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Garuda Indonesia’s new bosses face Herculean task after scandals

  • Riza Roidila Mufti and Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, January 23, 2020   /  08:36 am
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All set: A Garuda Indonesia aircraft gets prepared to depart from Ahmad Yani International Airport's new terminal in Semarang, Central Java, on June 6. (JP/Suherdjoko)

National-flag carrier Garuda Indonesia’s new board members face a Herculean task going forward to not only score profits but also to regain public trust after a string of scandals that hit the airline last year. The publicly listed company’s extraordinary shareholders meeting on Wednesday appointed Irfan Setiaputra as the new president director, replacing Ari Askhara. Ari was fired in December following the discovery of a smuggled Harley Davidson motorcycle and upmarket bicycles on board one of Garuda’s brand new airplanes. Irfan previously served as chief executive officer and president director at a number of telecommunications companies, including Sigfox Indonesia in 2019 and PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia from 2009 to 2012. “I hope Pak Irfan Setiaputra can do his job well, follow good corporate governance principles and improve Garuda’s pe...