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Lieferando co-founder Jörg Gerbig was released for “misconduct”.

Since Lieferando was sold to Takeaway, Berlin-based Jörg Gerbig has been on the board of directors to this day. The delivery service has initiated internal investigations against him.

Gerbig, 41, was the COO of Just Eat Takeaway.com for many years.

Gerbig, 41, was the COO of Just Eat Takeaway.com for many years.
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Jörg Gerbig was due to be re-elected this Wednesday as a board member and COO of Dutch delivery service Just Eat Takeaway.com. At least until a few hours ago, this was still an item on the agenda of the listed company’s annual general meeting. Instead, the Berliner was released from his board position with immediate effect, as announced Wednesday morning by Just Eat Takeaway.com. He will keep his position as COO. Internal investigations have been launched against Gerbig, founder of the German brand Lieferando.

“The Board of Directors was recently informed of a formal complaint concerning Jörg Gerbig relating to possible personal misconduct at a corporate event,” the note reads. The delivery service points out that “complaints are not related to financial or reporting obligations”. When asked about the reasons for the start-up scene, Lieferando limited himself to referring to the message. Jörg Gerbig could not be reached for comment at short notice.

According to Takeaway, an outside company is investigating the case. If there is no evidence for the allegations after the internal procedure is over, the COO can run for re-election, she says. Lieferando’s founder himself was optimistic about it.

Surprising also the head of the supervisory board

Gerbig co-founded the food delivery service in Berlin Lieferando in 2009 and five years later sold it to Takeaway for 63 million euros. Since then he has acted as COO. Until a year and a half ago, the 41-year-old was also head of the German market.

Longtime supervisory board chairman Adriaan Nühn also announced Wednesday that he will not run for re-election. There has been clear criticism from shareholders in the past because the board of directors is not diverse and the stake has been in the basement for months. Nühn decided to step down so the board could focus on current challenges and ensure shareholder confidence, he said in a statement.

Note: An earlier version of the article stated that Gerbig had also been released from his position as COO.

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