Manila, Philippines – Ayala Land has welcomed Anna Ma. Margarita B. Dy as its new chief executive officer, the first female leader to hold such position in the company. She replaces Bernard Vincent O. Dy, who retires from the company after 26 years in the company — nine of which dedicated as the company’s president and CEO.

In a letter sent to employees by Ayala Land Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, he expressed his trust and high confidence in the company’s newly appointed chief.

“Meean’s extensive experience encompasses pivotal leadership roles within the Strategic Landbank Management Group. She played a key role in launching critical projects in our portfolio, such as BGC, Nuvali, Vertis, and Arca South. Her journey continued as she led the Residential Business Group and, more recently, assumed leadership over the Malls, Offices, and the Hotels and Resorts Group,” he said.

Zobel added, “With Meean at the helm, I am confident that Ayala Land will continue to have meaningful impact in all the lives and communities we touch.”

As Ayala practices deliberate and effective succession planning across its business units, next-generation leaders are given exposure to the entire Ayala ecosystem. Upon her appointment as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company, Meean had since been included in the regular meetings of the Ayala Group Management Committee and involved in key decisions concerning the entire ecosystem.

Zobel also expressed his gratitude to Bobby for the service he has dones, saying, “During the pandemic years, Bobby guaranteed the health and safety of our employees, and supported our merchants, suppliers and the local communities we operated in. He was at the forefront of our sustainability initiatives as he boldly implemented a 5-year plan to achieve carbon neutrality for our commercial properties, which we achieved 1 year ahead of the target.”