In early 2012 GarudaFood, under PT Tudung Putra Putri Jaya, opened its overseas operation center in India, named Garuda Polyflex Foods. The development of this company which started as a beginning in Pati, Central Java, certainly has involvement from Sudhamek, stepped down as CEO of GarudaFood in August 2012, and now a Commissioner within the company. At 2004, Sudhamek was awarded as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young Indonesia Entrepreneur of the Year Award and dubbed as The Most Admired CEO by Warta Ekonomi magazine from 2004 to 2007.
The long journey of Sudhamek’s involvement in Garuda Food started when he sold roasted peanuts while he was still in college. Now GarudaFood oversees 20,000 knowledge workers and with its recent partnership with Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd, Japan, in non alcoholic beverage business, things looked bright for GarudaFood. Yet opportunities still await, and people within the company even asked themselves: Who would be able and how to continue the legacy?
This case study discusses some inspiring rural leaders consisting of the Regency of Purwakarta (West Java), Batang (Central Java), and Bantaeng (Southeast Sulawesi). Why rural leadership?
Rural leadership is interesting to discuss especially in transitional countries such as Indonesia, where the agricultural-based society is still very strong versus industrial-based societies. Nowadays the discussion about rural-based development depends very much on the leaders. It is said if the leader is bad then the region will not go anywhere and the leader ends up under government financial scrutiny or in jail.
In this case study three leaders change the mindset and mentality of their people, apply corporate governance especially in allocation and budget, and implement system-based government instead of preserving the cult of the individual. Each of the regents were owed credit due to their high achievements from very mediocre region that they ruled.