Jakarta. The owner of Sahid Group hotel networks, Sukamdani Sahid Gitosardjono, passed away at Sahid Sahirman hospital in Central Jakarta on Thursday (21/12).
Sukamdani, who was born on March 14, 1928, founded Sahid Group in 1953. The group has businesses in a myriad of industries, ranging from hospitality, tourism, textiles, constructions, pulp and paper to plantation sectors.
His body was laid at his house on Jl. Imam Bonjol in Central Jakarta, while his burial ceremony was held at the memorial park located at the Sahid Islamic boarding school on Jl. Dasuki Bakri in Pamijahan district, Bogor, West Java, on Thursday afternoon.
A renowned Indonesian businessman, Sukamdani began his career as civil servant when he was 17 years old in 1945. He started his business in the printing industry, then entered business in the hospitality industry by establishing the first Sahid Hotel in Solo, Central Java, in 1965.
Currently, Sahid Group operates 27 hotels across the archipelago under Sahid hotel chains. He also entered the media business by establishing Bisnis Indonesia, a daily newspaper that covers financial and business news.
He was also once appointed as the chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry between 1982-1987. He was also a former chairman of Southeast Asia Chamber of Commerce and Industry between 1987-1988.
His son, Hariyadi Sukamdani, is now leading prominent business lobbyist groups, the Indonesia Employer Association (Apindo) and Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI).