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MRC Allied: Making a mark in energy sector

February 12, 2018

As published on PhilStar


MANILA, Philippines — In the Philippines, it’s not easy to just enter any industry. The energy sector, for instance, is one that is highly technical and complex that those wanting to enter it need to be knowledgeable enough to navigate through the maze-like business landscape.


Listed company MRC Allied, however, although still a new kid on the block, is already making its mark, thanks to the woman at the helm who is no doubt breaking the glass ceiling.


Meet lawyer Gladys Nalda, president and chief executive officer of MRC Allied. A known energy expert with a strong background in corporate and commercial law, Nalda specializes in renewable energy and was former vice-president for Legal and Corporate Affairs of state-owned PNOC Renewables Corp.

She was also previously connected with PNOC Exploration Corp. and the Department of Energy as legal counsel.

Thus, with Nalda at the helm, MRC Allied has successfully diversified into the energy sector from just a property firm previously.


The company strategy as a new energy player is to “buy and build.”

“We’ve overhauled the organization, instilled reforms, changed the thrust of the company and formed a new team. Our strategy is to buy and build,” Nalda told The STAR