Andres D. Bautista was appointed chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) by President Benigno S. Aquino III on April 28, 2015.
He was previously the chairman of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), replacing Camilo Sabio in 2010. In 2012, he was nominated as a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.
Chairman Bautista was the Dean of the Far Eastern University Institute of Law from the first semester of 1997-1998 until the summer of 2012-2013. He served as the Chief Executive officer of Kuok Philippine Properties Inc. and the President of Shang Properties, Inc. (formerly EDSA Properties Holdings Inc.)
He was a member of the Consultative Commission on Charter Change under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005.
He also became the Country Head of Anglo Oriental Consulting Ltd. (Manila), which provides consulting services in international corporate, capital markets, and infrastructure financings, and the chairman of the Philippine Association of Law Schools.
Chairman Bautista obtained his Bachelor of Science in Legal management degree from Ateneo de Manila University in 1986 and was an Ateneo Law class valedictorian and bar topnotcher in 1990. While in law school, he worked as a judicial clerk to then Chief Justice Marcelo Fernan from 1989 to 1992. He later pursued his Master of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1993 and became a licensed law practitioner in the State of New York, USA.
He was practicing law with White & Case (Hong Kong/New York), Troutman Sanders (Atlanta), and Castillo Laman Tan & Pantaleon (Manila). He was also a partner with international law firm Allen & Overy.