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28 Nov, 2016

Moehamad Soeparno, President, Garuda Indonesia

ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame – Initiated by Travel Impact Newswire Executive Editor Imtiaz Muqbil to recognise the many veterans who helped grow and shape ASEAN tourism over the last 50 years.

Pak Soeparno

Date and Place of Birth:  23 February 1938, Cirebon

Marital Status: Married to the late Mariah Soeparno, three children.

Religion: Muslim


– Akademi Pimpinan Perusahaan, Jakarta (Jakarta Corporate Leadership Academy), 1962

– Civil Air Transportation courses in Frankfurt and Amsterdam (1972 and 1974)

– Advanced Transportation Management Program, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill (1982)

Professional Career:

1959: Started career as passenger officer and luggage handler at Kemayoran Airport with Garuda Indonesian Airways.

1963: After completing several internal courses on top of his class, became Garuda’s youngest

Jakarta office chief at Hotel Indonesia

1968 – 1975: Became Garuda’s youngest General Manager stationed overseas (Frankfurt)

1975 – 1976: General Manager in Palembang, covering South Sumatera

1977 – 1982: General Manager in Bangkok, Thailand

1982 – 1984: General Manager for Germany, Scandinavia and Finland

1984 – 1988: Director of Sales and Marketing

1988 – 1992: President Director, PT Garuda Indonesia

1993 – 2007: Chairman of PT Sarana Putra Nusantara (property and mining) and continued involvement in tourism development, in particular Cirebon, by establishing the Sunyaragi Foundation (Yayasan Goa Sunyaragi) and actively involved in the preservation of Cirebon’s Kasepuhan Palace.

Other achievements:

– President of IATA (1989 – 1990)

– Actively involved in the development of Nusa Dua Resort and the advancement of Bali Tourism Development Master Plan (together with Joop Ave)

– Initiated the developments of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Nusa Indah Convention Center (now Westin Nusa Dua), both managed by Aerowisata Hotels (a subsidiary of Garuda Indonesia) at that time.

– Published there books on “Change Management”, “National Character Building” and “Indonesian Air Transport”

Date of Passing: 17 Oct 2007

Source: Eddy Soeparno, son