Feb 8, 2023
GoTo Shakes Up Board, Management After Steep Share Selloff
(Bloomberg) -- GoTo Group shares resumed their decline after the Indonesian ride-hailing and delivery giant sidelined several key executives and switched up its board following a steep market selloff.
Undertaking its biggest management reshuffle yet, the country’s biggest tech company announced Wednesday that group president Patrick Cao is relinquishing his post to run a company endowment fund. The head of its Tokopedia unit, William Tanuwijaya, will no longer lead the local e-commerce pioneer he founded in 2009, though he’ll remain a commissioner and co-chairman of GoTo.
The stock fell as much as 6.7% in Jakarta on Thursday, bringing its decline since last year’s market debut to 67%.
GoTo is appointing a cadre of new leaders just as the tech industry is grappling with geopolitical tensions and a potential global recession. The Indonesian company, which for years enjoyed unparalleled growth, has cut 12% of its workforce to reach profitability, joining a wave of layoffs rocking Silicon Valley giants and startups.
The company managed to narrow losses in the most recent quarter but continues to struggle to convince investors of its prospects. Its plan to facilitate controlled stake sales by pre-IPO backers — aimed at avoiding a bigger selloff at once — fizzled.
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Chief Executive Officer Andre Soelistyo told reporters Wednesday the reshuffle is meant to accelerate GoTo’s path to profitability. The shakeup included a series of departures from the board and other executive appointments. Melissa Siska Juminto was appointed as president of e-commerce; Catherine Sutjahyo was named president of on-demand business; and Hans Patuwo president of fintech business.
Formed via a merger of ride-hailing provider Gojek and e-commerce firm Tokopedia, GoTo raised $1.1 billion in one of last year’s largest initial public offerings. Early backers such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and SoftBank Group Corp. were held to an eight-month lockup expiring Nov. 30 to support the stock price following the IPO.
Then the market soured. Southeast Asian food delivery spending grew at the slowest pace in at least four years in 2022, highlighting the challenges faced by regional internet giants including GoTo and Grab Holdings Ltd.
“Our focus is to expedite path to profitability,” Soelistyo told reporters in Jakarta. “We need to become an independent company, not dependent on external funding including fundraising.”
--With assistance from Yudith Ho.
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