THE board of trustees of Cebu Information Technology-Business Process Management Organization (CIB.O) has announced the appointment of Salvador “Buddy” Villasis as its new executive director.
Villasis stepped into the organization, replacing Wilfredo “Jun” Sa-a, who retired last year.
CIB.O said Villasis is backed by his strong background in commerce and development communication, and international training in trade facilitation and customs operations during his brief stint with the United Nations Trade Point program.
He also previously served as executive director of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).
CIB.O said Villasis’ training in “intellectual property” with IPOPhils and the World Intellectual Property Organization contributed to the realization of CCCI’s appointment as one of the Innovation and Technology Support Offices in Cebu.
He also has over 20 years of progressive experience in international trade consulting, business franchising, distribution, logistics, shipping, intellectual property, investments, portfolio management, and trade facilitation in general.
Villasis currently serves as business development consultant and independent director of private companies.
“Given the pandemic which spared no one, CIB.O is working with internal/external partners and member companies in putting us back to the top of the global supercities map,” CIB.O said in a statement.
Cebu City fell to the 15th spot from its 12th spot ranking in 2019 in the 2020 Tholons Services Globalization Index.
“More of CIB.O’s directions and ‘new normal’ advocacies will be emphasized in our upcoming Transformation Summit this July,” Villasis said.
According to the Tholons Digital Nations ranking, the Philippines is currently at the 18th spot, dropping from sixth last year.
As to Super Cities ranking in the Global Innovation Index, Cebu dived to 52nd this year from 15th spot in 2020 while Manila went down to eighth rank from sitting at the second spot last year.
Tholons’ 2021 index gave higher emphasis on digital innovation, re-imagining of consumer experience, transcendental knowledge, future readiness, digital competitiveness and diversity and inclusion. (JOB)