In March 2018, Yongky Kristando was in India for his BUS-X577 class, asking insightful questions during a meeting with the global CIO of UK-based RB. At the time, Yongky didn’t realize how his MS in Information Systems and that meeting would impact his life. His questions and enthusiasm made an impression on the CIO. So, when Yongky was close to graduation and seeking opportunities in Southeast Asia, he reached out to RB, and the global fast-moving consumer goods company (FMCG) developed a rotational training position just for Yongky.
With his MS in Information Systems degree and experience in hand, Yongky moved to Malaysia later that year to begin his trainee position with RB—some of the company’s more well-known US brands include Lysol, Clearasil, and Air Wick. As in most organizations, RB trainees are entry-level positions. But just as the shelf life of FMCG packaged goods is brief, so was Yongky’s tenure as a trainee. Three months into what should have been an 18-month program, he began earning a series of promotions across southeast Asia that brought him to his current position as RB’s Country IT Manager for Indonesia. His role is integral to making sure shoppers can find the company’s products on store shelves across the world’s fourth most populous country.
“I moved into a company that I did not know of; I moved into a country that I was not familiar with. I got into an industry that I had no background in whatsoever (laughing), and here I am. It’s all about hard work. It’s all about picking things up quickly and being personable.”
It’s about being well prepared
Yongky had no IT experience before beginning the MSIS program, yet he was able to gain advanced skills and learn about different frameworks for using technology to drive business growth. His communication skills were enhanced by the many presentations he prepared and delivered in the program. He now uses these skills on a regular basis.