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Manuel Pangilinan, chief executive of PLDT (Photo by Lester Babiera)

Salim Group's Filipino confidant on final mission to revive PLDT

Manuel Pangilinan must find successor who can match his talents

CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

MANILA -- Every week, Manuel V. Pangilinan, the chief executive of PLDT, the Philippines' largest telecommunications company, receives a briefing from what he calls the "kids" of Voyager Innovations, a unit that develops so-called "disruptive" technologies.

They update their boss on how the industry is evolving in response to the internet and smartphones, and pitch digital ideas, such as those relating to financial technology and e-commerce. A curious Pangilinan, meanwhile, listens intently, then gives deeper business insights on the project proposals, according to a person who has attended the meetings.

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