100 Next-Era CEOs in Asia 2014 -The region's best brightest, most promising-

Mai Linh Group

CEO & President  Ho Huy

1955
Birthplace
Vietnam
Message to young people
Devote yourself with purpose and in earnest to academics while you are young. Think about how you will be able to bring profit to people’s lives and peace to your country. I want young people to eliminate war and to live happily, pondering over the concept of peace as the happiest thing.

I grew up in a patriotic family and, especially inspired by my grandfather, who was an educator, I had a vibrant patriotism in my mind. Upon graduating from high school, I joined the armed forces. From then on, I became conscious of how I could contribute to my country.

I went to Russia and entered an automobile equipment school to study the technologies of advanced countries. After graduation, I returned to Vietnam and worked for a government-managed automobile equipment company, where I also served as a Russian interpreter.

For a training course on labor management, I went to Czechoslovakia, where I saw convenient services such as buses and taxis for the first time in my life. There were no such services in Vietnam in those days. That experience led me to start a transportation business.

Initially, I had cash flow difficulties and there weren't many experienced businesspeople in postwar Vietnam, so I focused on cultivating human resources.

The goal that we at Mai Linh Group pursue is to be the No. 1 transportation business in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The number of vehicles that we have is around 10,000. I would like to double or triple this number over the next five years.

Company Profile

Name
Mai Linh Group
Headquarters
Vietnam
1993
employees
27,000
business
Transportation and tourism
url
http://www.mailinh.vn/Web/Default.aspx?lang=vi-VN