Domino’s Pizza Group has paid tribute to its chief financial officer, David Bauernfeind, who died in a ‘tragic accident’ while on holiday over Christmas.
The 51-year-old is understood to have got into difficulties while snorkelling in Mauritius on Boxing Day.
Reports suggest local police are treating the death as a drowning and an investigation is underway.
Domino’s said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened” to learn of the tragedy, which occurred while Mr Bauernfeind was on vacation with his family.
Domino’s CEO David Wild said: “We are all deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news. 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.”
Mr Bauernfeind had been working for Domino’s for just over a year following a two-month trial period. He previously served as CFO at newspaper and magazine distributor Connect Group.
Mr Wild had described him as a “perfect match” for Domino’s fast-moving culture when he joined the company due to his experience with growing and successful listed businesses.
Domino’s opened its first UK store in 1985 and now operates more than 1,000 stores across the country. Last year, it sold almost 90 million freshly handcrafted pizzas, including over seven million of its popular Pepperoni Passion pizzas.