JAKARTA, March 15 Indonesia has chosen Elia
Massa Manik, the head of the state holding company for the
plantations industry, as the new chief executive of state energy
firm Pertamina, local media reported on Wednesday.
Manik, the chief executive of PT Perkebunan Nusantara III
(PTPN III) and former head of oil and gas company PT Elnusa, a
unit of Pertamina, was appointed by Indonesian President Joko
Widodo on Tuesday evening, Investor Daily said, citing unnamed
A spokeswoman for Pertamina, which dominates Indonesia's
energy industry, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The state oil firm, has a virtual monopoly on petroleum imports,
leads in retail sales, and owns and operates the country's main
Last month, Pertamina removed its CEO Dwi Soetjipto and
Deputy CEO Ahmad Bambang, citing leadership problems. New and
renewable energy director Yenni Andayani was appointed acting
Pertamina chairman Tanri Abeng said at the time that complex
recruitment and management structure issues had "obstructed
cooperation", adding that there would no longer be a deputy CEO
Soetjipto was appointed CEO of Pertamina in November 2014 by
President Widodo, and had overseen efforts to eliminate
corruption and slash Indonesia's fuel imports, including by
developing domestic refining capacity.
(Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Richard Pullin)