Gojek group CTO Ajey Gore departs after five years with firm

Gojek group chief technology officer (CTO) Ajey Gore is stepping down from his role, the Indonesian firm said in a statement on Friday.

His departure caps a five-year stint with Gojek, where he is credited for playing a crucial role in building and leading its engineering team during its early growth years.

It is not known where Gore will be heading next but he is understood to be taking a “personal break.”

The development was first reported by e27.

In an emailed statement, Gojek co-CEO Kevin Aluwi called Gore a “true pioneer” whose “passion, strategic insight and innovative mindset” had helped the company “develop into an integrated ecosystem that solves the daily challenges faced by consumers across Southeast Asia.”

“Ajey joined Gojek in 2015 when we were a small company that no one really knew about. He and the rest of his team took a chance on us and believed in our mission and potential when few others did, playing a critical role in getting us to where we are today. It is not an exaggeration to say that without his contributions, Gojek as we know it would not have come to be,” said Aluwi.

Launched in 2009 by Nadiem Makarim, Kevin Aluwi and Michaelangelo Moran, Gojek has grown rapidly to become one of Indonesia’s most successful and well-recognised technology companies.  The Indonesian super app today offers an array of services across ride-hailing, food delivery, financial services, logistics and online entertainment.

In January, DealStreetAsia reported that Dayu Dara Permata, the head of Gojek’s lifestyle division, had exited after the company decided to trim the number of services offered on GoLife due to weak performance.

The most prominent departure, however, has been Gojek co-founder and former CEO Nadiem Makarim. Last October, Makarim left Gojek to join President Joko Widodo’s cabinet as the education and culture minister, becoming Indonesia’s youngest minister at the age of 35.

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