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In Memoriam – Rolando P. Gosiengfiao, 1950-2015

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Rolando P. Gosiengfiao, known simply as Rollie to his friends, born April 19, 1950, passed away on January 22nd in Manila due to a sudden heart attack. He was 64 years old. He is survived by his children Julian and Fay. He lost his well-loved wife Isabella three years ago.

Mr. Gosiengfiao was Chairman of the Philippines’ Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), a government entity tasked with the redevelopment of the former military bases. He was also Chairman and President of Nexxhabitat Inc. (property development), and Blucheck Global Services Inc. (outsourced services). Until 2010, he was the Chief Executive Officer of GenRx Healthcare Limited, a group of specialty outpatient facilities and medical services in Hong Kong, China, Macau and the Philippines.

He spent most of his career in various countries, which include over 20 years in Hong Kong, two years in Thailand and five years in Europe. During this period, he occupied leadership positions with IHC Holland NV, IBM Belgium SA, and Rank Xerox Switzerland AG.

Rollie graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines in 1970. He earned his MBA in 1976 with high distinction at the Iran Centre for Management Studies, a school then sponsored by the Harvard Business School to provide a graduate business program for the Middle East. He also completed the first Wharton – YPO Presidents’ Program at the Wharton Graduate School of Finance in 1992.

Mr.Gosiengfiao was also Chairman of Healthway Philippines Inc. He has been a director of Siemens Inc. (Philippines), Signium Ward Howell ZMG Inc., and Detpak Packaging Philippines, Inc. He was the Philippine Chapter Chairman of the World Presidents’ Organization. He was a director of the international board of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Dallas) in 1995-97 and was the chairman of its Philippine chapter in 1992-93. He was also a member of the Asian Advisory Board of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the National Board of Advisers of AIESEC Philippines.

After his years as an AIESEC member during his youth, he re-joined the organization as an alumnus 35 years later, in 2008, at the 60th Anniversary ceremony and AAAPC in Tokyo. Since then, he not only he attended most of the major alumni events regionally and internationally, but also contributed greatly to AAI’s initiatives. The A-Groups program is just one of his innovative ideas brought to AAAP and AAI.

The AIESEC Alumni world will remember Rollie as a great inspiration, as well as a true mentor and dear friend.  As we deeply mourn his loss, his spirit will carry forward in our hearts and minds for many years to come.