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Lisa Gokongwei quits post as Cebu Pacific director

  • Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng has stepped down as company director of Cebu Air, Inc., which operates as Cebu Pacific, to focus on the Gokongwei group’s other digital transformation and innovation efforts
  • She is replaced by Brian Franke from American private equity firm Indigo Partners LLC, which has, together with other investors, invested US$250 million (P12 billion) in Cebu Pacific’s recovery plan

Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng has stepped down as company director of Cebu Air, Inc., which operates as Cebu Pacific, replaced by Brian Franke from American private equity firm Indigo Partners LLC.

Gokongwei-Cheng has stepped down to focus on the Gokongwei group’s other digital transformation and innovation efforts as head of the Digital Transformation Office, a regulatory disclosure from Cebu Air said. Cebu Air is a subsidiary of conglomerate JG Summit Holdings, Inc., which is controlled by the Gokongwei family.

Franke’s election as director took effect on July 15. He is a principal of Indigo Partners, a private equity firm focused on worldwide investments in air transportation.

Indigo Partners, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and IFC Emerging Asia Fund have invested US$250 million (P12 billion) in Cebu Pacific this year in the form of convertible bonds.

READ: Cebu Pacific fundraising plan raises P40.5B for COVID response

The investment is one of Cebu Pacific’s three fundraising transactions totaling P40.5 billion (US$845 million) this year to address COVID-19-induced disruptions to its operations and prepare for its recovery. Cebu Pacific last year announced its fundraising plans which aim to enable the airline to “navigate the current environment and thrive in the new normal.”

Aside from Indigo Partners, Franke served as a member of the Frontier Airlines Board of Directors since December 2013. He has also served on the boards of directors of Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V., an airline based in Mexico doing business as Volaris, since July 2010, including as board chair since April 2020; several entities within the JetSMART SpA group, an airline based in South America, since March 2017; and APiJET, LLC, a software company focused on providing real-time cost saving analytics to airlines, since November 2020.

He previously served on the boards of Tiger Aviation Pte. Ltd, a Singapore-based airline, from 2008 to 2010, and Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd., an Australian-based airline, from 2009 to 2010.

In addition, Franke serves on the University of Arizona Foundation board and its investment committee.

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