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PAGCOR appoints lawyer Wilma Eisma as new President and COO

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has announced the appointment of lawyer Wilma Eisma as the new President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), making her the first woman to hold the position of President and COO.

“We are pleased to welcome Atty. Wilma Eisma as PAGCOR’s new President and COO,” Chairman Alejandro Tengco said. “We believe she will be a great asset, and her extensive experience in both the government and private sectors will undoubtedly be beneficial here.”

Alejandro. H Tengco, Chairman and CEO, PAGCOR, Wilma Eisma
PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Alejandro H. Tengco

According to a press release on Thursday, Tengco stated that he witnessed Ms. Eisma’s oath-taking at Malacañang this morning. She then promptly participated in her first PAGCOR Board meeting in the afternoon.

A lawyer by profession, Eisma obtained her law degree from Ateneo de Manila University and previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Development Bank of the Philippines before joining the state gaming firm.

Before her tenure at PAGCOR, she also held the position of the first woman Administrator and Chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

Her private sector experience includes leadership roles at PMFTC Inc., the Philippine affiliate of Philip Morris International.

Additionally, she held key positions at the Department of Trade and Industry, where she worked in the Office of the Secretary, as well as in the Office of the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, among others.

Eisma succeeds Atty. Juanito Sanosa Jr., who resigned as PAGCOR President and COO in January.

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