PT Metropolitan Retailmart
CEO & PresidentChristine Barki
I have six brothers and sisters and I’m the fourth child. I went to elementary school in Bandung, Indonesia, and attended middle school and high school in Singapore. Then, I studied in the United States. Since I was a child, I was taught to be disciplined and concentrate on a task. I have also learned to respect people and keep promises.
When I had my first son in 1985, I was working in the business administration sector. Around that time, there was a five-star hotel in Beijing that was about to be launched and was looking for employees. I was anxious in the beginning to work abroad. I decided to work for that hotel in Beijing. For about nine yeas, I worked to make things run smoothly there. I also helped establishing new hotels in Shanghai and other cities.
After I returned to Indonesia, I worked to build an auditing system for a hotel. Then the owner of the hotel, who is the current owner of Metro, asked me to become a president of Metropolitan Retailmart, and I accepted.
The biggest problem I had was culture shock. At first, I had trouble speaking Indonesian as I had forgotten the language. The way people work is very different from what I had experienced, so I felt as if I were a foreigner. In addition, Indonesian employees were passive and didn’t express their opinions much. But I made a constant effort to pass my knowhow on to fellow employees. As a result, they eventually began to understand what I was aiming for, and today, they work hard for the company.
We are currently preparing to launch new stores in Jakarta and Makassar in Sulawesi next year. If I get too old and become unable to work anymore, I am thinking that I would like to start something new involving social work.
- PT Metropolitan Retailmart
- Retailers, department store