Abby Hunt: The Innovation 50

PR director, GrubHub

Abby Hunt heads up communications for Chicago-based online food service GrubHub. She started her PR career at Edelman and has a range of experience under her belt, working at CKPR, higher education brand Kaplan and online travel service Orbitz. She joined GrubHub from Interpublic’s Golin three years ago, and during this period GrubHub has undergone significant change.

GrubHub started out in 2004 as a simple restaurant listings site and has continued to evolve with its customers' needs, morphing into the multiplatform food ordering service it is today. Last year, it merged with its New York rival Seamless, and in April GrubHub Seamless went public. In 2013, GrubHub processed $1.3 billion in food orders, a fraction of the predicted $60 billion Americans spend on takeouts from independent restaurants every year, according to Reuters. But there is still plenty of room for competition in the sector, and reports suggest Amazon plans to eat GrubHub's lunch with a soon-to-launch rival service.

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