Having set his mind on what he wanted to achieve from the onset of his professional career, Alexander Rusli went on to do some things that he says were not in the plan.
But it has been an interesting journey just the same for the former consultant and regulator who now finds himself, at only 42 years old, as the president and chief executive officer of Indosat, one of Indonesia’s leading telecommunication companies.
“I wanted to use government as the stepping stone to get connections, and that was a very clear goal,” Mr Rusli said of his experiences from 2001-10. “It was supposed to be for five years but I couldn’t leave in the middle of the cabinet term and had to wait for the cabinet’s tenure to end, which ended up being nine years.”
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