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 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 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.
Ms Serena Wong, Independent Non-Executive Director
Date of appointment: 16 July 2021
Ms. Wong joined the Board of Directors of Polaris Ltd on 16 July 2021, bringing 21 years of banking and financial services experience across sovereign wealth fund, investment bank, wealth management and family office. Ms. Wong is the Head of Advisory at Kamet Capital Partners, a professional multi-family office to new economy founders in Asia. She spent 10 years at JPMorgan covering Indonesia and 5 years at Société Générale covering Metals & Mining and Project Financing. She started her career at the Government of Singapore Corporation, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund. Ms. Wong is passionate about increasing women’s voice in business; she was a founding committee member of JPMorgan’s Women Interactive Network in Asia.