Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala

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Jaime Augusto Zóbel de Ayala II
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009.jpg
Zóbel de Ayala at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in 2009.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ayala Corporation
Assumed office
Preceded by Jaime Zóbel de Ayala
Personal details
Born (1959-03-06) March 6, 1959 (age 57)
Manila, Philippines
Nationality Philippines Filipino
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Eder
Relations Jaime Zóbel de Ayala (father)
Fernando Zóbel de Ayala (brother)
Children Mariana (b.1988)
Jaime Alfonso III (b.1990)
Eugenia (b.1994)
Mercedes (b.2004)
Alma mater Ladycross School
Worth School
Harvard College
Harvard Business School
Profession Businessman
This article is about the chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation. For the chairman emeritus of Ayala Corporation, see Jaime Zobel de Ayala.

Jaime Augusto Zóbel de Ayala II, PLH (born March 6, 1959) is a Spanish Filipino businessman, from the prominent Zóbel de Ayala family. He currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Ayala Corporation. He succeeded his father Jaime Zóbel de Ayala, as the company's president and CEO in 1994 and as chairman and CEO in 2006.

In addition to his position in the Ayala Corporation, Zobel is chairman of the board of directors of Globe Telecom, Bank of the Philippine Islands, and Integrated Microelectronics Inc. (IMI); vice chairman of the board of directors and member of the Executive Committee of Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI); vice chairman of Manila Water Co.; and co-chairman and trustee of Ayala Foundation, Inc.[1]

He also sits on the boards of various international and local business and socio-civic organizations.



  • Vice chairman, Asia Society Philippine Foundation, Inc.
  • Member, board of governors of the Asian Institute of Management
  • Trustee and former chairman, Children's Hour Philippines, Inc.
  • Member, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines Advisory Board
  • Member of the board and former co-vice chairman, Makati Business Club
  • Member, Philippine Economic Society
  • Chairman, World Wildlife Fund (Philippines)

Honors include World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow in 1995; Emerging Markets CEO of the year in 1998 (sponsored by ING); Philippine TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) Award in 1999 and Management Association of the Philippines Management Man of the Year Award in 2006.

On September 27, 2007, he was conferred Harvard Business School’s highest honor, the Alumni Achievement Award, by Dean Jay O. Light. The award was also given to: Donna Dubinsky, A. Malachi Mixon of Invacare, Sir Martin Sorrell of WPP Group and Hansjorg Wyss of Synthes. Zobel de Ayala received his MBA from HBS in 1987. Zobel de Ayala was cited for “his innovative, entrepreneurial style of management (that) has benefited both Ayala and an island nation that faces significant social and economic challenges.”[2] He is the first Filipino to receive this prestigious award.[3]

Zóbel has been conferred the Presidential Medal of Merit in 2009 and the Philippine Legion of Honor, Rank of Grand Commander in 2010.

Later on, Finance Asia named him Best CEO for 2009/2010 and he received the CNBC Asia Business Leader Award in 2010.

On November 25, 2010, Zobel received the Asia Talent Management Award at the 9th CNBC Asia Business Leaders Awards held in Singapore. Zobel was recognized for “his personal involvement in supporting and nurturing leadership within the company.” Zobel was quoted as saying that he and his brother Fernando Zobel de Ayala, president and COO of Ayala, consider succession planning as a critical element in ensuring the corporation’s sustainability. He was the third Filipino to be recognized by the annual program, following Globe Telecom CEO Gerardo Ablaza, Jr. who received the ABLA in 2004, and Jollibee CEO Tony Tan Caktiong for corporate citizenship in 2006.”[4][5]

Zobel studied at the Ateneo de Manila University (1966–1968), Ladycross School (1968–1971), and Worth School (1972–1976) before earning a B.A. degree in economics (cum laude) from Harvard College in 1981, and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987. He is married to Elizabeth (Lizzie) Eder Zóbel, a descendant of Santiago Eder. The couple have four children.

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