Southeast Asian super app Grab on Friday announced the departure of Nguyen Tuan Anh, CEO of Grab Financial Group Vietnam, after six years of contribution to the development of the ride-hailing firm in the country.
According to a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper source, Nguyen Tuan Anh’s exit from Grab will not affect the ride hailer's operations.
The source also revealed that Anh will take up a new position at another firm to look for new challenges.
Nguyen Tuan Anh was recruited by Grab in 2014, when the ride-hailing firm was finding ways to enter Vietnam’s market and needed a trustworthy Vietnamese partner who understands technology and local users, and dares to take risks.
Anh has since been dubbed a ‘meritorious official’ at Grab, who laid the first bricks for the company’s operations in Vietnam and paved the way for the successful deployment of its ride-hailing services, especially GrabBike.
Moreover, he is also a pioneer in bringing cashless payment solutions to users on Grab through establishing a strategic partnership with Vietnamese fintech firm Moca.
In a letter sent to all partners at Grab upon his departure, Anh said that he still loves Grab like the first day, and will always follow Grab Vietnam's development.
He also expressed his gratitude to Grab Vietnam in particular and Grab in general for giving him the opportunity to contribute to the application of science and technology in Vietnam, and the development of the country's digital economy.
“Being able to work with talented and dedicated colleagues, in an entrepreneurial environment that encourages creativity and experimentation with new things, has helped me become more and more mature, accumulate necessary experiences to conquer many new steps in my career,” Anh said.
“I am very happy to look back on the past journey, where Grab from a rather strange application has become an indispensable super application in everyone’s life,” he added.
“Being part of this journey is an invaluable experience that I will always treasure.”
Earlier this month, Grab also announced the appointment of Nguyen Thai Hai Van, a former Unilever executive, as managing director in Vietnam.
Van is set to officially assume office under the new role on February 1.