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Karen Agustiawan: Challenges male domination of oil and gas industry

  • Alfian,

    The Jakarta Post,

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 8 2009   /  11:24 am

The appointment of Karen Agustiawan as president director of state oil and gas company PT Pertamina was has been met with waves of speculation and many questions. Karen's quarter of a century working in the oil and gas industry are apparently not enough to silence several lawmakers who have incessantly questioned her ability to run the company, which contributes the highest dividends to state revenue. But Karen, a mother of three, is sure to shoot back at the accusations with her trade mark, unwavering self confidence.* "We (referring to herself and Pertamina's new Vice-President Director Omar S. Anwar) have begun our footsteps and there is no way to look back," Karen said in soft but firm tone. * A steadfast professional, the fifty-year-old Karen always chooses her words carefully, something that has sparked concern among journalists that she may be a ti...