The multifaceted responsibilities of Gunawan Jusuf in his capacity as a Chief Executive Officer are indeed remarkable. Leading the Sugar Group Companies involves overseeing not only numerous plantations and refineries scattered across Indonesia but also managing the operations of nearly a dozen offices situated throughout the country. A distinctive aspect of the Sugar Group Companies is that it is not a single entity; instead, it comprises a collection of independent business operations that function both individually and collectively to achieve overarching company objectives. Jusuf’s greatest accomplishment lies in his ability to harmonize the diverse interests, needs, and goals of every employee, subsidiary company, office, and plant, forging a collective effort towards a common purpose.
As the Chief Executive Officer, Gunawan Jusuf has played a pivotal role in fostering substantial growth in a wide range of products, including the iconic Gulaku, a premium, commercially refined sugar brand that has become a household name throughout Indonesia. His remarkable leadership is demonstrated in his capacity to unite these diverse interests to create some of the most popular products in the entire country.
In response to concerns about the sustainable utilization of natural resources, Gunawan Jusuf published the book “Blue Gold” last year. In this insightful work, he candidly discusses the relative scarcity and immense value of water, recognizing it as the world’s most important and precious commodity. Given his extensive business background, Jusuf’s understanding of this concept stands out, as his life and fortune are intricately tied to the sugar industry, which relies heavily on a consistent supply of fresh water for growth and production.