David M. Consunji is the Chairman of publicly-listed holding firm, DMCI Holdings, Incorporated (PSE: DMC). He was a former Secretary of the Department of Public Works, Transportation and Communications during the Marcos administration. In 2010, Forbes listed him as the 12th richest Filipino with a networth of USD 715 million. He is this year's largest gainer.
After working as a concrete inspector, David Consunji founded D.M. Cosunji, Incorporated in 1954 and has become its Chairman since. He has also served as Chairman of Semirara Mining Corporation(PSE: SCC) (formerly known as Semirara Coal Corporation), Dacon Corporation, Freyssinet Philippines, Incorporated and Asia Industries Inc. In 1995, he established the DMCI Holdings, Incorporated to consolidate the businesses.
He also served as the President of the Philippine Contractors Association, International Federation of Asian & Western Pacific Contractors' Association, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers and Vice-President of the Confederation of International Contractors' Association. Aside from these organizations, he was also the Chairman of the Contractors Association, the Philippine Domestic Construction Board and the U.P Engineering Research and Development Foundation.
In 1979, Consunji was named Outstanding Citizen of the City of Manila for Engineering. He was also awarded one of the ten outstanding Civil Enginers by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers in 1982. In 1993, he was a recipient of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from the University of the Philippines. In 1994, Consunji was named Meralco Awardee in Engineering and Applied Science. He was also a recipient of the Civil Engineer Diamond Jubile Award conferred by the University of the Philippines Alumni Engineers in 1993, and was named Management Association of the Philippines Awardee in 1996. In 2001, he received The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awardee for Construction Industry.
Consunji wrote his autobiography, A Passion to Build: A Memoir of David M. Consunji. His son, Isidro Consunji is currently the president of the DMCI Holdings, Incorporated. His grandson, Victor Consunji is set to marry Bb. Pilipinas World Maggie Wilson on December 2010.