Tomy Sofhian: Taking the reins through strategic planning and execution

Tomy Sofhian broke the expatriate bar when he became the first local to helm the Indonesian operation of Amsterdam-based international logistics service provider, TNT Express. Since its establishment in Indonesia in 1979, TNT Express Indonesia had always been under a foreign managing director. His appointment to the position last June was due to the need to have a leader who understands the local market, Tomy believes. While he is a fan of motivational and leadership gurus from the West, … [Read more...]

Michael Ziesemer: Leading ways to managing global networks

Holding various senior management positions over 32 years has made Michael Ziesemer a perfect fit for leading a global giant. Ziesemer oversees some 10,000 employees in his position as chief operating officer (COO) of Endress+Hauser, a Switzerland-based instrumentation and process automation company producing instruments measuring level, flow, pressure and temperature. Ever since he was appointed COO of the company in 2008, Ziesemer has deployed his leadership savvy to help Endress+Hauser … [Read more...]

Property market outlook still buoyant despite currency volatility

Indonesia’s recent economic turmoil has led many short-term investors to exit the country, causing the equity market to fall rapidly and the rupiah to weaken to over 11,500 per US dollar. This change of sentiment was triggered by the US Federal Reserve signaling to the market that it would withdraw its large monetary stimulus and begin “tapering”. Both markets have now recovered somewhat but the spotlight has been shone on emerging economies like Indonesia with current account deficits and overh … [Read more...]

Insurance industry takes on more competent agents

The growing middle class and increasing public awareness of insurance have led to a rising demand for various insurance products.  Correspondingly, the need for insurance agents is on the rise. This has created a demand for more qualified agents, as an agent should not be limited to marketing and sales, but also educating clients on how insurance plays its role in providing the right solutions for clients’ protection and future financial needs. Looking at this phenomenon, the Indonesian In … [Read more...]

Setting World Records

Rare stamps fetched high prices at an auction as they established new world  records. ZurichA Asia, one of the leading stamp auction houses in the region, held the auction house on September 29, 2013 featuring rare stamps, philatelic treasures and works of art in Hong Kong. The top-selling lot was a horizontal pair imperforate-between variety of 1885 Small Dragon 1 candarin which realized HK$920,000 (US$119,171). Establishing a new world auction record, the pair boasts the brightest color … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s finest & rarest wines achieve high prices

  Sotheby’s two wine auctions achieved a combined total of HK$35.2 million / US$4.5 million, exceeding the combined pre-sale estimate (HK$26 million / US$3.4 million). The top lots for each sale were Romanée-Conti 1989 (1 methuselah - 6 liters) which sold for HK$875,000 / US$112,179 (Est. HK$500,000 - 800,000 / US$65,000 – 100,000), and Hermitage La Chapelle, Paul Jaboulet Aîné 1961 (6 bottles) which fetched HK$735,000 / US$94,231 (Est. HK$280,000 – 380,000 / 35,000 – 50,000) respe … [Read more...]

Menjadi Writerpreneur

Menulis adalah aktivitas yang makin mahal. Diktum tersebut agaknya tak berlebihan. Betapa tidak, kini makin banyak penulis yang mampu mendulang keuntungan dari kreativitas dan inovasinya. Mereka pun mampu menciptakan pasar tersendiri. Bagaimana caranya? Kita bisa belajar dari Aulia Rachmat Sungkar. Ia menyebut dirinya sebagai writerpreneur. Aulia dulu seorang akuntan. Bekerja sebagai akuntan ternyata tak membuat dirinya nyaman. Saya tak kuat duduk berlama-lama dalam satu meja dari pagi sampai … [Read more...]

Emirates Takes Home 2013 ‘World’s Best Airline’ Award

Cementing its place as one of the world's leading international airlines, Emirates has been awarded the highly coveted 'World's Best Airline' award, presented by Skytrax at the 2013 World Airline Awards. In addition to winning 'World's Best Airline', Emirates scooped up a further two awards including 'Best Middle East Airline' and for a record ninth year in a row, 'World's Best Inflight Entertainment'. The awards were collected on June 19, 2013 by Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline at th … [Read more...]

Perkuat Branding dengan KISS

Semua produk harus dibranding dengan baik. Tidak terkecuali apakah target konsumennya menengah ke atas, atau bahkan menengah ke bawah. Konsep ditegaskan Aulia Rachmat Sungkar, Writerpreneur, ketika menjadi pembicara pada Kupas Bisnis bertema Advertising & Branding - Turn Them Into Business, akhir Mei lalu di Spazio 2nd floor. Copywriter asal Jakarta itu mengatakan, dalam konteks branding, sebuah tulisan bisa sangat mendukung sebuah produk yang akan ditawarkan kepada … [Read more...]

TNT Express Appoints the First Local Leader

Tomy Sofhian has been named managing director of TNT Express Indonesia, replacing Ivan Siew who left the company for a new position in TNT Hong Kong. Tomy’s appointment indeed marks a history, as he is the first Indonesian to lead TNT Express Indonesia ever since the company started to establish its presence in the archipelago 34 years ago. Tomy has joined TNT Indonesia for more than 11 years, with the last two years leading the Sales & Marketing department. “It has been immense to … [Read more...]