IT-BPO veteran Jomari Mercado has assumed his new role as national technology officer (NTO) of Microsoft Philippines after abruptly leaving the trade group IBPAP (International Business Processing Association of the Philippines) where he served as CEO and president.
Prior to IBPAP, Mercado was the business development manager of call center operator Convergys. He also worked for tech titan IBM Philippines early in his career.
The position of NTO at Microsoft Philippines opened up when industry old-hand Dondi Mapa agreed to become one of the deputy commissioners of the newly created National Privacy Commission (NPC).
Mapa, who was also one of the pioneering commissioners of the defunct Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT), is the first executive to hold the role as NTO at Microsoft?s local subsidiary.
The position that Mercado left IBPAP remains vacant. In a recent press event, IBPAP chairman Benedict Hernandez said the organization is still scouting for a replacement.
Meanwhile, the country?s third largest TV network has a new chief executive once again after PLDT big boss Manny V. Pangilinan announced the appointment of Vincent ?Chot? Reyes as officer in charge (OIC) of the Mandaluyong-based TV station.
Reyes, a former PBA coach, was named as replacement to Emmanuel ?Noel? Lorenzana, who is retiring from his role as president and CEO of TV5 Network and Mediaquest Holdings Inc. effective Sept. 30.
In a memorandum obtained by Newsbytes.PH, Pangilinan said Reyes will retain his old post as Media5 Marketing Corp., the marketing arm of TV5, while serving in a concurrent capacity as OIC.
Lorenzana, who used to work as a top executive of Smart Communications, stayed for about three years in his job as head honcho of TV5. He inherited the post from PLDT chief legal counsel Ray C. Espinosa in April 2013.