Just Eat searching for new CEO after David Buttress announces departure

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Just Eat is on the hunt for a new chief executive after incumbent David Buttress announced he is to stand down from the role at the end of the fourth quarter.

Citing “urgent family matters’, Buttress, who joined the company in March 2006 to help launch the UK business and was appointed as chief executive in 2013.

Buttress oversaw a transition from a disruptive force on the market to a global food ordering service, recently this growth was epitomised with the recent takeover of rivals Hungry House, SkipTheDishes and Foodpanda.

John Hughes, chairman of the board for almost six years, will assume the role of executive chairman, Buttress will also serve a one-year term as a non-executive director.

Buttress said it was a privilege to work alongside, and then lead, the Just Eat, “helping to build the business from the very first restaurant in the UK to the company it is today”.

“I would like to thank the board for their understanding, and I am very pleased that I will be able to continue to play a role in the future of the business as a non-executive director. This has been one of the best jobs in the world, and I wish my successor all the best when they take on the role."

Hughes added: "The board would like to thank David for his outstanding contribution and respects his imminent need to focus on other important matters. David has been an incredible leader and colleague, who has earned the respect and loyalty of all who work with him at Just Eat. David will leave as CEO with the business in excellent health and with an experienced leadership team at the helm."

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