The Founder and CEO of Gojek, Nadiem Makarim on Monday said that he had stepped down from the role at ride-hailing startup to participate the cabinet of Indonesian President named Joko Widodo. By surprise, this announcement has taken away many and the announcement actually comes after a day when Widodo had been sworn in for 2nd chance. Joko Widodo previously said that he wanted some young business executives who would join his cabinet. In a statement, a spokesperson from Gojek said TechCrunch that Andre Soelistyo, the President of the Gojek and Kevin Aluwi, the Co-Founder of Gojek will be taking over as the new Co-CEOs of the company.
The spokesman also said that they were very proud that their founder would play a significant character in moving Indonesia on the global stage and that was really unprecedented for an honorable local founder who were helping for the development of an entire nation. He added that they had planned for that possibility and there would be no disruption in their business. Besides, they would make an announcement soon on what that news meant for Gojek and that would be announced within few days. They respected that process by the President and wouldn’t make any comment till there was an official announcement from there.
Makarim on the other hand, said that he was really honored that the Indonesian president Widodo asked him to accompany his cabinet. In 2010, Makarim founded Gojek as a 2-wheeler hailing service and the startup from that time has expanded further and has included a wide range of services which include mobile payments, online shopping as well as food delivery. Makarim actually came from a Indonesian family and his parents were anti-corruption activists and his beloved grandfather was an independence hero.