David Buttress, chief executive of online takeaway ordering company Just Eat, is to step down from his role due to “urgent family matters”.

Just Eat said they would begin an immediate search to replace Mr Buttress who will leave his position at the end of March after four years in the job. He will continue to serve as non-executive director.

John Hughes, chairman of the company’s board, will take up the position of executive chairman.

Mr Buttress, who joined Just Eat in 2006, said:

It has been a great privilege to work alongside, and then lead, the exceptional team at 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.

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