The Jakarta Post
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno has appointed acting state-owned oil and gas holding company president director Nicke Widyawati as definitive president director of the company.
KompasTV reported on Wednesday that Rini announced the appointment of Nicke as the Pertamina president director when inaugurating three electricity infrastructure projects in Papua, Jayapura.
Nicke was the second female Pertamina president director after Karen Agustiawan.
Previously, Rini said she had submitted three candidates for CEO of state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
SOEs Ministry strategic industry and media affairs undersecretary Fajar Harry Sampurno said in Jakarta on Tuesday that Nicke Widyawati was one of the three. “The internal candidate is Ibu Nicke. There is also an external candidate,” Fajar said.
Fajar did not name the other two candidates, but reports suggest the candidates are Pertamina upstream director Samsu Alam and former Pertamina marketing and commerce director Hanung Budya Yuktyanta.
It has been four months since the removal of Elia Massa Manik from his position as Pertamina president director. Since then, the energy holding company has been led by Nicke.
The government official linked Elia’s removal with a series of problems at the company, including a recent oil spill and slow progress in refinery developments, but analysts have also linked it to his reluctance to carry out the government’s populist programs, including the one-price fuel policy to provide low-price fuel in remote regions. (bbn)