Jose Victor Emmanuel A. de Dios is the Executive Director, President & Chief Executive Officer of Manila Water. Prior to his appointment, Mr. de Dios was Chief Executive Officer of Prime BMD Corporation. He is a member of the boards of publicly listed Oriental Petroleum and Minerals Corp. and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines. He has extensive experience as a corporate chief executive, business leader and attorney. Mr. de Dios graduated from the Ateneo School of Law in 1990 and obtained his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1994. He spent his early professional years practicing law starting in the Supreme Court as Senior Law Clerk to then Associate Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. before eventually moving to private practice at the Romulo Law Office where he specialized in Corporate, Energy, Commercial and Securities Law.
From 2001 to 2004, he served as Undersecretary at the Philippine Department of Energy, overseeing preparation of the country’s Philippine Energy Plans and creation of the agency’s Natural Gas Office. He also supervised the country’s downstream oil sector which became a showcase in Asia. He was then appointed Chairman of the Philippine National Oil Company-Exploration Corp. where he served until 2005. In 2007, Mr. de Dios was appointed President of Nido Petroleum Philippines and then in 2008 as CEO/Managing Director of Nido Petroleum Pty, an ASX-listed oil exploration company. While based in Perth, Western Australia, he led the company’s multiple drilling campaigns in the prolific Palawan basins.
He subsequently moved to GE Philippines in 2012 where he served as Chairman of the Board and CEO. He was also Chairman and COO, GE Oil & Gas Philippines, Inc. Chairman and President, GE Power and GE Lighting Philippines Inc. Branch Manager, General Electric International Inc., and Managing Director, GE Government Affairs & Policy, Asia Pacific. As CEO of GE, he led the growth of the company’s businesses in the Philippines which included Energy (Power, Renewable Energy and Grid Solutions), Healthcare, Water and Aviation. He headed the Government Affairs & Policy portfolio covering the Asia Pacific region, developing strategies for GE businesses and executing these strategies with global GE teams and regional stakeholders. Concurrent to his appointment as President and CEO of Manila Water, he also serves as the Chairman of Boracay Island Water Company, Inc., Clark Water Company, Inc., and Manila Water Total Solutions Corp. He is also the President of Manila Water Foundation, Inc., and is the Vice-President of Laguna AAAWater Corporation. He was recently elected as a Director of Manila Water Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. He is also a Trustee of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Inc.
Mr. de Dios is passionate about education, having taught many years at the Ateneo School of Law, Lyceum of the Philippines University and UP College of Business from which he graduated (BsBA, 1986) and was recognized as one of the Outstanding Alumni in 2014. He is also an active business mentor through the Endeavor Network. He previously served as a member of the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines and is currently active in other non-profit organizations as board member/trustee.