MOSCOW (MRC) -- Indonesia has chosen
Elia Massa Manik, head of the state holding company for the plantations
industry, said Reuters,
citing the new chief executive of state energy firm Pertamina
Manik, chief executive of PT Perkebunan Nusantara 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, two sources with
knowledge of the issue said.
A spokeswoman for Pertamina, which dominates
Indonesia's energy industry, said any announcement still has to wait for
official confirmation from shareholders.
The state firm, has a virtual
monopoly on petroleum imports, leads the country in retail oil sales, and owns
and operates the country's main refineries.
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.