Mr Sugiono Wiyono Sugialam, Executive Director & Executive Chairman

Date of appointment: 25 February 2021

Mr Sugiono joined the Board of Directors as an Executive Director and Chairman of the Board on 25 February 2021. Previously, Mr Sugiono had served as a Non-Executive Director in the Company from 2011 to 2016. Mr Sugiono has vast experience in technology, telecommunications, lifestyle goods, retail and distribution. Since the start of his career in 1985, Mr Sugiono has led multiple IPO and corporate actions within the industries where he is actively doing business. Mr Sugiono is actively involved in several major investment funds in Southeast Asia, especially in digital/tech start-ups and platforms, while also continuing to pursue his passions for active lifestyle and sustainability businesses. Mr Sugiono holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Surabaya, Indonesia. 

Mr Ong Kok Wah, Independent Non-Executive Director 

Date of appointment: 20 May 2010

Mr Ong was re-designated as an Independent Director on 12 August 2010. He was appointed as Chairman of the Board with effect from 1 March 2018. Mr Ong has over 47 years of working experience in the marine and offshore industries. He started his career in the Merchant Navy with Shell Eastern Fleet, Maple Hill Shipping and Guan Guan Shipping. He was with the Port Authority of Singapore (“PSA”) from 1968 to 1975 where his last position was Controller (Shipping). He joined Chuan Hup Holdings Limited Group as a Director from 1976 to October 2005. He was a Director with CH Offshore Ltd (“CHO”) for the period from 1987 to 2010, during which he was appointed as CEO from 2004 to 2007.

Mr. Masahiko Yabuki, Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment: 5 February 2018

Mr Yabuki joined the Board of Directors on 5 February 2018, bringing with him 35 years of business development experience and contacts in the APAC telecommunications and technology spaces. Since 2015, he has been CEO of MYNZ Co., Ltd., a company which focuses on consulting, business development and investments in Japan and Southeast Asia. Between 2015 and 2017 he was also CEO & President of CloudMinds Japan K.K., a company involved in the business of connecting a broad ecosystem of robots and smart devices to Cloud artificial intelligence.

Mr. Soennerstedt Carl Johan Pontus, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Date of appointment: 5 May 2016

With effect from 1 March 2018, Mr Soennerstedt was redesignated as Executive Director and appointed as CEO, after having served two years as non-executive independent director and Chairman of the Company. Between 2014 to 2017, Mr Soennerstedt set up and ran PT Bayon Management, a company engaged in internet consulting and investments in Indonesia. Consulting engagements included online media, law, music and payments, as well as discovery and evaluation of investment targets. Leading up to Bayon, Mr Soennerstedt was CEO at PT Skybee Tbk, an Indonesian holding company with technology, telecommunications and media subsidiaries. He held liaison positions engaging with SoftBank and SoftBank Ventures Korea, supporting their investment efforts in Indonesia, and was on the investment committee of Indonesian incubator and venture capital firm Ideosource.

Ms Evy Soenarjo, Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment: 08 April 2020

Ms Soenarjo joined the Board of Directors of Polaris Ltd. on 8 April 2020. She brings with her 25 years of broad business experiences across industries and functional roles, including Indonesia-listed company directorships. Since 2019, Ms Soenarjo has worked as an entrepreneur, pursuing her interests in online business, with a focus on branded preloved luxury goods in the Indonesian market. Between 1997 and 2019, Ms Soenarjo was working in the telecom industry. She started out in PT. Trikomsel Oke Tbk as finance & accounting manager and moved on to be part of the team developing the OkeShop retail business. She was promoted to Vice President and later appointed as a director in 2001. She managed retail operations and principal relationships, but also handled various assignments and responsibilities across the company. These included human resources, training, legal & general affairs, finance and accounting, as well as product and services business development for the OkeShop Network.

Ms Diana Airin, Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of appointment: 08 April 2020

Ms Airin joined the Board of Directors of Polaris Ltd. on 8 April 2020. She brings with her 25 years of business experiences in auto financing, banking, offline and online media, with a focus on sales and marketing. She has held several c-suite positions, including an Indonesia-listed company directorship. In 2019, Ms Airin became an entrepreneur for the second time in her career and started  PT Konsultan Strategi Penjualan (Wisdom Crowd) and Sambalauko, a business in her personal name. She is founder of both. The former does digital activations for millennials and is also an event organiser. The latter is in the food and beverage space, producing and distributing pre-cooked condiments.