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Philipp Kandal

Chief Product Officer

Philipp is the Chief Product Officer of Grab, overseeing the Product, Design and Analytics teams. He leads the product vision and strategy for Grab, focusing on delivering products that our consumers, driver- and merchant-partners trust and love. He also leads the Geo business, the vertical that powers location based intelligence and services for Grab.

Philipp joined Grab in 2019 to lead the engineering and data science teams for Geo. Soon, he became the head of the entire Geo organization, managing the business, product and tech functions. Under his leadership, Grab launched its enterprise service GrabMaps to address Southeast Asia’s hyperlocal mapping needs. In 2022, his scope was expanded to oversee the Fulfillment product and tech teams that ensure bookings and orders are efficiently and reliably fulfilled using the ecosystem of Grab’s driver-partner network and marketplace capabilities.

His two decades of experience span across technology, engineering and data science. As an entrepreneur for the early part of his career, Philipp co-founded and was the CTO of Skobbler, which was acquired by Silicon Valley based Telenav, where he served as Senior VP for Engineering in his last role prior to joining Grab. At Telenav, Philipp was a part of the executive team, leading the global engineering team of 400+ members and focused on innovation in the connected car space, delivering solutions to tens of millions of vehicles as well as AI based mapmaking.

Born in Tettnang, Germany, Philipp has a Masters in Business Administration in Global e-Management from University of Cologne (Köln, Germany). He is an alumnus of the NHH Norwegian School of Economics (Bergen, Norway) and UDEM Universidad de Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico).