Currently, Stella is the Managing Director of George Garrett Guilford & Associates. She has over 30 years experience in executive search in the Philippines and selected Asia Pacific countries. She has managed senior-level searches in the following industries: fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), life sciences, telecommunication, information technology, distribution, business process outsourcing, energy, real estate, mining, banking and financial services, among others.
She was the first Female Partner in Transearch, a worldwide executive search organization headquartered in Europe, of which George Garrett Guilford & Associates was the local representative office from 1989-2003. Active in various organizations, she became the Chairperson of the Professional Women of the American Chamber of Commerce (PWoA) in 2009 that mobilized a group of female CEOs in the Chamber to foster balanced and wholistic development of fellow women executives.
She previously worked as Chief Psychologist in the Civil Relations Service (CRS) of the Armed Forces of Philippines from 1973-1979 and with the Executive Search and Selection Division (ESSD) of John Clements Consultants, Inc. from 1979-1988.
She has taken masteral studies in Clinical-Counseling Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University and acquired her AB-Psychology degree at St. Joseph’s College, Quezon City.
Stella is a founding member and Treasurer of Philippine Association of Executive Search Professionals Inc., (PAESPI) which advocates The Code of Ethics in the local search practice.