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Domino's appoints former cruise line VP and Costa Coffee boss as its new CEO

Lianna Brinded
Head of Yahoo Finance UK
A Domino's Pizza store in Hanwell, London, UK. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Domino’s (DOM.L) has appointed the former senior vice-president of international of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as the pizza delivery chain’s new top boss.

The group said in a statement that Dominic Paul will be chief executive officer designate from 6 April and will join the board as CEO on 1 May, when his predecessor David Wild retires.

"We are delighted to have attracted a CEO of Dominic's calibre, and I'm very much looking forward to working with him,” said Matt Shattock, chairman.

“He is a high energy leader with great experience of driving powerful consumer brands to new heights, and of partnering with franchisees. These are the skills which will be vital as we seek to take this business to the next level.”

Domino’s highlighted how Paul was “highly experienced leader in the consumer sector.” He was the former CEO and managing director of Costa Coffee, overseeing its growth ahead of the £3.9bn ($4.8bn) sale of the business by Whitbread (WTB.L) to Coca-Cola last year.

He was also the senior vice-president of international with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. He has extensive experience in the travel and leisure industry, including senior roles at EasyJet (EZJ.L), British Midland, and British Airways (IAG.L). 

"I am hugely excited to be joining Domino's. It is a much-loved brand with great people and some of the best franchisees in the world, and there is a strong foundation to build on,” said Paul.

“I am confident that we can take the business to the next stage of its development, and build a long term and profitable future for our franchisees, colleagues, customers and shareholders."