Jon Sheppard, CTO of Gojek’s financial arm, announces departure

Ilustrasi Gojek/ GO-JEK. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Go-Finance chief technology officer (CTO) Jon Sheppard has stepped down from the position, he announced in a LinkedIn post.

The move comes barely a month after the departure of Gojek group CTO Ajey Gore. Gore’s five-year stint with Gojek is said to have been crucial in leading the firm’s engineering team during its early growth years.

Per his Linkedin post, Sheppard is understood to have taken up a new role as the CTO for Pakistan-based fintech firm Sadapay. He has been serving on the advisory board of Sadapay since July last year.

“Finishing up my last day with Gojek today after 2.5 yrs building the financial services team and helping to drive financial inclusion for millions of Indonesians – it has been an amazing journey where I have got to work with some of the most passionate and talented individuals of my career who I will dearly miss and built some amazing tech and products that are making a real difference in people’s lives, which has been hugely fulfilling,” he said in the post.

Under his leadership, Go-Finance launched “new products, including the consumer product PayLater, a P2P lending platform and a number of new products supporting drivers, merchants and partners,” he said.

Prior to his role at Gojek, Shepperd served as CTO at iCar Asia Limited where he led the teams in Jakarta, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. He also served as head of technology at Germany-based real estate online marketplace ImmoScout24.

Meanwhile, Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab’s CTO for core technologies and transport, Mark Porter, also left the decacorn recently. He will be assuming the CTO role at Nasdaq-listed SaaS firm MongoDB this month.

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