Traveloka CTO Denni Gautama passes away at 39

Employees of Traveloka are seen working at the company's headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters

Denni Gautama, the chief technology officer for transport and accommodation at Indonesian traveltech unicorn Traveloka, has passed away on Monday, the company’s CEO & Co-Founder Ferry Unardi has confirmed in a statement.

“With our deepest condolences, I would like to convey a great loss, one of our closest friends, one of the great leaders in Traveloka just passed away today, Denni Permadi Gautama, Chief of Technology Officer of Transport & Accommodation Engineering,” Unardi said.

The cause of Gautama’s death has not been disclosed.

He joined Traveloka in April 2016 as head of Engineering for its accommodation services. He was promoted to vice president of Engineering for the company’s Travel Products in July 2018, a position that had him lead the engineering teams that are mainly responsible for building and operating Traveloka core B2C travel products.

Before joining Traveloka, Gautama was enterprise architect based in Singapore at Global Blue, a tourism shopping tax refund company headquartered in Nyon, Switzerland.

“He had been a valued member of our team from early 2016 and will be sadly missed by many. We have lost a dear friend, a great leader, and valued colleague,” Unardi said in a written statement.

The Traveloka CEO described Gautama as “communicative, open, and deeply catering to not only the engineering team but for Traveloka as a company”.

“Each of us grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual. Please send your prayers to him and please keep Denni’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time,” Unardi said.

Gautama’s passing comes as Traveloka is looking to raise $500 million in fresh funding that could value the company at as much as $4.5 billion, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The investment, which will be used to fuel Traveloka’s expansion in the region, could close within the next two months, the report further added.

In April, DealStreetAsia reported that the Southeast Asian online travel major bagged $420-million in funding from Singapore sovereign fund GIC in a bid to become the region’s travel super app.

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