Based out of the Netherlands again in 2010, Fairphone has got down to differentiate from different smartphone makers by specializing in sustainability and decreasing its environmental footprint — this consists of making its gadgets modular and thus simpler to exchange elements and minimizing its use of battle minerals. The corporate has additionally expanded into tangential merchandise together with headphones and equipment, and has raised round $94 million in funding, together with a $53 million tranche simply give months in the past.
Gouwens joined Fairphone first as managing director in 2017, earlier than changing the corporate’s founder Bas van Abel the next 12 months as CEO.
Quoting former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Gouwens indicated that her purpose for stepping down was merely to her operating out of steam: “I do know what this job takes, and I do know I now not have sufficient within the tank to do it justice. It’s so simple as that.”
On the time of writing, it seems that Fairphone has not but discovered a successor, with immediately’s announcement signalling the beginning of a search course of to search out the corporate’s subsequent CEO.
“Now I do know it’s the proper time for me to search out somebody like-minded but contemporary to take my place,” Gouwens mentioned. “Somebody who understands Fairphone’s mission and imaginative and prescient. Somebody who can assist Fairphone scale even higher heights.”