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SkipTheDishes names new CEO

Paul Burns, incoming SkipTheDishes CEO

Winnipeg’s SkipTheDishes announced on Dec. 5 that Paul Burns will join the company as CEO.

Burns will replace interim CEO Steve Puchala, who took over the role after the departure of previous CEO Howard Migdal in April 2023. Migdal left for U.S.-based sister company Grubhub, becoming CEO and vice president, North America.

“The food delivery industry has vastly changed since Skip’s inception, and we’re seeing customers, couriers and restaurants seek out digital-first and technologically innovative experiences that prioritize ease of use and convenience first and foremost,” said Burns. “As we continue to streamline our efforts and give back time so millions of Canadians can do more of the things they love, I’m looking forward to continuing to lead best-in-class efforts here at Skip and unlocking our full potential as Canada’s homegrown delivery network.”

Burns joins SkipTheDishes from X (formerly Twitter), where he was managing director. Prior to his role at X, Burns worked in positions at Huge, Shaw Communications and Canwest.

Interim CEO Puchala will retire at the end of December.

“Steve’s tenure as Interim CEO has been hallmarked by an emphasis on innovation, exploring and delivering new ways to show up for Skip’s loyal customer base,” said Migdal with the announcement. “He has helped set the stage for the next phase of Skip’s growth under the impressive leadership of Paul Burns, who brings to the table an ambition to continue to trailblaze and take Skip to new heights as both a Canadian and global organization.”

SkipTheDishes and Grubhub are part of Just Eat Take​away​.com, which was formed through the merger of and Just Eat in 2020. Just Eat purchased SkipTheDishes in 2016, and the merged company, Just Eat bought Grubhub in 2021.


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