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CEO in the news: Salim Group's man in Manila takes a final shot at telecom glory

At 70, Manuel Pangilinan fights to restore PLDT's edge while seeking a successor

Manuel Pangilinan, CEO of PLDT (Photo by Lester Babiera)

MANILA Manuel V. Pangilinan, the chief executive of top Philippine telecommunications company PLDT, receives a briefing each week from what he calls the "kids" of Voyager Innovations, a unit that develops "disruptive" technologies.

They update their boss on how the industry is evolving in the age of the internet and smartphones, and pitch ideas for capitalizing on growth markets like financial technology and e-commerce. A curious Pangilinan listens intently before offering insights on the project proposals, according to a source who has attended the meetings.

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