Continuing a legacy
A SENSE OF duty made Ryan Haryanto return to Indonesia to run Kiky Stationery, his family’s business. Based in Solo, the company is one of the largest manufacturers of stationery products in Indonesia.
“As CEO of Kiky, I manage day-to-day operations and make sure business activity runs smoothly,” says the 29-year-old entrepreneur. “I have chosen this path in order to continue my dad’s legacy. The business has been in my family for 35 years, and it’s my obligation to bring it to the next level.”
Haryanto gained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from DeVry University in Los Angeles, California in 2014. He is the brother of Formula One driver Rio Haryanto. A former driver himself, Ryan quit racing in 2008 after competing in the Asian Formula Renault Series. His father, Sinyo Haryanto, is also a former racer and is President Director of the family business.
“My dad is my mentor, I’ve learned a lot from him,” says Haryanto. “He always told me that nothing comes easy, you have to work for it. This has become my motto. I believe that communication, integrity and hard work are the three traits that a person must have to succeed as an entrepreneur. To have my father as my role model is a blessing, because he represents himself with those three qualities that I admire, and I want to be just like him.”
What are Haryanto’s goals and ambitions? “I want to diversify our company’s products and introduce new business that can complement what we are producing right now. I believe that today has to be better than yesterday. Whenever we complete a task, we will set new goals. We should never stop improving ourselves.”