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Johan Persson

Johan Persson

VP of Culture and Engagement - Engineering Careem


Johan Persson is the Vice President Culture and Engagement at Careem, one of the fastest-growing startups in the Middle East and the leading app-based car booking serving in the region covering close to 100 cities from Morocco to Pakistan.

Founded in 2012 in Dubai, Careem now has a footprint of close to 100 cities across the wider Middle East and some 500,000 Captains signed up to its platform. As a home-grown pioneer of MENA’s technology sector, Careem’s mission is to simplify people’s lives through reliable and affordable urban transport. In the last three years, the company has witnessed strong growth month on month of over 30% across its core markets of the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

Prior to Careem, Johan worked at Al Ghurair Foods (AGF) as Supply Chain Manager and Continuous Improvement Manager. During his three year tenure, he transformed the best business practices at AGF by implementing Lean Management Techniques, encouraging people development, building the organization to learn and grow which lead to faster growth and exemplary business results.

Throughout his career which includes leadership positions such as Improvement Manager, Site Manager, and Lean Champion at Pilkington in Sweden his experience has exposed him to continuously contribute to the development of the industry. He earned his Master in Chemical Engineering (Polymer Science) from the University of Lund, Sweden in 2006; certified trained Black Belt Six Sigma professional from Lund, Sweden in 2006 and trained by direct ‘Toyota Lean Enterprise’ practitioners in London in 2012.

Johan has a constant push and energy for excellence and his experience pushes him to constantly contribute to the development of the industry. Those benefitting from Johan’s fresh perspectives and initiatives will find him a visionary thinker and a team-building champion who delivers technologically unparalleled outside-the-box solutions.

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