Harry Darsono: Glam & Genius

On one afternoon, haute couture designer Harry Darsono tours us around his personal abode-cum-museum in South Jakarta’s Cilandak area. Beautifully built in Baroque and Rococo architecture styles, the design of the museum is actually based on the sketch Harry drew when was still nine years old. That’s the time when the little Harry lived in Paris, France, had a period of speech therapy for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and was identified as indigo. “I was an aggressive and hype … [Read more...]

Audemars Piguet’s CEO: “We Didn’t Cancel Our Creativity”

Originally was published in DA MAN Caliber 2016 TIME TO PLAY. François-Henry Bennahmias injects his witty and sharp personality into the business side of Audemars Piguet. The passionate CEO speaks of the company’s past and present to Chris Andre Business with attitude is what separates the winners from the rest of the players on the field. Such is the case with Audemars Piguet, a leading Swiss watchmaker that has been around since 1875. The last four years signaled what is perhaps the i … [Read more...]

Eric Mallace: Guide, Lead and Succeed

Words: Ruth Ninajanty Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on June 6, 2016. At the helm of Jotun Indonesia, Eric Mallace focuses on human resources as the capital that drives the business further in the industry. With more than 25 years' experience under his belt, Eric Mallace recalled the moment he first embarked on the world of sales. He once worked in sales in Dubai. Since then, the Scot has climbed the corporate ladder with more exploration in Asia. He has been the … [Read more...]

Jean-Paul Agon: Leading the world of beauty

Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on March 14, 2016. The chairman and CEO of L’Oréal Group talks about his global business strategies and dealing with digitalization. With an avuncular smile, Jean-Paul Agon greets The Jakarta Post in L’Oréal Indonesia’s head office in Jakarta’s central business district. “It’s my fourth visit to this country. The first time I came here was in 1997 and then I came back in 2000 and 2010. Jakarta has changed so … [Read more...]

Destry Damayanti: Balancing work & care in democratic approach

Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on Jan. 18, 2016. Veteran economist Destry Damayanti combines her egalitarian style and work-care attitude to maintain a favorable leadership quality. The newly appointed commissioner at Indonesian Deposit Insurance (LPS), Destry Damayanti, peers down the surrounding cityscape from her office in Sudirman Central Business District. “We’re currently experiencing economic fluctuation, but the country continues … [Read more...]

Suryo Suwignjo: Communication skills for ideal leadership

Words: Gandi Faisal Photo: Courtesy of Philips Indonesia Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on Sept. 28, 2015. For president director of Philips Indonesia, communication is key to ensuring that the company’s message reaches everyone in the organization. Suryo Suwignjo believes that despite the textbook concept, communicating the company’s vision to the staff remains an important aspect to ensuring that everyone understands what the company’s vision is. “This is necessary so … [Read more...]

Vismay Sharma: Keeping trust as a core value in participative management

Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on Sept. 21, 2015. With over two decades of experience in the beauty industry under his belt, Vismay Sharma continues empowering his staff with trust as a strong foundation to maintain a solid team. PT L’Oréal Indonesia president director Vismay Sharma believes that most successful businesses recognize a synergy of sound business practice and great leadership in building a successful management te … [Read more...]

Batara Sianturi: Teamwork, passion & execution

Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on August 10, 2015. Senior Citibanker Batara Sianturi builds stronger teamwork with his participative management approach. Sitting relaxed at his office in the South Jakarta Central Business District, Batara Sianturi, the newly appointed chief executive officer Citi Indonesia, smiles benignly. He has returned to his motherland with a wealth of global banking experience gained during his overseas … [Read more...]

Herwidayatmo: Daring to make decisions to move forward

Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on May 23, 2015. Veteran banker Herwidayatmo focuses on openness and firmness in capitalizing on his leadership savviness to take his team to the next level. With an avuncular smile, PaninBank president director Herwidayatmo welcomed The Jakarta Post into his office in South Jakarta’s CBD. “I have high confidence in the future of Indonesia. The country’s favorable macroeconomic condition has greatly suppo … [Read more...]

Gatot Setyowaluyo: The courage and honesty to deliver results

Words: Gandi Faisal Photo: Courtesy of Pembangunan Jaya Ancol Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on April 11, 2015. Corporate leader Gatot Setyowaluyo is building the quality of human resources with trust and encouragement. For Gatot Setyowaluyo, the comfort zone is a big threat to growth. “When I first joined this company, I noticed that some of us were in the comfort zone. They saw Taman Impian Jaya Ancol as the only player in town, with no competition. And this could l … [Read more...]