Ivan Dasa Saputra
The State-Owned Enterprises Ministry installed Rudy Setyopurnomo as the new president director of Merpati Nusantara Airlines on Monday, replacing Sardjono Jhony Tjitrokusumo.
The management change at Merpati was the latest in a series of changes by the ministry. Last week the ministry installed Arief Yahya as the new CEO of Telekomunikasi Indonesia, or Telkom, to fill the shoes left by Rinaldi Firmansyah.
Rudy’s inauguration was performed by Sumaryanto, the deputy minister for infrastructure and logistics affairs, on Monday.
The ministry did not provide a reason for the change but Merpati pilots are reportedly prepared to stage a protest to show their displeasure with the impromptu appointment.
Rudy, a former president director at Indonesia Airlines, said that he was prepared to meet the pilots, in hopes of avoiding a work stoppage.
Rudy said Merpati’s financial situation was in bad shape, with a loss of Rp 750 billion ($81 million) last year. The company is forecasting a loss of Rp 150 billion for the first half of this year.
“Bad management has caused the company to post losses of between Rp 2 billion and Rp 3 billion every day,” Rudy said.