Just Eat’s boss on the challenge of transitioning from marketer to CEO

Peter Duffy was just seven months into his new role as Just Eat’s first chief commercial officer when he was made interim CEO.

The company was in the middle of a management overhaul and Duffy, who has headed up marketing at EasyJet, Audi and Barclays, was given the top job. However, despite this wealth of experience he says adapting to life as CEO has been a “shock”.

“It’s very different, it’s very busy. I went from starting a job, to doing our results, to running our roadshow for all our major shareholders. It’s just a very different life that you lead versus somebody who is listening to customers and converting that into a set of customer-focused initiatives,” he explains.

Putting consumers at the centre of a company is something Duffy is clearly passionate about. No matter the question his answer nearly always reverts back to this core principle.

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