holds directorship positions and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee in a number of subsidiaries within the ACEN group, such as South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation, North Luzon Renewables, Northwind Power Development Corp, ACE Endevor, Inc., and ACEN International, among other entities. She is concurrently the Chief Finance Officer and Treasurer of ACEN Corporation and of ACE Enexor, Inc.. 

Cora joined Ayala’s Energy and Infrastructure Group in 2016 after 28 years in Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI), where she served as Head of ALI Capital Corp., Head of Business Development and Strategic Planning of the Commercial Business Group, Head of Asset Management Group of Shopping Centers, Head of Control and Analysis, Head of Investor Relations as well as Chief Financial Officer of Residential Buildings, Office Buildings and Shopping Centers groups. 

Cora attended an Executive Management Program at Wharton University of Pennsylvania, and earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from De La Salle University Graduate School of Business. She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Accountancy and is a Certified Public Accountant.  

Solomon Hermosura

Corporate Secretary

Mon is the Corporate Secretary of ACEN Corporation (formerly AC Energy Corp.). With his rich experience and established track record in good governance, he led the development of the company’s corporate governance policies and standards, and alignment with shareholder initiatives and board decisions.

Mon also serves as Corporate Secretary, Managing Director, General Counsel, Group Head of Corporate Governance, Compliance Officer, member of the Management Committee, and member of the Ayala Group Management Committee of Ayala Corporation, as well as CEO of AG Counselors Corporation.  He is also the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ayala Land, Inc.; Corporate Secretary of Globe Telecom, Inc., Manila Water Company, Inc., Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc. and Ayala Foundation, Inc.; and holds directorship in a number of companies in the Ayala group.

Mon graduated valedictorian with a Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College and placed third in the 1986 Bar Examinations.

Dodjie Lagazo

Executive Director &
Head, Legal and Regulatory Group; Assistant Corporate Secretary

Dodjie is an Executive Director and the Head of Legal and Regulatory of ACEN Corporation (formerly AC Energy Corp.).  As Head of Legal and Regulatory, he spearheaded the development and implementation of the ACEN group’s corporate legal strategy, as well as governance and compliance programs.

Dodjie concurrently serves as the Corporate Secretary of ACE Enexor, Inc., and Assistant Corporate Secretary of ACEN Corporation. He was a Director and member of AG Counselors Corporation’s Management Committee from January 2014 to July 2017. Prior to joining Ayala, he worked with the law firm of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

Dodjie earned his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the College of Law of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and ranked sixth in the graduating class of 2003. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, graduating magna cum laude.

Gabino Ramon Mejia

Executive Director &
Head, Plant Operations

Gabby is ACEN Corporation’s Executive Director and Head of Plant Operations. At the helm, he was able to transform ACEN’s Thermal and Renewable power plants to achieve higher availability and improved operating efficiencies, respectively.

Gabby likewise serves as President & CEO of Northwind Power Development Corporation and North Luzon Renewable Energy Corp.; President of Negros Island Solar Power, Inc. and San Carlos Solar, Inc.; Chairman of Montesol Solar, Inc.; and former President of South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation and former Executive Vice President of GNPower Kauswagan Ltd. Co.. Gabby has been employed with Ayala Corporation for more than 25 years and is seconded to ACEN. He was previously the Business Development Head at HCX Technology Partners (formerly HRMall, Inc.) where he oversaw the set-up of the HR Outsourcing business of Ayala Corporation; and was a Project Manager in Ayala Land.

Gabby completed his MBA Internship in York University, Schulich School of Business, and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Letters from San Beda College where he graduated with Academic Distinction.

Roman Miguel de Jesus

Executive Director &
Head, Commercial Operations

Miguel is the Executive Director and Head of ACEN Corporation’s Commercial Operations, which manages the capacity of the operating plants of the company including the sale of power. He also concurrently heads ACEN’s South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation and ACEN Shared Services. Prior roles included leading ACEN’s solar developments in Vietnam, pioneering ACEN’s retail electricity business, and managing ACEN’s first operating wind assets in the Philippines.

Before joining ACEN, Miguel practiced law in the firms of Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & delos Angeles and Puyat Jacinto & Santos where he specialized in energy and project finance.

Miguel holds master and undergraduate degrees in philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University, where he was an instructor for ten years, as well as a bachelor of laws degree cum laude from the University of Philippines. Miguel is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s advanced management program.

Irene Maranan

Vice President & Head, Corporate
Communications and Sustainability

Irene is the Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications and Sustainability Group at ACEN Corporation, where she oversees public relations and drives the corporate sustainability strategy.  She leads the development of the ACEN brand and has spearheaded the development of the company’s Environment and Social Policy and Management System. She also led the company’s flagship sustainability program, a Conservation Estate, to promote sustainable livelihood and environmental protection in one of the company’s wind farms in Ilocos Norte.

Since joining ACEN in 2015,  Irene has helped pioneer Ayala’s Energy and Infrastructure Group using over 20 years of experience in strategic marketing and corporate communications from companies across various industries.

Irene completed her Leadership Program from The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in collaboration with INSEAD and Yale University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.

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