Domino's Pizza finance chief dies in holiday accident

Oscar Williams-Grut
Senior City Correspondent, Yahoo Finance UK
The company said Bauernfeind died in 'a tragic accident' on Boxing Day while on holiday with his family. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The chief financial officer of Domino’s Pizza (DOM.L) has died in an accident while on holiday, the company said Friday.

Domino’s Pizza Group said in a statement the company was “deeply saddened” to announce the death of David Bauernfeind. The company said Bauernfeind died in “a tragic accident” on Boxing Day while on holiday with his family. Reuters reported that Bauernfeind, 51, died in a snorkelling accident in Mauritius.

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news,” Domino’s Pizza chief executive David Wild said in a statement.

“On behalf of our Board, our colleagues and our franchisees, we send our heartfelt sympathies to David's wife Nicolette and daughter Ornella as well as his wider family and friends.

"David was hugely liked and deeply respected for his dedication and sharp intellect amongst Domino's colleagues. He was a force for good within the business and will be greatly missed."

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Bauernfeind joined London-listed Domino’s Pizza Group as chief financial officer in October 2018. He had previously been in charge of the finances at Connect Group, a newspaper distribution business.

Bauernfeind was also a non-executive board member at specialist optical manufacturer Gooch & Housego.

Gary Bullard, chairman of Gooch & Housego, said in a statement: "We are very saddened by the loss of David who has played an integral role at Gooch & Housego; his expertise and contribution to the Company will be missed. 

“On a personal front, David was hugely liked by us all and we will miss him sorely. Our thoughts go to his family and loved ones."