JOSE L. CUISIA, JR.
Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America
H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. is the Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States. He was nominated by President Benigno S. Aquino III to the position on November 30, 2010 and confirmed by the Commission on Appointments on February 09, 2011.
Ambassador Cuisia had been the commissioner (representing the Employer’s Group) of the Social Security System (SSS) from September to December 2010 prior to his appointment as ambassador. He was Central Bank governor and chairman of the Monetary Board and concurrently chairman of the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) Board from 1990 to 1993. He was also president and CEO/administrator of the SSS and director of the Philippine National Bank (PNB).
Ambassador Cuisia’s expertise in banking and insurance is backed up by his years of service in several financial institutions such as the Philippine American Life & General Insurance Company, American International Group, Far East Bank & Trust Company, Insular Bank of Asia and America (IBAA) and Union Bank of the Philippines. He also sat on the board of a number of the Philippines’ leading companies, including SM Prime Holdings, Phinma Corporation, Holcim Philippines Corporation, Manila Water Company, San Miguel Corporation, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co., and Philippine Airlines.
Ambassador Cuisia is an alumnus of De La Salle University, where he graduated in 1967 with degrees in Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Bachelor of Science in Commerce (magna cum laude). He finished his Masters in Business Administration-Finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1970 as a University Scholar.
Ambassador Cuisia is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Award for Domestic Banking, Distinguished La Sallian Award, Management Association of the Philippines’ Management Man of the Year for 2007, the Joseph Wharton Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2011, the Manuel L. Quezon Award for Exemplary Governance and the Raul Locsin CEO of the Year Award in 2004.
Ambassador Cuisia is married to the former Maria Victoria Jose with whom he has five children.