Willix Halim has been nominated by the commissioners of Indonesian B2B player Bukalapak as the new CEO. Meanwhile, Sea Ltd’s e-commerce division Shopee is hiring in South Korea.
Bukalapak nominates CEO, new directors
The commissioners of Bukalapak have nominated Willix Halim as the online marketplace’s new chief executive officer, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
Bukalapak, which is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), has also nominated Howard Nugraha Gani, the current CEO of PT Buka Mitra Indonesia, and Victor Putra Lesmana, the president of commerce and fintech at Bukalapak, to join the company’s board of directors.
Halim was named the interim chief executive following the resignation of his predecessor Rachmat Kaimuddin in December.
After joining Bukalapak as a chief operating officer in 2016, Halim has “played an important role” in growing the company to become a unicorn, corporate secretary Perdana A. Saputro, said in a separate filing to the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday. Halim took part in developing Mitra Bukalapak, touted to be the company’s main engine of growth, he said.
Bukalapak has also announced a plan to pick a stake in digital lender Bank Allo as part of efforts to support its Mitra business.
Shopee hires 40 employees in South Korea
Singapore-based Sea Ltd’s e-commerce division Shopee is ramping up hiring by onboarding 40 employees in South Korea, reflecting its move to boost expansion into the country.
A large majority of the jobs are for cross-border positions that support Korean merchants in reaching overseas markets.
Shopee has been seen expanding into new markets recently. Last August, it launched a recruitment campaign for vendors to sell on what it called “Shopee India” and is ramping up hiring in the country. It has also expanded into several Latin American countries such as Brazil.
Shopee, was launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.