New CEO and new HQ for Domino’s Pizza
Lance Batchelor has taken over from Chris Moore as Chief Executive Officer for Domino’s Pizza. This change in management is effective from today [Monday, December 26].
Lance brings with him a breadth of experience from fast moving consumer brands such as Amazon.com, Vodafone and Tesco. He joined the Domino’s PLC Board of Directors in July 2010 then became Deputy Chief Executive in June 2011, so he has been part of the Domino’s story for 18 months. Lance has spent the last six months working alongside Chris Moore to become familiar with everything Domino’s, including the detailed operations of the business. He attended Domino’s own Franchise Development Course, the challenging three-week training course for new franchisees, which covers all aspects of running a Domino’s Pizza store. Lance fully immersed himself into the fine art of pizza-making as well as getting to grips with running the Company from the floor up. He has spent much of his time getting to know the franchisees and the head office team members and has been familiarising himself with the brand and its history.
Lance Batchelor said: “It is a great privilege to take over as CEO for Domino’s Pizza PLC. Domino’s has a very simple winning formula: we provide our customers with fresh, tasty, hot pizza in as quick a time as possible. I am looking forward to driving growth, contributing new ideas and developing new concepts for the business. Domino’s has earned an excellent reputation as the UK’s leading pizza delivery company and I intend to keep us there. In tough times the best companies thrive, and Domino’s is well positioned for growth.”
Also a change for Domino’s is that the Company’s head office team moved into a new, state of the art office in December. Domino’s eye-catching new headquarters is located at West Ashland in Milton Keynes. It sits alongside the company’s recently constructed commissary facility, which opened in July 2010.
The company outgrew its previous office facilities which were based in Kingston, Milton Keynes. The new building comprises 2170m2 office space, set over three main floors with a lower ground floor main entrance, striking reception area and a penthouse board room. The building also contains a test kitchen where Domino’s development ideas come to life and exciting new products are created for addition to the menu.
The Buckingham Group was commissioned to design and build this new head office, which is phase two of Domino’s move to West Ashland. The new offices and commissary are designed to support Domino’s expansion plans and its goal of 1200 stores in the UK & Ireland by 2021.
Like the commissary building, this new office has been built to BREEAM standards (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) and has been given a rating of excellent. The BREEAM environmental assessment aims to minimise environmental impact by ensuring sustainable best practices are in place, helping to lower costs through efficiency.
To achieve the BREEAM rating of excellent it is not just technical aspects of the building that are considered, the rating also includes key aspects designed to improve health, wellbeing and general comfort to its users.
The building utilises modern mechanical heating and cooling systems, fully integrated with natural green ventilation systems. These systems, that will enhance the building’s energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, are controlled through an intelligent, direct, digitally-controlled building management system. It also contains and internal bicycle storage facility to encourage employees to bring their bike to work.
Lance Batchelor, Chief Executive Officer for Domino’s Pizza commented: “This impressive new building will ensure that we are prepared for future growth and allows us to better service all our franchisees and stores. It’s an inspiring working environment for our employees.”
Tim Brown, Director of Buckingham Group, said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity by Domino’s Pizza to design and construct its new headquarters building. We have worked closely with the Domino’s team to convert the stylish contemporary design concept into an impressive landmark building, of which we are justifiably proud.”