Gozem appoints Othmane Bouhlal, co-founder of French ride-hailing firm Chauffeur-Privé’s to its board


Gozem, Africa’s Super App, has appointed Othmane Bouhlal to the advisory board of the company as it prepares to enter new markets and scale its business.

Othmane Bouhlal co-founded Chauffeur-Privé in Paris in 2011, and grew the company to become one of the most successful mobility startups in Europe, leading the company to its 2017 acquisition by Daimler, the German automotive giant. Chauffeur-Prive was rebranded to Kapten in 2019 and then merged with Free Now in 2020.

He will help Gozem’s management align its operations with its targeted growth trajectory.

“I’m pleased and excited to join the Gozem family who has shown an incredible traction in their journey to become Africa’s number one Super App. Their goal is ambitious and challenging and I will support them with the best of my abilities along the way.” said Chauffeur-Privé Co-Founder ​Othmane Bouhlal​.

The addition of Othmane Bouhlal to the advisory board will enable a fast track learning path for Gozem’s management team, and the entire Gozem organization will profit greatly from the experience, best practices, and knowledge Mr. Bouhlal brings to the company.

Gozem is available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, provides transportation, e-commerce and financial services in French-speaking sub-Saharan Africa.

Gozem currently operates in 9 cities in Togo and Benin with more than 400,000 registered users that have completed more than 2 million trips since its launch in November 2018.

“It is an honor for us to welcome Othmane’s commitment as an advisor in the company. His knowledge and past experience in executing a world class mobility startup will be priceless for Gozem and will move the company to the next level” said Gozem Co-Founder Gregory Costamagna.