Zava: David Buttress and Roy Blanga

European digital healthcare provider Zava has appointed former chief executive of Just Eat David Buttress as its chair and Roy Blanga, former chief operating officer of Deliveroo, as a board member.

Buttress spent 11 years at Just Eat, launching the business in 2006, and was appointed chief executive in January 2013.

Blanga oversaw Deliveroo’s rapid scale up and international expansion. Prior to that he led e-commerce marketplace Groupon’s largest international region. He is an active investor and advisor to several start-ups

London-based Zava is a large digital healthcare company offering access to healthcare consultations, testing and prescribed treatments from GPs. Operating in France, Germany, Ireland and the UK, and with 4.5 million consultations and treatments completed to date, Zava recently secured $32 million in Series A funding.

Zava co-founder and chief executive David Meinertz said: “At Zava our mission is to build healthcare that is accessible, dependable and a fraction of today’s cost. A key component of this is to centre our services around our patients’ needs and preferences. David and Roy both bring a wealth of expertise in this area which is invaluable as we enter the next phase of our growth.

“The pandemic has changed so many aspects of how we live our lives, and it has accelerated the adoption of digital pathways as more patients look for a convenient and safe way to access healthcare. As we look to the future, the role of digital healthcare has never been more important.”

Buttress said: “Zava is entering an exciting phase of its development at a time when there’s a real opportunity for the health tech sector to step up and become an intrinsic part of the way healthcare is delivered. Working to meet consumer needs on their terms is something that I’m very familiar with, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with the team.”

Blanga added: “Zava’s unique model means it is well placed to grow and develop in the current climate. Since launching in 2011 it has gone from tech start-up to an established and trusted healthcare provider, and I’m excited to have a role in driving forward its development further.”

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