Domino’s Pizza has paid tribute to a leading executive at one of its largest international businesses after tragedy struck over Christmas.
David Bauernfeind, CFO at Domino’s operations in the UK, died in a ‘tragic accident’ while on holiday over the festive break.
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.
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 businesse