Pertamina workers union hopes the company's new president director will be able to motivate workers and unite directors for a business breakthrough. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)

Gov't Chooses New President Director of Pertamina: Source


MARCH 15, 2017

Jakarta. The government has decided to appoint Elia Massa Manik, the president director of state-owned plantation firm Perkebunan Nusantara III, to lead state energy company Pertamina, a source told the Jakarta Globe's sister publication Investor Daily on Tuesday (14/03).

Elia will fill the position after Dwi Soetjipto was dismissed last month due to a leadership conflict with his deputy Ahmad Bambang.

Elia has an extensive experience in oil and gas industry. Before joining Perkebunan Nusantara III, in 2011-14 he served as president director of a listed oil and gas producer Elnusa.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has agreed on his appointment, the source said.

Today, Pertamina is at a cusp of an overseas expansion and under pressure to secure oil supply for domestic market and sizeable profit for the government.

The tasks will be harder amid declining prices of oil, giving a very a narrow margin for failure to the new executive, said Sofyano Zakaria, director of the Center of Public Interest Studies (Puskepi).

"Choosing a chief executive for Pertamina cannot be a trial-and-error thing, because this company supports livelihoods of many. He must also be able to gain full support of Pertamina employees," Sofyano said.

Pertamina workers union staged a protest earlier this month, questioning the government's decision to remove Dwi Soetjipto.

However, Arif Poyuono, chairman of the United State-Owned Enterprises Workers Union said Pertamina workers have no problem about the new chief coming from outside the company.

They hope he will be able to motivate workers and unite directors for a business breakthrough, Arif said.