Garuda gets new CEO in leadership shake-up

Garuda Indonesia has appointed former telecom executive Irfan Setiaputra as its new president director, after the airline’s previous chief executive was fired over allegedly smuggling a Harley Davidson motorcycle on a Jakarta-bound flight.

Irfan was formerly the CEO of Sigfox Indonesia, an Internet of Things network management company, and has also served as chief of state-owned Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia.

Garuda names new chief following firing of previous CEO over smuggling scandal

At an extraordinary general meeting held in Jakarta on Wednesday (January 22), shareholders of Indonesia’s flag carrier also decided on a major shake-up of the management team in a bid to repair its reputation.

Garuda’s board of directors now comprises Irfan as president director, Dony Oskaria as deputy chief executive; Rizal Pahlevi as commerce and cargo director; Tumpal Manumpak Hutapea as operations director; Rahmat Hanafi as technical director; Ade Susardi as services, business development and IT director; and Aryaperwira Adileksana as human capital director. Fuad Rizal, who was appointed interim managing director, remains as finance chief.

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