Adopts Grass Philosophy, Ahyanizzaman Appointed BUMN Director

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Ahyanizzaman (right) being congratulated by UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. H. Mohammad Nasih, MT., SE., Ak after named as UNAIR Alumnus with Achievements 2015. Stood next to Rector, The Head of Unair MWA Sudi Silalahi (second from the left) and The Head of Academic Senate Prof. Muh Amin (the furthest left). (Photo: Bambang BES/Warta UNAIR)

UNAIR NEWS – Consistent in integrity. That was the key which brought Drs. Ahyanizzaman, Ak., CA., FCMA., CGMA., success in his career. The alumnus of S-1 degree Accounting, Faculty of Economics Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) told about how he pursued his successful career and was appointed Director of Finance PT Semen Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.

“I adopt the philosophy of grass. Eventhough it is small and invisible, but it has great strength. Chopped down or burnt, it still grows. And it also contributes,” he said.

His career started when he was working on his bachelor thesis. When he did not have many activities at college, he applied for an internship in a public accounting office (KAP). He learned many things regarding accounting systems there. He learned to control and set up companies’ system. A year later, he started working at PT Semen Gresik (Persero) Tbk because it was not far from where he lived.

When he was at college, Ahyanizzaman was not a campus activist. He was active in an organization outside campus which gave him a lot of lessons. Near his boarding house, he was active in nature lovers’ club. He learned how to manage the organization, work in team, communicate and those experiences served him well when he started work.

Throughout his career, Ahyanizzaman admitted that English was one of important skills to master. As the director of finance, he often communicates with people overseas. His company also has international partners, so every meeting used English. He also has task to update information to the investors overseas.

PT Semen Gresik which was a local company had a long history before renamed into PT Semen Indonesia. This replacement, in his opinion, posed quite a challenge.

“Our skills have to expand. They key is we have to be consistent in integrity. Integrity means do the best though no one observes. At work, we have to do the best even though our employer doesn’t watching. It will bring us employer’s trust,” said the man born on July 6, 1966.

“Some other regional cement companies were older and had their own tradition. The way to convince them to unite was crucial. By uniting the companies, there will be better profits improvement potential. And it happened, when the transformation started, it gave us some benefits. The cement market in Java was big, if we didn’t unite we would have lost out. And so the name became Semen Indonesia,” added the ex-director of Semen Gresik community union from 1996 to 2001 regarding his company transformation.

Currently PT Semen Indonesia has four subsidiaries in two countries. They are PT Semen Padang, PT Semen Gresik, PT Semen Tonasa, and Thang Long Cement Company in Vietnam.

After Semen Gresik transformed into Semen Indonesia, it became an international company. Ahyanizzaman and his team worked hard in synergy to revive the company in Vietnam, from suffering financial loss to making profits. It could happen because Semen Indonesia sent his best team there.

According to the Senior Finance Manager of PT Semen Gresik (Persero) Tbk (2002-2007), an accountant’s job nowadays was not limited to bookkeeping, but also to be a strategic partner for all components of the company. For example to improve values, guiding the company to have added values by controlling costs, funding management, communicating with the stakeholders, share holders, and guiding the company to improve.

Now, there is a company which offers their service to make financial reports. In his opinion, it is a threat for accountants if they do not upgrade their ability and achieve more skills. “An accountant can be an analyst. Because reports can be made by machines,” said the man who currently sits as President Commissioner PT Eternit Gresik.

His has a distinguished career now, but looking back, his dream was simple; to be able to work in a company was enough for him. But there were many people expected more of him.

“In the beginning, I thought that being a chief of division was enough. But there were chances. I even rejected the idea of being a director of finance, at first. But my family supports and pushes me to go forward. Alhamdulillah, God shows me the way,” said the father of three sons; Muhammad Alfian Ramadhan, Muhammad Isro’ Nazahar, and Muhammad Rahman Aziz.

During the celebration of UNAIR 61st Dies Natalis, Ahyanizzaman was named as Alumnus with Achievements. He had high hopes to his almamater.

“UNAIR at the age of 61, shouldn’t focus on its age. It can be considered to be old, but there are olders universities and they still exist and give more values of its students and the graduates. It is a point where it has to move forward. I think UNAIR has great potentials. It’s just a matter of managing them so they can be exploited to reach world best 500 universities,” he said. (bin/bes)

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