New interim CEO for Domino's as Batchelor leaves early

Domino's Pizza Group has announced that David Wild, currently the senior non-executive director of the Company, will be appointed as interim chief executive with immediate effect. He will act in an executive capacity for a temporary period until two months after a new chief executive is appointed.

Stephen Hemsley, non-executive chairman, commented:

I am delighted that David has agreed to step in as Interim Chief Executive whilst we continue our search for a permanent replacement. Since joining as a Non-Exec in November, he has quickly got to grips with the business and I look forward to working with him over the coming months as we continue to progress the Group's exciting growth plans.

The news came as the current chief executive of the take-away pizza chain, Lance Batchelor, plans to leave the FTSE 250 company six weeks earlier than expected.

In December, Lance Batchelor resigned to take up a new role at a private equity backed company and will be leaving for the new job from 30 April.

Batchelor took on the position at Domino's in December 2011 after serving in leading roles at Tesco, Vodaphone and Amazon.