Mondelēz Philippines Is Among Asia Leaders Awards’ Top 50 “Rising Tigers: Nation Builders”

Mondelēz Philippines joins Asia Leaders Awards—the Philippines and Southeast Asia’s largest business awards event—during the launch of business and lifestyle magazine “Rising Tigers: Nation Builders” as one of the Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific.

This milestone, another brainchild of ALA committee, will be held on March 22, 2022, at the Grand Hyatt Manila at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

Bannering Mondelēz International in Southeast Asia

Mondelēz Philippines—Employer of Choice and one of the Best Places to Work in 2021 by the Best Places to Work Certification —is among parent company Mondelēz International’s biggest business in Southeast Asia and is a major growth driver for their global business unit.

“It’s about how people feel about the workplace, how we are able to play to our potential while at the same time getting a good balance between work and personal lives, especially during these times,” shared Mondelēz Philippines Country Director Ashish Pisharodi.

On top of this, the multinational brand has instituted exemplary pandemic response actions for its employees, such as: flexible work arrangements to give way to personal and learning needs, “Meet-Less” Fridays to avoid meetings after 1 p.m. before weekends to give more time to personal affairs and learning, and creating platforms for discussions and debates about company policies through Coffee Chat, Balitaktakan, and e-tambayan, and Purpose day walk, run, and bike challenge to achieve 5 million steps collectively during the lockdown.

“Throughout the years, Mondelēz Philippines has established a winning growth culture by leading with an agile and growth mindset, fostering engagement, strengthening diversity and inclusion, building careers, and prioritizing employee well-being.”

Employees, who possess a strong sense of volunteerism, regularly join the companies community activities.

Previously known as Kraft Philippines, the multinational corporation has brought the consumer market their brands like BelVita, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Calumet Baking Powder, Cheez Whiz, Chips Ahoy!, Eden Cheese/Mayo/Sandwich Spread, Halls Candies, Magic Whirl, Oreo, Tang, Tiger Energy Biscuits, and Toblerone.

With Toby Gatchalian as Head of Marketing the Mondelēz Philippines benefited from his extensive international strategic and commercial marketing and sales background in FMCG and Banking, holding leadership roles in global and local marketing, regional product innovation and digital transformation in the personal care, home care, oral care and banking industries.

Gatchalian has also worked in different countries, having held senior roles in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States, enabling him to steer the company to greater heights despite the pandemic situation.

Bringing his expertise in the field, he is currently focused on supporting elevated strategic thinking, establishing a “Why Not?” culture, and a sharp and effective integrated marketing communications discipline among his team.

Recognizing the Leaders of Tomorrow

With 2022—The Year of the Water Tiger promising 365 days of positive changes, “business will be stable and finances will flow smoothly throughout the year with grit in its side.”

Hence, Asia Leaders Awards take the opportunity to recognize Mondelez Philippines among the Top 50 Rising Tigers in the Asia Pacific as tribute through the launching of the Rising Tigers: Nation Builders Magazine.

This latest publication will feature the best and the brightest in the Philippines and Southeast Asia who never fail to balance commitment to growth with corporate social responsibility, even during the most trying times.

Combining Brave Strength and New Happiness

Thus, to open 2022—The Year of the Water Tiger, Asia Leaders Awards take on the theme of Very Peri, “the happiest and warmest of all the blue hues,” Pantone’s Color of the Year.

“This combination of bravery, strength and newness which you can see as characteristics of these leaders is what symbolizes the changes and the difference the world is experiencing as we look to move beyond the uncertainty of this global health crisis,” explained Engineer Grace Bondad Nicolas, who’s spearheading the ALA Board.

Continuing the Asia Leaders Awards Legacy

Asia Leaders Awards is only the recognition giving body whose awards committee is composed of respected leaders from different chambers, organizations, and embassies such as the Embassy of Singapore, Embassy of Poland, and Korean Council among others.

Its main objective is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub and destination in Asia.


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