Francis Hernando

    Francis Hernando is the president of First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corporation. He was most recently Vice President of the Gaming Licensing Development Department of PAGCOR. Mr. Hernando has over 30 years of operating and financial management experience, and has held senior management positions at several leading companies. He served as Chief Financial Officer at three firms where Mr. Hernando spearheaded successful equity raising and debt restructuring programs: Philippine Global Communications, SPI Technologies, and The Philippine Home Cable Holdings. He also has experience as President at Filcredit Finance and Capital Development Corporation. Mr. Hernando spent over a decade in investment banking and private equity at AIA Capital Corporation Limited in Hong Kong and Lombard Investments in Manila. He started his career as a Senior Analyst at Far East Bank and the National Development Company in the Philippines. Mr. Hernando holds a B.S. degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University.

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