Go-Jek has poached an ex-Bain consultant from Apple as its Singapore expansion starts to gather pace. The Indonesian tech unicorn, which is valued at about $9.5bn and backed by Google, Temasek and Tencent, has hired Shobhit Singhal as its Singapore based VP of strategy and planning.
Singhal spent more than five years at Apple’s Singapore office, latterly as a senior manager in supply demand management, according to his online profile. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant at Bain & Company between 2006 and 2011, focused on “growth planning, M&A and operational optimisation projects” in the information technology and telecommunication sectors.
Go-Jek needs to hire people with a consultancy background to help drive its strategy of becoming a so-called super app across Southeast Asia, offering services from ride hailing to hairstyling. Singhal’s move suggests some of these people will be based in its Singapore office, which only opened last year.
Lien Choong Luen, Go-Jek’s Singapore general manager who joined in February, is also a management consultant. He was the Southeast Asia head at the McKinsey Centre for Government from 2012 to 2017.
Still, Go-Jek isn’t just hiring ex-consultants like Lien and Singhal in Singapore. It’s also building its Singapore technology team, in addition to its larger engineering hubs in Jakarta, Bangalore and Thailand. As we reported in January, Go-Jek recruited HSBC’s Adam D'Arcy as its Singapore-based chief product officer for Mapan, a lending network that it acquired in 2017. D'Arcy was chief product officer for the high-profile HSBC app PayMe, and his move demonstrates Go-Jek’s ability to attract senior talent from the banking sector.
Go-Jek’s office in Singapore’s Shenton Way focuses on high-end specialist jobs in data science and engineering. The firm currently has eight local engineering and data vacancies, and there are 18 other Go-Jek jobs in Singapore in fields such as risk and business operations.
New Go-Jek recruit Singhal has a tech/business academic background that makes him a sought-after candidate for an in-house strategy job at a tech firm. He has a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, and also an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Go-Jek is not the only tech unicorn with ride-hailing roots that is hiring in Singapore. Grab is also expanding, and several of its recent recruits have come from banks.
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