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...]

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...]

Jérôme Lambert: Envisioning the mission to reach goals

Words & Photo: Aulia R. Sungkar Originally was published in The Jakarta Post on Jan. 10, 2015. At the helm of luxury brand Montblanc, Jérôme Lambert is raising the bar with his visionary strategy. The chairman of famous brand Montblanc, Jérôme Lambert is staring at a new model of Bohême Collection. It’s the brand’s new women only line, and the name Bohême can also refer to a philosophy of “I go my own way”, he said. While having a laidback chat with The Jakarta Post at the second … [Read more...]

Setyono Djuandi Darmono: Be bold to have big dreams!

Words: Sudibyo M. Wiradji Photo: Courtesy of PT Jababeka Tbk The original article was published in The Jakarta Post on Aug. 16, 2014. Setyono Djuandi Darmono, founder and president director of publicly listed developer PT Jababeka Tbk, believes in the power of mutual cooperation to materialize plans for large-scale project development. Fearing to face high risk and failure has commonly discouraged many from having a big dream. Property developer executive Setyono Djuandi Darmono, … [Read more...]