Indonesia to Name One of Three Candidates for Top Post in Pertamina

The Indonesian government will select one of the three candidates who have been shortlisted for the position of president director & CEO of the country's state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina, with the appointment expected to be made by the end of this month, State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini M. Soemarno said, as quoted by local newspaper Jakarta Post Thursday.

“At this stage, we have three candidates left in the selection process. Their names have been sent to the TPA (Final Assessment Team),” Rini commented, adding that the ministry had worked with consultants like PT Daya Dimensi Indonesia (DDI) and PT PPM Management to conduct the assessment process to choose the best candidates.

The TPA panel included Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto as well as officials from the Finance Ministry, State Owned Enterprises Ministry and Energy and the Mineral Resources Ministry.

The minister did not disclosed any information about the three candidates and would only said that Pertamina's new president director & CEO would be someone who had the best managerial skills capable of improving the company's competitiveness globally.

“He or she should be someone who has a strong integrity and can lead a company well. He or she should also be clean; not a corrupt official,” Rini added.

The new chief of Pertamina would take over from Acting President Director & CEO Muhamad Husen, who was appointed on Oct. 1 to replace Karen Agustiawan when the latter announced her resignation in August.

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