2 September 2020
Domino's Pizza Group Plc
Natalia Barsegiyan and Lynn Fordham to join the Board and Neil Smith appointed permanent CFO
Domino's Pizza Group Plc ("Domino's" or "the Group") is pleased to announce the appointment of Natalia Barsegiyan and Lynn Fordham to the Board as Independent Non-Executive Directors, with effect from 16 September 2020. Natalia and Lynn will be members of the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit committees. Domino's is also pleased to announce that Neil Smith, currently Interim Chief Financial Officer ("CFO") has been appointed as permanent CFO and will also be joining the Board at the same date.
Natalia retired as CFO of Taco Bell, the $11bn revenue division of Yum! Brands Inc in April 2020. Prior to this role, she was Chief Commercial Officer for Yum! Brands in 2016-2018 and General Manager of Pizza Hut Europe 2013-2016. Natalia joined Yum! Brands Inc in 2006 and has also held senior finance roles across the Yum! portfolio, including as CFO of Pizza Hut UK. Natalia was born in Ukraine, has worked in a wide range of countries throughout her career, and now lives in Paris.
Lynn is currently Managing Partner of private equity firm Larchpoint Capital LLP, a position she has held since 2017. A chartered accountant, Lynn was previously CEO of SVG Capital Plc from 2009 to 2017, having joined SVG as CFO in 2008. Lynn has also held senior finance roles at Barratt Developments Plc, BAA Plc and Boots Plc. Lynn served on the Board of Fuller, Smith & Turner Plc as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee from 2011 to 2018. Lynn lives in London.
Neil Smith joined as Interim CFO on 15 April and is a highly experienced CFO, having most recently served as CFO of Ei Group plc from 2011 until its recent takeover by Stonegate Pub Company. Neil became permanent CFO with effect from 1 September 2020 and will join the Board on 16 September 2020.
Chairman Matt Shattock said "Since joining in March, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the business. Building a world class Board who can help us reach our potential is an important priority, and I am delighted to welcome Natalia and Lynn as Non-Executive Directors. Both have highly relevant experience and impressive track records of value creation. I am also very pleased to welcome Neil to the Board. Neil has built upon the foundations laid by David Bauernfeind, bringing further rigour to the business and is a valued strategic partner to Dominic. These appointments mark an important milestone in the evolution of the Board and I am looking forward to working with them.
"When I joined the business, I said that Domino's had the potential to be an outstanding business, and my conviction in this belief has only strengthened. I have been very impressed with the resilience of our performance through the Covid-19 lockdown period. Since their appointment, Dominic and Neil have made a significant positive impact, bringing leadership and energy to the Group. I firmly believe that we have an opportunity to drive sustainable profitable growth and create an exciting future for the benefit of our people, our franchisees and our shareholders, as well as the customers and communities we are privileged to serve."
Lynn Fordham was a director of Sole Realisation Company plc, formerly known an SVG Capital plc ("Sole Realisation") until 28 June 2017 when Sole Realisation was put into a solvent members voluntary liquidation. No further information is required to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13R in respect of the appointments noted above.
For further information, please contact:
Domino's Pizza Group plc:
Bethany Barnes, Head of Investor Relations - 07387 015695
Tim Danaher, Samantha Chiene - 020 7404 5959
About Domino's Pizza Group
Domino's Pizza Group plc is the UK's leading pizza brand and a major player in the Irish market. We hold the master franchise agreement to own, operate and franchise Domino's stores in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and Liechtenstein. In addition, we have associate investments in the holders of the Domino's master franchise agreements in Germany and Luxembourg.