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Just Eat appoints ex-Uber Eats boss and expansion expert as non-exec

Online food takeaway marketplace Just Eat has named Jambu Palaniappan as a non-executive director.

Palaniappan will start the role today (24 June) and he brings with him several years of experience operating in the online food delivery and technology industries.

The new recruit is executive-in-residence at Atomico, an international technology investment firm, and he previously worked in senior roles at Uber Eats and Uber.

Most recently, Palaniappan was head of Uber Eats for Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), leading the business from its creation to scale in more than 70 cities across the region.

Prior to that strategic role in the online food delivery market he was regional general manager for the Middle East & Africa at Uber, where he oversaw market strategy and operations, and worked with expansion teams to manage entry into new markets.

Commenting on the new board member, Mike Evans, Just Eat chairman, said: "He brings significant expertise in the online food delivery industry, both in terms of technology and customer service, while his experience in market expansion ensures he will add considerable value to our board.

"I look forward to working closely with Jambu as we continue to successfully deliver on our hybrid marketplace strategy."

Just Eat is currently on the hunt for a new CEO after Peter Plumb stepped down from the position at the start of 2019 having spent just 16 months in the job.

Chief commercial officer Peter Duffy is currently in the role on an interim basis, but the former marketing boss at EasyJet, Audi and Barclays has ruled himself out of taking the top job on a full-time, permanent basis.