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LEADing the way for future Kauban Leaders

ACI Reputation Management Team | April 22, 2019


ACI  continues to support the growth and development of Kauban team members by creating the Leadership Exploration Development (LEAD) Management Training program to fasttrack the careers of the high-potential employees and equip them to be able to fill the future leadership positions in the company.Launched in July 2018, LEAD is now midway training its pioneering batch of 13 management trainees.


Learning Processes and Systems

Merci Alecx Caponpon is an Admin Services Staff from the ICT Department and is one of the management trainees. Her growth with Aboitiz Construction has been non-stop, starting as an intern until she decided to apply after graduating from college.  As a data controller, she is always keen to learn more about ACI’s systems and processes while taking on bigger challenges.

She feels that the LEAD program is challenging and requires her to go out her comfort zone but is looking forward to more hands-on training and talk from reputable leaders.

LEAD Photo - Merci


“I see LEAD as a goal. It made me face challenges that as a leader I must face head-on to improve my knowledge and my own self. The program emphasizes that I have a bigger goal that I can achieve if I work hard but it taught me to slow down and understand that everything
happens through a process,” she said.


Learning Leadership Styles

Another LEAD management is Mark Leister Lauron the Procurement Supervisor for the construction division of the supply chain department who has been with the company for two years now. He has been able to work with the engineering and design team, which helped him broaden his perspective in the construction industry.

LEAD-Mark Lauron


He is now looking forward to work with the finance department as he believes that it will help complete the puzzle of how to manage the business in its major aspects.

“I specifically joined lead to develop myself, to grow as a leader and as a professional. This is a good opportunity for me, and I am very grateful to have joined the program. I’m looking forward to learn more leadership styles from the Aboitiz family themselves, as well as learn more for my
personal and career development,” he said.


Learning to Look for Multiple Perspectives

Similarly, Chernan Madugay a mechanical design engineer from the engineering and design department is also excited to work with the reputation management team. He sees it as a great experience despite the challenges it poses to time management.

LEAD - Chernan


“Being an MT (management trainee), it gave me a bird’s eye of how processes flow within the different departments. It is molding me to have different vantage views of a situation and trains me on how to respond to a critical situation in a professional way,” he said

Meanwhile, Aboitiz Construction’s AVP for Human Resources, Mr. Ivan Santamaria, who leads the HR team behind the implementation and fulfilment of the program hopes that the trainees believe in themselves and in the program. He also believes that as the program moves forward the room for improvements will be met.
“This is really a welcome opportunity for everyone. I have full confidence and belief that after the program we would be able to produce leaders from you MTs. Both you, the trainees, and the company should be able to own the program to be more responsible and adapt to a better learning for all the trainees.”

The trainees will also continue to rotate within the different departments and immerse themselves in the different aspects of the company and the construction industry.Part of the learning activities of the LEAD program is a series of leadership talks from keynote speakers like Hedcor COO Carlos Aboitiza and AboitizLand FVP for Operations Rafa de Mesa.  We will feature the LEAD Leadership Talk Series in the next instalments of this story. – with Naomi Oplado