Having “integrity” is vital in becoming successful in the banking industry.

This is what Josefina E. Sulit, president of the UST College of Commerce Alumni Foundation, Inc., strongly believes in.

“A person[’s] integrity is highly important especially in building and maintaining trust in situations that require decency and uprightness,” she said.

Sulit served as the head of the Trust Banking Group of: United Coconut Planters Bank from 1987 to 1994, Equitable PCI Bank from 1994 to 1999, and Metropolitan Bank (MetroBank) from 1999 to 2012.

She has successfully implemented marketing strategies that led to the substantial growth of the said banks in terms of volume growth and profitability, during her respective term.

“Under my leadership, MetroBank became one of the top industry leaders in terms of ‘trust asset.’ These years were characterized by tremendous growth in number of high net worth clients and [an] increase in [the] product lines being offered,” Sulit said.

Graduating as cum laude with a Bachelor of Commerce major in Banking and Finance in 1966, Sulit said that her being a Thomasian had a huge contribution in pursuing her career.

“My formation as a Thomasian greatly influenced me to make right and good decisions, maintain relationships in the workplace, and foster harmonious ties in the leadership roles I have held in the past,” she said.

Sulit also finished a course in Management Development Program at the Asian Institute of Management and graduated from the Trust Institute Foundation of the Philippines with a specialized course on Trust Operations.

At present, Sulit serves as the honorary vice chairman of Orix Leasing and Finance Corp., director and member of the board of trust of Manila Tytana College, independent director and member of audit and compliance committee of Century Savings Bank, and member of the education committee of Trust Institute Foundation of the Philippines.

Sulit calls for Thomasians who are engaged in the accounting profession to stay true to the values that were imparted to them by the University, in the performance of their work and for them to be successful.

“Accounting is a meaningful and rewarding profession but it can also be filled with tempting moments to take advantage,” she said. “Hence, it is of utmost importance to be honest, morally upright, vigilant, and principled. It is only through these values that one can be successful in our field.” Lord Bien G. Lelay

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