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Up Close and Personal with Rozik B Soetjipto Do Better, Becoming


Up Close and Personal with Rozik B Soetjipto Do Better, Becoming More Solid as One Big Freeport Family

Pak Rozik wants employee to be solid and to be even better in what they do.

Amid his busy schedule, Rozik Soetjipto, President Director of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) took time for an exclusive interview with the editor in his office. This humble figure shared stories of his childhood, adulthooda and, his expectations for the future of Freeport Indonesia under his leadership.

How was your Life Journey?
I was born in Karanganyar in 1943, officially in August. However I’m a scorpion. Are you confused? At that time was the Japanese era where they had a double administrative record of my birth due to some confusion so I have two birthdates. I spent my childhood in Temanggung, Central Java and when I started school my family moved to Magelang until I graduated high school. My father was a general practitioner who often moved from one city to the next, but in 1961 I was accepted to the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and I left by myself to Bandung, West Java. Upon graduation, I immediately began lecturing as an assistant lecturer at ITB, until I received a scholarship to continue my masters and doctorate studies in Belgium, Europe from 1971 until 1976, from the Metals Industry Development Center, Ministry of Industry. I received this scholarship after I married a West Javanese girl who I’ve known since studying in ITB living in Bandung, her name now is Dukat Soetjipto. Alhamdulilah after 11 years of waiting we were blessed with a son whom we named, Moh. Wisnu Syailendra, who is now 31 years old. My career path was mostly in the government sectors, as a Director, Director General of General Mining Department of Mines and Energy, and Ministry of Public Works. However, my longest occupation was actually as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Metallurgical Engineering, ITB. I have also worked as a commissioner and a consultant in several mining companies, until I was appointed as President Director of PT Freeport Indonesia.

Pak Rozik wanted to get to know and talk directly to employees.

Who were you close to while abroad (Belgium)?
Other than Frans Seda, our former ambassador in Belgium and Sumadi Brotodiningrat, first secretary at the embassy. I was very close to my supervisor in university Prof. Jeff Roos, even now we still corresponds through email. Several months ago I sent an email inviting him to visit Grasberg. Surprised by my invitation, I told him that I’m an executive at PT Freeport Indonesia. He replied saying people like us have unlimited amount of energy, even though already retired from bureaucracy we are still up for challenges. And that is also the reason why I accepted this assignment as the President Director of PTFI.

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