July 23, 2017

Just Eat suffers second exec loss in a month as chair takes medical leave of absence

Just Eat new logo unveiled in September of 2016
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Just Eat is in the middle of a £240m deal to acquire rival Hungry House Online food ordering business Just Eat has suffered a second senior departure in a month after its executive chairman John Hughes said he had to take a medical leave of absence.

Mr Hughes has been the company’s chairman for six years but only became an executive chair at the end of March when the group’s chief executive David Buttress stood down at the end of last month because of “urgent family matters”.

In Mr Hughes’ absence, which is being taken to “undergo treatment for a medical condition”, Just Eat said Paul Harrison, chief financial officer, would take on his executive duties as interim CEO. Meanwhile Andrew Griffith, who is senior independent director, will act as non-executive chairman.

The shuffle comes at a busy time for the company, which is in the middle of a £240m deal to acquire rival Hungry House, which it announced at the end of last year.

The Competition and Markets Authority accepted comments from interested parties between March 10 and March 24 and is set to make a decision by May 10 about whether it needs to investigate the proposed merger further and potentially […]

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