The chief financial officer of Domino’s Pizza Group has died in a snorkeling accident, according to reports Friday.
“Our Chief Financial Officer, David Bauernfeind, died in a tragic accident on Thursday, 26th December whilst on holiday with his family,” the UK-based franchise said in a brief statement, without disclosing any further details.
Bauernfeind, 51, who joined Domino’s in 2018 as CFO, died while snorkeling with his wife and daughter in Mauritius, according to the UK’s Mirror.
“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic news,” said the company’s chief executive David Wild. “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.”
Bauernfeind and his family had been staying in the upscale Belle-Mare section of Mauritius since Dec. 19.
“The skipper of a yacht discovered the body floating in a lagoon off Belle-Mare on Thursday morning,” a source told the Mirror.
Bauernfeind’s body was transported to the Victoria Hospital in Candos, where an autopsy took place.
His cause of death was ruled as asphyxiation caused by drowning.
Wild said Bauernfeind 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,” Wild added.
Bauernfeind’s lengthy career as a chartered accountant included recent stints at Gooch & Housego, Connect Group PLC and Xchanging, according to his Linkedin profile.
With Post wires
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