Just Eat executive chairman John Hughes has died following a short period of medical treatment.

Hughes took a leave of absence from the online food delivery platform towards the end of April.

Just Eat interim chairman Andrew Griffith said: “The thoughts of everyone at Just Eat are with John’s family and friends, and we extend our deepest sympathies to them. John demonstrated exceptional leadership in his role as chairman and was fundamental to the successful development of Just Eat over the past five and a half years.

Griffith added: “Over the past three decades, John has been a leading figure in the international business and technology communities. He held senior executive positions at many of the world’s foremost technology businesses and more recently focused on advising and steering several of the UK’s most successful growth companies.

“As we saw in his work for several businesses and initiatives - public and private, commercial and not-for-profit - he passionately believed in the UK as a place to found, scale and list a company and he inspired a host of entrepreneurs to fulfil their own ambitions. We would like to pay tribute to his extraordinary talents, his many accomplishments, and his outstanding contribution to the business landscape.”

Chief financial officer Paul Harrison took over Hughes’s executive duties as interim chief executive officer ,while senior independent director Griffith stepped in as non-executive chairman for the period.