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Just Eat brings ex-Uber Eats Europe boss onto board

Jambu Palaniappan was formerly head of Uber Eats’ for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Just Eat will now be able to tap into his knowledge
Jambu Palaniappan
Just Eat is facing severe competition from the likes of Uber Eats and Deliveroo

Just Eat PLC (LON:JE.) has hired Uber Eats’ former boss for Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EMEA) as a new non-executive director amid an intense battle for supremacy in the food delivery market.

Jambu Palaniappan, who is currently executive-in-residence at tech investment group Atomico, joins the board today (Monday).

He was previously the Head of Uber Eats for EMEA, taking the business from its creation to more than 70 cities across the region.

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“I am delighted to announce Jambu's appointment to the board of Just Eat as non-executive director,” said Just Eat chairman Mike Evans.

“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.”

Palaniappan joins Just Eat at a time when the online takeaway marketplace is facing growing competition from the likes of Uber Eats and Deliveroo.

In response, the FTSE 100 group has been rolling out its own delivery service and hiked its marketing spend.

Just Eat shares were down 0.2% to 27.2p on Monday morning.

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