President and Chief Executive Officer
M. Arif Wibowo starts his tenure as the President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia on the 12th of December 2014. Mr. Wibowo is an example of Garuda’s owned-bred talent. He started his career in Garuda Indonesia right after he finished his Mechanical Engineering degree at The Institute of Technology Sepuluh November (ITS) Surabaya, Indonesia. In his early years, Mr. Wibowo worked as an engineer at the maintenance shop. Since then, his career blossomed and he spent the majority of his career in the marketing and sales department which include director international relations, director marketing alliance, general manager for Fukuoka, Japan, Senior General Manager for Japan, Korea, China & USA, and EVP Marketing & Sales. Mr. Wibowo was the President & CEO of Citilink, a low cost subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia, when the extraordinary shareholder meeting appointed him as the President & CEO of Garuda Indonesia.
Under Mr. Wibowo’s leadership, Citilink has been growing significantly. From 9 aircraft in 2012 when he assumed the top position, Citilink business has evolved and in December 2014, Citilink was operating 32 aircraft. In terms of routes, Citilink has grown from 10 routes in 2012 to 36 routes by the end of 2014. Recognizing the improvements that Citilink has been going through, Indonesia Travel and Tourism Association awarded Citilink as the Indonesia Leading Low Cost Airline in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Citilink was also awarded the Service to Care Award in 2012 and 2013 by MarkPlus Insight.
Apart from his engineering degree, Mr. Wibowo is a graduate of Master of Management in Air Transportation from the University of Indonesia in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a professional certification from Asia Marketing Federation (AMF) as the Certified Professional Marketer (CPM Asia).
Mr. Wibowo is the current chairman of Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA) and also the chairman of Indonesia Marketing Association (IMA). He also actively involves in Indonesia’s chamber of commerce (KADIN) and is serving as the Head of Permanent Committee on the Air Transportation Sector. Moreover, Mr. Wibowo has recently assumed the position of the Chairman of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA).
Mr. Wibowo is a keen cyclist. On his free time, he cycles at a variety of terrains and as such, owns a number of bikes including road and mountain bikes.