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Just Eat appoints new Chief Technology and Product Officer

Just Eat, the takeaway food delivery company, has appointed former Elsevier head of technology strategy Fernando Fanton as its new IT leader, taking over from Carlos Morgado, who spent seven years as CTO.

According to Just Eat, Fanton co-founded a technology start-up and graduated with a computer science degree before joining Microsoft in its Redmond headquarters, where he worked for six years. After undertaking an MBA at Wharton Business School, he joined McKinsey Co as a consultant.

In 2012, he joined Elsevier as its Head of Technology Strategy and then moved on to Mendeley.com in London as Head of Product and Technology, before joining Just Eat.

Fanton began his new role on Monday, and will become a member of Just Eat’s executive committee.

Morgado, who he replaces, is “pursuing other opportunities” after seven years as CTO. Just Eat chief executive David Buttress thanked Morgado for his time at Just Eat, stating that he had played “an incredible role in shaping the business”, adding that his contribution had been “invaluable”. Morgado was ranked 46th in Computing‘s IT Leaders 100 2016.

Buttress did not expand on the shift in role from CTO to CTPO, but it isn’t the first IT leader role in which the ‘product’ element has been added to the job title.

Current News UK CTO Christina Scott was promoted from her CIO role at the Financial Times to a Chief Information and Product Officer (CIPO) role.

She told Computing that it came about because there was a gap between the technology area and the FT’s products, exemplified by the fact that the product teams were positioned within the B2C part of the business – which didn’t make sense when it came to rolling out B2B products.

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