Indonesia-based ride-hailing firm and “tremendous app” Gojek stated right now that it has named a brand new chief expertise officer. Severan Rault, who beforehand held management positions at Amazon and Microsoft, takes over the function from Ajey Gore, who introduced final month he was leaving for private causes.
In a press release, the corporate stated Rault will oversee Gojek’s engineering groups in Southeast Asia and India and report back to co-chief govt officer Kevin Aluwi.
Rault has a protracted historical past of main engineering groups at giant tech firms, in addition to his personal startups.
Earlier than becoming a member of Gojek, Rault labored at Betawave, a digital actuality studio he based in 2016. Throughout his stint at Amazon, Rault was one of many founders of Prime Air, the corporate’s drone supply program. At Microsoft, he was the principal architect of Bing, the corporate’s search engine. Rault’s different expertise embrace founding Kikker Interactive, a wi-fi options supplier that was acquired by Microsoft in 2008.
Rault’s appointment comes at a important time for Gojek because it faces competitors from rival Seize and offers with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Final month, Gojek stated it was shedding 430 staff, or about 9% of its workforce, and shutting GoLife, its life-style companies division, to concentrate on its core funds, transportation and meals supply companies as a part of its long-term response to the pandemic.
Based in 2010 as a bike ride-hailing firm, Gojek has since reworked itself right into a “tremendous app” that provides on-line funds and a roster of on-demand companies, together with transportation, ecommerce deliveries and logistics. Gojek lately added Fb and PayPal to an inventory of high-profile buyers, together with Google and Tencent.
Gojek disclosed in March that it’s valued at $10 billion and now has over 170 million customers, but it surely faces fierce rivalry from Seize, one other Southeast Asian on-demand ride-hailing and logistics platform that can be constructing a web-based monetary companies enterprise. With a valuation of $14 billion, Seize is the bigger firm. Earlier this 12 months, studies emerged that the 2 had been discussing a merger, which Gojek denied and Seize declined to touch upon.
In assertion, Rault stated, “It’s a time like no different to be at Gojek. The corporate is getting into a important section because it strikes from startup to maturation and it’s particular to be part of that. Constructing programs and processes for a enterprise of Gojek’s scale and complexity is a problem one not often enjoys of their profession and I’m grateful for the chance.”