Lie Liliana Veronica: Seeing the Bigger Picture

Text & Images: Aulia R. Sungkar With over three decades of Information Technology under her belt, Lie Liliana Veronica is blessed with strong leadership in a male-dominated sector. In one late afternoon, Lie Liliana Veronica appears energetic and upbeat as she walks us through the busy space of PT Bank Sahabat Sampoerna (Bank Sampoerna). “You want to do the interview first or photo shoot? I’m easy,” she says with an avuncular smile. We decided to do the interview first. Even during … [Read more...]

Chris J. Umpleby: Leading with humanity

Text & photos: Aulia R. Sungkar. Originally published in The Jakarta Post, May 9, 2016 Property veteran Chris J. Umpleby emphasizes mutual respect to communicate differences toward building a solid team. Any good relationship is based on mutual respect and the ability to communicate, according to Chris J. Umpleby, general manager property of Senayan Square. His assertion is based on his management style in which he labels as humanity leadership. “Respecting other people at the w … [Read more...]

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...]

Nadiem Makarim: Innovating ideas to revolutionize ‘ojek’

Words & photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on June 20, 2015. Young entrepreneur Nadiem Makarim opts for flexibility in managing a platform of transportation services. Motorcycle taxis, known as ojek, have become one efficient solution to Jakarta'€™s notorious traffic congestion. "When you are in a hurry and want to go to a certain place, an ojek is truly the most reliable mode of transport. A lot of people need their services regularly. I'€™m one of … [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...]