MYLENE A. KASIBAN, chief financial officer (CFO) of Gokongwei-led Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc., has been named 14th ING-FINEX CFO of the Year.

The awarding of Ms. Kasiban marks the second time a woman has been conferred the honor by the partnership of ING Bank N.V. Manila Branch and Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), 13 years since the CFO of the Year award was born.

In a ceremony streamed live on Wednesday, Ms. Kasiban said she hopes to be “an inspiration to the women CFOs to always do their best and be their best authentic selves.”

“I would like to thank the board of judges for selecting me as the FINEX CFO of the Year. Rest assured that I will promote and practice the ideals and aspirations of the finance professionals in the Philippines,” she said.

The only other woman to be ING-FINEX CFO of the Year was Sherisa P. Nuesa of Manila Water Co., Inc. in 2008. Last year’s awardee was Augusto Cesar D. Bengzon of Ayala Land, Inc.

“These extraordinary times call for an extraordinary league of finance leaders. Traditionally, CFOs are responsible for managing their companies’ financial resources. The global pandemic, however, has ushered in an increasingly remote and risky environment that finance executives must navigate,” ING Philippines Country Head Hans B. Sicat said during the awarding program.

“(CFOs) now face a host of responsibilities and demands from equipping the organization with the resources needed to be nimble and resilient, to changing their risk management strategy to adapt to the new normal… It is impressive how (Ms. Kasiban) has cultivated a strong relationship with her CEO, and is valued as an internal trusted advisor,” he added.