Mandiri pins future on young talent

State-owned lender Bank Mandiri is intensifying efforts to nurture its pool of young talent through dynamic tours of duty and furthering education to stay competitive in the digital era.

With such a strategy, which the bank claims will create “new DNA”, is expected to unleash the potential of its 40,000 workers, 65.8 percent of whom are millennials, Bank Mandiri’s president director Kartika “Tiko” Wirjoatmodjo said.

“If we’re not ready, we will be late in facing the new revolution in digital banking. This is why we have to groom our employees,” Tiko said Thursday in a public forum, which invited executives of major state-owned enterprises.

Mandiri, the country’s largest lender by assets, has implemented a talent mobility system that allows its employees to discover new challenges. For instance, those stationed at branches can request a transfer to a Mandiri subsidiary, such as venture capital firm Mandiri Capital Indonesia or securities firm Mandiri Sekuritas, Tiko said.