The Jakarta Post
Garibaldi “Boy” Thohir has been appointed as independent commissioner of PT Aplikasi Karya Anak Bangsa (Go-Jek), a technology company whose core business is its ride-hailing application.
“I am honored and motivated to be able to join Go-Jek. [...] I have followed Go-Jek's progress since the beginning,” said Boy, president director and CEO of PT Adaro Energy, in a statement received on Wednesday.
He praised three Go-Jek executives and founders – Nadiem Makarim, Andre Soelistyo and Aldi Haryopratomo – as young talented figures who managed to establish a startup and develop it into a decacorn.
Boy also praised Go-Jek for creating more than 2 million jobs in less than five years.
“I am amazed with their achievement because my business group and I only managed to create 25,000 jobs in 10 years,” Boy said, adding that Go-Jek had come up with a solution to improving the welfare of the people.
Boy, the brother of Erick Thohir, the former campaign chief of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, said he was committed to transferring his knowledge as a businessman to other people who were interested in running a business.
He said Go-Jek had managed to partner with 400,000 merchants in the Go-Jek ecosystem in Southeast Asia.
“Therefore, I promise to contribute my best to Go-Jek and Indonesia so that we can take part in improving the welfare of the people. I am optimistic that with the advanced technology we have, we will be able to realize our ambition soon,” he added. (bbn)