Lance Gokongwei

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Lance Gokongwei is son of the Chinese-Filipino taipan John Gokongwei. He is the President and Chief Executive officer of the budget and publicly-listed airline Cebu Pacific Air, Inc. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of JG Summit Holdings, Inc. and Robinsons Retail Group. He is the recipient of the 2009 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Ten Outstanding Young Men.



Lance Gokongwei graduated with double summa cum laude honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Applied Science; and the Wharton School of Business in Finance in a span of only three and a half years.

Professional career

Lance started as an executive assistant for his father at the age of 21. There, he was exposed to the tons of memos to make, reports to analyze, meetings to sit in and cheques to sign. He eventually learned the ropes of the company’s day-to-date operations. In 1990, he became the Senior Vice President. By the time he was 30, he was put in charge by the elder Gokongwei to run Cebu Pacific.

To date, Lance he had several key positions with the Gokongwei Group.He is the current Chairman of the Board of the Robinsons Savings Bank. He served as the Vice Chairman of the Robinsons Land Corporation from 2002 to 2006, in which he also acted as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and was also a member of the executive, audit, and remuneration and compensation committee.

He is also the President and Chief Operation Officer of the Universal Robina Corporation and a member of its audit, nomination, executive and compensation and remuneration committee; and the President of Digital Information Technology Services, Inc. He serves as Director for publicly-listed telecommunication company, Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. (since 1993) , Oriental Petroleum and Minerals Corporation (since 1994) and United Industrial Corporation, Limited (since 1999).

He is also a trustee, secretary and treasurer of the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation, Inc., director of Xavier School Trust Fund and an active member of the Young President’s Organization, the Philippines-China Business Council, and Global Traders for Tomorrow Program.


  • Ten Outstanding Young Men, 2000
  • Ernst and and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2005
  • The 1999 Class of Global Leader for Tomorrow

Personal life

Lance is married to Mary Joyce “Jay” Leong. He is the only son of John Gokongwei. His sisters are Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Faith Gokongwei-Lim, Marica Gokongwei-Sy, Hope Gokongwei-Tang.

Given his interest in books, Lance founded the Children’s Library. He is also a runner, having started training in 2007 and has competed in New York City Marathon and the Hong Kong Marathon.




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