TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The President appointed former Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gen. TNI (retired) Endriartono Sutarto to be PT Pertaminaâ€™s Chairman of Board of Commissioners.
At the same time, two new board of commissioner members were promoted, Irnanda from the State Enterprise Ministry and Maizar Rahman, who is currently the OPEC Governor.
Sutarto replaced Martiono Hadianto. The new members of the board of commissioners replaced J. Purwono, Director General of Electricity and Energy Usage at the Energy and Mineral Resources Department, and Iin Arifin Takhyan, who was appointed as Vice Managing Director of Pertamina a while ago.
The other two commissioner members were old faces, Umar Said and Muhammad Abduh. This new Pertamina commissioner formation will be inaugurated Friday by the State Minister for State Enterprises Sugiharto.
The Pertamina commissioner composition was confirmed during a closed meeting led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. After the meeting, Purnomo explained that the post of Pertaminaâ€™s chairman of board of commissioners needs managerial skills. This is one of the reasons that the President chose Sutarto. â€śManagerial skill is the most used skill by the chairman of board of commissioners. So what is important is his experience in taking decisions,â€ť said Purnomo at the Presidentâ€™s office, Jakarta, yesterday (5/12).
Pertaminaâ€™s Managing Director Ari H. Soemarno said he did not know the reason of Sutartoâ€™s appointment. However, he acknowledged the retired army officerâ€™s capability has been tested when he was in charge of TNI. â€śHe is a good in personnel management. His experience is valuable for Pertamina to move forward,â€ť he said.
Sutarto told Tempo that he was pleased and also regards the duty as a responsibility. â€śIt is known that Pertaminaâ€™s problems are many,â€ť he said after the closed meeting with the President.
Regarding the kerosene shortage in the last few weeks, he stressed he will monitor the distribution closely, especially that sold to industry. â€śBecause, if much kerosene goes to industries, Pertamina may not be the only one to be responsible,â€ť he said.