Dr. Justo Ortiz

Dr. Justo Ortiz

Chairman, UnionBank

In an industry where competition is the name of the game, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) Chairman Justo A. Ortiz, Ph.D., is a visionary with a constancy of purpose and passion.

Dr. Ortiz graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics from the Ateneo de Manila University. In 2015, he was conferred a Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa by the University of Santo Tomas, in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in nation-building, education, values formation and youth development.

In 1993, at the age of 35, Dr. Ortiz became the top man of UnionBank, steering it from what was then the "No. 23 biggest" bank to become a solid top 10 bank starting in 2006.

As chairman and CEO, Dr. Ortiz championed UnionBank’s shift from traditional banking platforms via constant innovation and digitization, paving the way for the country’s first bank website, online banking and electronic savings account.

With the vision to build "a bank of enduring greatness", Dr. Ortiz believes in a higher purpose – well beyond just making a profit - and this is to “Make Da Diff” or to make a critical difference in the lives of customers, by elevating their lives and fulfilling their dreams through smart banking.

While he has stepped down from his role as CEO, Dr. Ortiz remains the chairman of UnionBank. Apart from this, he is also the chairman of Union Properties, Inc. (UPI), director of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc., and member of the Management Association of the Philippines, Rotary Club of Manila, Philippine Trade Foundation, Inc. and World Presidents Organization.