Garuda Indonesia has named a new leadership team at an extraordinary general meeting today, following the dismissal of former chief, Ari Askhara.
Irfan Setiaputra will take up the chief executive mantle and Dony Oskaria was named his deputy.
Setiaputra’s LinkedIn profile states that he is the chief executive at the Indonesian unit of telecommunications equipment company Sigfox.
Oskaria was previously on Garuda’s board of commissioners until April 2019 and was one of the two commissioners who refused to sign off on the carrier’s 2018 financial results, bringing to light contentious accounting practices.
The airline also increased the number of management directors from four to six, retained one member from the previous management team, and confirmed two officials in acting positions.
Fuad Rizal, who was appointed interim managing director, remains as Garuda’s finance chief.
Commercial director Pikri Ilham Kurniansyah, who took on the roles of human capital director and cargo and business development director in an acting capacity, will step down from the role.
Aryaperwira Adileksana and Tumpal Manumpak Hutapea, two of four officials appointed to support Rizal and Kuniansyah in their acting duties, were confirmed as human capital director and operations director, respectively.
Last December, Indonesia’s minster for state-owned enterprises, Erick Thohir publicly ordered Askhara’s dismissal over an alleged attempt to smuggle items on board an Airbus A330-900 fresh off the production line.
Four more directors were suspended soon after, and these include operations director Bambang Adisurya, technical and services director Iwan Joeniarto, human capital director Heri Akhyar, as well as cargo and business development director Muhammad Iqbal.