Getir’s UK boss Chris Chaaya has exited the business amid a period of uncertainty for the grocery quick delivery firm.
Chaaya was previously UK boss of Gorillas prior to Getir’s £1bn acquisition of its rival last year. Since January 2023, he has lead the firm post-acquisition and was in charge of the integration of the two businesses.
His departure comes amid a round of mass redundancies, with around 300 staff understood to have been laid off.
The quick delivery firm, which promises grocery delivery in around 10 minutes, closed a raft of dark stores last month, including all of its shops in Wales and South West England, alongside stores in Birmingham and London.
It said the closures were due to it “optimising our combined store network with Gorillas”.
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Chaaya, who had led Gorillas since 2021, leaves the business on 1 July to start his own business and will be replaced by Karthik Harith, who was previously general manager of Getir’s German business.
“Karthik will be responsible for the continued growth of Getir in the UK, and will take the lead on strategic development of the company moving forwards,” Getir said.
Prior to leading Getir’s German business, Harith was head of expansion in the firm’s UK business and was integral to its pan-European partnership with Just Eat.
He previously lead the baby and frozen food categories at The Kraft Heinz Company.