Age 72, Mr. Pangilinan graduated cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He received his MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In Manila, he worked for Philippine Investment Management Consultants Inc. (PHINMA) in the Philippines, and in Hong Kong with Bancom International Limited and American Express Bank. Thereafter he founded First Pacific in May 1981.
Mr. Pangilinan served as Managing Director of First Pacific since its founding in 1981 until 1999. He was appointed Executive Chairman until June 2003, after which he was named Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He holds the positions of President Commissioner of PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk in Indonesia. In the Philippines, Mr. Pangilinan is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), Chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Manila Electric Company (Meralco), ePLDT, Inc., PLDT Communications and Energy Ventures, Inc. (formerly Pilipino Telephone Corporation), Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, NLEX Corporation (formerly Manila North Tollways Corporation), Philex Mining Corporation, PXP Energy Corporation, Landco Pacific Corporation, Medical Doctors, Inc. (Makati Medical Center), Davao Doctors, Inc. and Colinas Verdes Corporation (Cardinal Santos Medical Center), Mediaquest Holdings, Inc. and Associated Broadcasting Corporation (TV 5), and the Vice Chairman of Roxas Holdings, Inc.
In 2006, the Office of the President of the Philippines awarded Mr. Pangilinan the Order of Lakandula, rank of Komandante in recognition of his contributions to the country. He was named Management Man of the Year 2005 by the Management Association of the Philippines. Mr. Pangilinan was awarded the First Honorary Doctorates Degree in Management by Asian Institute of Management in 2016, Honorary Doctorates in Science by Far Eastern University in 2010, in Humanities by Holy Angel University in 2008, by Xavier University in 2007 and by San Beda College in 2002 in the Philippines. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University and was a member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School.
In civic duties, Mr. Pangilinan sits as Chairman of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), PLDT-Smart Foundation Inc., One Meralco Foundation Inc., and Co-Chairman of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), and is a Director of the Philippine Business for Education (PBED). He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of San Beda College, Co-Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute and Co-Chairman of the U.S.–Philippine Society.
In sports, Mr. Pangilinan is Chairman of the MVP Sports Foundation Inc., Chairman Emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines (ABAP).