Edhi Sumadi: The Merchant of Spirit

Being consistent in his marketing strategy and promotional efforts, Edhi Sumadi has successfully hit the road on sales achievement in premium spirits and wines. “There are two most important aspects in running the business of alcoholic beverages, which are structure and networking,” the commercial director of Pernod Ricard Indonesia remarks. Pernod Ricard holds the marketing and distribution licenses for spirit brands such as Chivas Regal, Martell, Absolut Vodka, Wild Turkey and Jam … [Read more...]

Dessy Masri: The Awakened Giant

With a wealth of banking experience under her belt, Dessy Masri shares her enthusiasm on a platinum banking product that facilitates the luxurious needs of distinguished premium society in the archipelago. The acquisition of American Express (AMEX) business by Bank Danamon in September 2006 has made the bank one of the largest card issuers in Indonesia. Dessy Masri, executive vice president for American Express Card Business Head, says that the increasing number of AMEX card members in the … [Read more...]

William Henley: Savvy with Capital Market

Optimistic about the future of Indonesia’s economy, William Henley keeps climbing higher while staying confident in the realm of capital market. “Return on Investment really depends on the general condition and situation of economy,” the director of PT CIMB Securities Indonesia remarks. William, who has held his post since October 2008, refers to the present market appraisal at Jakarta Composite Stock Index (Index Harga Saham Gabungan) which showed an increase of around 90 percent in 2009. … [Read more...]

Javier Salgado: The Premium Banker

With more various wealth management products and services being brought to the table, Javier Salgado expresses his optimism on a premium banking proposition. The head of personal financial services of HSBC Indonesia asserts that bankers need to build a more personal relationship with their wealthy customers in order to cater the customers’ banking needs. “We therefore offer a solution wherein our relationship managers are able to assist our privilege customers at most,” Javier adds. … [Read more...]

Meliana Sutikno: Winning the Future

Banking veteran Meliana Sutikno enthuses over the current global recovery which has the potential not only to improve the Indonesia’s economy, but no less important, to help fellow Indonesians realize their dream of a better life. Everyday is busy day for the Citibank’s retail banking head at one of the Jakarta’s swanky office buildings. Ever since she was assigned to head the division in September 2005, the get-up-and-go Meliana has managed to grow the business by more than 100 percent in Ass … [Read more...]

Jonathan Larsen: Life should have balance

“In line with the ongoing global recovery, Indonesian banking looks brighter as more Indonesians want to grow their wealth and protect their family,” Jonathan Larsen, Citibank’s head of consumer banking and global cards for Asia Pacific, said during a recent visit to Jakarta. With the recovery in the macroeconomic environment in Indonesia, Larsen remarked that Indonesians, particularly those in the growing middle class, had potential for financial success. “More than 7,000 SMEs operating in Tan … [Read more...]

Yuliasiane Sulistiyawati: The IT savvy entrepreneur

“Not only is IT now the world’s fastest growing industry, but with a population of more than 240 million, Indonesia is unquestionably a promising global market for IT products,” says Yuliasiane Sulistiyawati, founder and president director of PT Pazia Pillar Mercycom, an authorized distributor of Acer and Samsung products. Appointed a distributor of Acer notebook in 2005, PT Pazia has headed the pack for notebook sales in the country for five consecutive years. The company started business wit … [Read more...]

Looking on the bright side

Citibank country officer Shariq Mukhtar tells Aulia Rachmat that Indonesia’s banking industry is remaining optimistic, despite current economic uncertainties. “The next 18 months are going to be tough for the country,” says Shariq Mukhtar. Citibank’s country officer for Indonesia is referring to the inescapable impact of the global economic crisis, which has affected almost all sectors including banking and finance. Citibank worldwide is currently taking three steps towards tackling the … [Read more...]

Climbing Higher

Optimistic about the future of Indonesia’s economy, Julius Ruslan is spreading his wings after taking the media company he leads to the next level. “Indonesia’s economy is continuing to grow. This country is in the process of transforming into becoming one of the world’s major economic players along with China, India and Brazil,” owner and Chief Vision Officer of Milestone Pacific Group, said expressing his confidence. Julius further says that Indonesia has thus far made great progress in t … [Read more...]

Bill Ayers: Building a Better Future through Outplacement

“Going through a depression stage is a common phenomenon upon a job termination. Such prolonged situation is vulnerable to damaging yourself, friends, family and associates. It’s a silent killer!” remarked William L. Ayers, Jr., the founder and vice president of The Ayers Group, a New York-based outplacement service firm. On the side of retrenched company, existing employees seeing their colleagues terminated will be likely to lose faith in the company. Bill, as friends and colleagues affec … [Read more...]