Clinton Global Initiative

Global Media, ASEAN Expert Joins APCO’s International Advisory Council

Washington, D.C. (July 13, 2010) – Yuli Ismartono, deputy chief editor of the English edition of TEMPO, a weekly news and current-affairs magazine based in Jakarta, Indonesia, joins APCO Worldwide as a member of the company's International Advisory Council (IAC), president and CEO Margery Kraus announced today.

"Yuli joins the IAC with an impressive background in journalism, government relations and community relations in the ASEAN region," said Kraus. “Her experience will be indespensable to clients based in the region or interested in doing business in these growing markets. We all look forward to benefiting from Yuli's evolving role with APCO."

Ismartono is also managing editor of AsiaViews, a monthly supplemental magazine distributed by publications in member ASEAN countries. She joins APCO's IAC after serving as a senior counselor at the company.

When TEMPO was banned by Indonesian President Suharto in 1994, Ismartono worked for SCTV, one of Indonesia's leading commercial television stations, as public relations general manager and producer of news documentaries for the next three years. In 1997, she joined the mining company Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary of Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold, as vice president for corporate communications. In 2000 she rejoined TEMPO when the magazine resumed publication following the resignation of President Suharto in 1998.

"I look forward to joining such a strong group of experts and working with APCO’s clients in this new capacity," said Ismartono. "I hope I can use my media background to help businesses and organizations successfully navigate the unique challenges and opportunities in the ASEAN region."

Ismartono joins a dynamic group of more than 50 recognized global leaders on the IAC, including Shelby Coffey, former editor of the Los Angeles Times and U.S. News & World Report; James McGregor, author of the bestselling book One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China and a veteran reporter for The Wall Street Journal; J. Stapleton Roy, former U.S. ambassador to Singapore, China and Indonesia; and CT Hew, former managing partner of Scotchbrook-BSMG Worldwide in Hong Kong. IAC members provide counsel to clients on complex issues and opportunities influencing their organizations and brands.

Ismartono is a member of the Jakarta Editors Club, the Indonesian Alliance of Journalists and the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club. She is also a member of the advisory board of the New York-based Revenue Watch Institute and Altsean Burma, a Bangkok-based nongovernmental organization campaigning for a free and democratic Myanmar.

About APCO Worldwide

Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an award-winning, independently owned global communication consultancy with offices in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO clients include corporations and governments; industry associations and nonprofit organizations; and seven of the top 10 companies on Fortune's Global 500. APCO offers services related to business, industry and finance; media, public opinion and society; and government and public policy. The firm is a majority women-owned business. For more information, please visit


Laura Bromley