BeliMobilGue's CEO, Johnny Widodo, just recently left his position as Director at Ovo, an online pay platform, in order to lead the used car marketplace.
As one of the founding members of Ovo, Widodo played an important role in growing the company’s business since its inception in 2017.
With his new role at BMG, Widodo is charged with making the platform a leading player in its field. The pressure is on, especially since BMG’s parent company, Berlin-based Frontier Car Group, announced an investment commitment of $30 million that will be channeled into BMG over the next two years.
KrASIA recently sat down with Widodo to learn more about his journey in the country’s digital industry and his plans for BeliMobilGue.
KrASIA (Kr): Please tell us about your background and previous ventures before you were involved with Ovo and BeliMobilGue.
Widodo (Wi): I have a strong engineering background, but I’ve only attended two schools in my life. I went to Karunia Christian School in Jakarta from elementary to high school and I went to Nanyang Technology University to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in materials engineering. My previous ventures mostly consisted of leadership roles in management consulting, strategy, marketing, and sales across Indonesia, Singapore, the United States. I joined Lippo’s digital arm Lippo X in 2017 when they planned to build a fintech platform that we know today as Ovo. I was the third overall employee at Ovo and I was responsible for leading sales and operations activities in the company.
Kr: What was your most memorable achievement at Ovo and why did you decide to leave the company when it is on the rise?
Wi: As one of the founding members, I am very proud of the company’s achievements. Ovo was my first venture in the digital sector and I had to work and study extra hard to be able to master this field in a short time. Starting from zero, Ovo is now one of the largest digital payment platforms in Indonesia, and it took less than two years. Of course, it was the entire team’s achievement and I’m happy that I was part of it.
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