People Digest: GOJEK appoints group chief data officer; Fave ropes in senior execs in Malaysia

Go-Jek Indonesia office. Photo: Go-Jek

Indonesia’s ride-hailing firm GOJEK has appointed Gautam Kotwal as its group chief data officer, while Singapore-based O2O platform Fave has named a CFO and MD for Malaysia.

GOJEK appoints group chief data officer

Indonesia’s ride-hailing firm GOJEK has appointed Gautam Kotwal as its group chief data officer to expand its business intelligence and data science capabilities, per a statement.

In this role, Kotwal will be responsible for managing GOJEK’s overall data strategy and teams across business intelligence, data engineering, data science, and fraud. He will also provide integrated oversight for all data-related functions at the ride-hailing unicorn.

Based in Singapore, he will report to GOJEK co-founder Kevin Aluwi.

Kotwal has more than 20 years of Silicon Valley experience in leadership roles in engineering, data analytics, and machine learning.

Prior to GOJEK, Kotwal has done stints at Albertsons, Kohl’s and Netflix. He was one of the early engineers in the Netflix Streaming team, enabling the company’s growth through the launch of streaming services across TV, gaming platforms, and mobile.

GOJEK has 3,000 employees in its data function to date, spanning technology, operational, and administrative roles.

Most recently, GOJEK Entertainment Group, a new division of GOJEK, appointed Edy Sulistyo as its chief executive officer.

Fave ropes in CFO and MD in Malaysia 

Fave, an offline-to-online platform for small and medium enterprises, has hired Jason Tan as CFO and Jake Abdullah as managing director in Malaysia, according to a statement.

As the CFO, Tan will be responsible for driving Fave’s economic growth and overseeing all financial operations including fundraising, corporate development, besides helping the firm venture into new markets and business verticals.

Tan has more than 17 years of experience in Southeast Asia’s financial services industry, having held key roles in finance, strategic planning, corporate development and operations.

Before joining Fave, he was the CFO at OVO, one of Indonesia’s leading startups specialising in digital payments, rewards and privileges. Prior to OVO, Jason was a director at CIMB Group.

Jake Abdullah, meanwhile, was previously the CEO of Astro Radio, Malaysia. He was instrumental in setting up four Astro-affiliated radio stations overseas, namely Aamar FM and Power FM in India; and Gen FM and Jak FM in Jakarta.

The new additions will provide Fave with a strong regional foothold to increase its market share in Southeast Asia, as well as strengthen its position as a market leader, the company said in its statement.

In 2018, the loyalty and payments platform raised $20 million in Series B funding led by investors Sequoia Capital, Venturra Capital and SIG.

FAVE acquired F&B startups WAAVE, CutQ and FoodTime in Singapore and Malaysia in May. It now operates in over 35 cities in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.