Changing and Rearranging
AmCham Indonesia’s AGM hears of positive change and exciting new plans in 2019
By Paul Goddard
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Change and improvement for the future were the central themes as AmCham Indonesia held its Annual General Meeting on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Ayana Midplaza Jakarta hotel, electing its Board of Governors and looking back on 2018.
Board President Brian Arnold, stepping down from his role after more than four years due to term limits but remaining a Board member, spoke of how AmCham had become “the envy of other chambers” following the continued success of the Initiative Indonesia program and the US-Indonesia Investment Summit and as lead organizer of “The Journey Forward,” the business roundtable and gala that took place on the sidelines of the IMF/World Bank meetings in Bali in October.
He also said AmCham was entering “an exciting new phase” following the move in offices to WeWork in Revenue Tower, and important changes in the membership structure, creating more voting members and allowing more employees from member companies to get involved.
Brian also paid tribute to departing Executive Director Sarah Howe, thanking her for her tireless work for AmCham over the last nine years.
Managing Director A Lin Neumann also paid tribute to Sarah in his review of the year, and thanked Brian for all his efforts throughout his term of office as President.
Closing remarks were made by US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R Donovan, who began with a moment’s silence for former President George HW Bush, who died a few days previously.
Ambassador Donovan spoke of his expectation of continued warm relations between the US and Indonesia in 2019, with the two countries celebrating the 70th anniversary of opening diplomatic relations, and the development of even closer ties through the US-Indo Pacific strategy.
With the speeches over, it was down to the business at hand with the announcement of the results of the vote for members of AmCham’s 2019 Board of Governors.
Six positions needed to be filled, with Darrell Johnson and Adam Schwarz leaving due to term limits, Mark Winkel and Joe Bartlett standing for a second term, Robert Logie running for a first term as the term he replaced in 2018 was completed, and Andy Cobham leaving the Board due to retirement.
The governors elected or reelected were, alphabetically: Joe Bartlett, Citra Tubindo; Dee Lobatto, Team Creatif Indonesia; Robert Logie, AIG Insurance Indonesia; Douglas Ramage, Bower Group Asia; Tarek Razik, Jakarta Intercultural School; and Mark Winkel, Group W Strategic Communications.
After a brief Board meeting to elect a new president, it was announced that Scott Hanna of Freeport Indonesia would be the new President.
Scott also announced a new Emeritus group to work with the board comprised of Jim Castle of CastleGroup Asia; Andy Cobham, Darrell Johnson of SSEK Legal Services, and Peter Meyer, chair of the Services Committee. The members of the 2019 AmCham Indonesia Board of Governors are:
- President Scott Hanna (Freeport)
- Brian Arnold (PwC)
- Joe Bartlett (Citra Tubindo)
- Diego Gonzalez (Coca Cola)
- Dennis Heffernan (Indonesia Strategi Bisnis)
- Dee Lobatto (Team Creatif Indonesia)
- Robert Logie (AIG Insurance Indonesia)
- Louise McKenzie (ExxonMobil)
- Donna Priadi (GE)
- Douglas Ramage (Bower Group Asia)
- Tarek Rizak (Jakarta intercultural School )
- Kathy Scalabre (AGS)
- Tom Shreve (Numada)
- Batara Sianturi (Citi)
- Arief Susanto (Cargill)
- Mark Winkel (Group W Strategic Communications)
Thank you all for a great and successful 2018!