It’s not the easiest gig in the world being CEO, but Alice Mrongovius relished the chance to take the reins at online food ordering platform Hungryhouse. ‘You’ve always got to be a little bit out of your comfort zone, that’s the fun part,’ she says. ‘That’s when you realise you’re doing something right in your career – it really sharpens your attention and I thrive off that kind of challenge.’
She was appointed to CEO earlier this year, after two years spent as the firm’s marketing director, with a background she describes as ‘pretty diverse’ – she enjoyed everything from programming to media studies when younger and set up a business publishing comic books, before working for a crowdfunding start-up in Germany. When she joined holding company Delivery Hero in 2011, it was a fledgling German start-up and Mrongovius was just its seventh employee. Now it’s a behemoth of a takeaway company, partly thanks to savvy acquisitions, including UK-based Hungryhouse in 2012 and has over 2,500 employees. A funding round last year valued it at $3.1bn (£2.18bn), so it’s fair to say growth has been on a steep trajectory.