Tresna Soemardi, new anti-monopoly agency boss
Tresna Priyana Soemardi has been elected the new head of Indonesia's anti-monopoly agency or The Business Competition Supervisory Agency (KPPU) for 2010-2011 replacing Benny Pasaribu. Tri Anggraini, meanwhile, is appointed the deputy chairperson to replace Didik Akhmadi.
They're elected in an internal election of 11 commissioners of KPPU on Thursday, January 14. Who are they? Tresna is born in Palembang, South Sumatra, in September 1st, 1959. He graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology's mechanical engineering school and PhD in applied mechanics and advanced composite materials from Ecole Centrale de Paris, France in 1990.
He started his career with heavy equipment supplier PT United Tractors Tbk in 1980 as engineer, and then moved to PT New Module International as division manager in 1981. He joined University of Indonesia as lecturer at Engineering School in 1983 where he spent most of his career. He is a professor at the university.
Meanwhile, Anna Maria Tri Anggraini started her career as lecturer at University of Trisakti in 1988. She is also a lecturer at University of Indonesia's Post Graduate School. Born in Kudus in 1970, she graduated from Gadjah Mada University's Law School in 1987 and PhD from University of Indonesia in 2003.
KPPU is currently reviewing business practices of cement companies in Indonesia. KPPU suspected eight cement producers of practicing cartel in marketing of the construction material. Its recent ruling is on Carrefour's acquisition of Alfa Retailindo. Carrefour rejects the decision.