Sister act: Domino’s Don lures back sibling to beef up leadership

Kerri Hayman, the sister of Domino’s boss Don Meij, has been elevated to the role of chief operating officer for Australia and New Zealand.

May 02, 2023, updated May 03, 2023
Kerri Hayman (left) will return to Austtralia (pic Facebook/Domino's)

Kerri Hayman (left) will return to Austtralia (pic Facebook/Domino's)

Hayman has a long history with the company, starting as a teenage pizza maker in her brother’s store, followed by a rise up through the ranks before she owned 14 stores in the US, which she will now sell to return to Australia.

She has also been a store manager, franchisee, state manager and corporate operations manager for Australia.

Her elevation to the top level of Domino’s executives, came with a shakeup of the ranks. Hayman’s predecessor David Burness would become the Global Culture Coach and would focus on lifting the performance of franchisees and developing the next level of “pizza entrepreneurs”, according to the company.

The company’s Asia Pacific chief executive Josh Kilimnik would grow to include chief executive of Australia-New Zealand for at least the next 12 months. That would mean he would have the CEOs of Japan, Taiwan and the ASEAN markets, including Hayman, would be reporting to him.

“We have a significant opportunity in these markets we will unlock by implementing our business model and proven strategies,” Meij said.

Domino’s is in the middle of a major expansion and expects to have more than 7200 stores by 2033 with each franchisee owning five stores.

Meij said this would require people who were sophisticated and engaged and that was why Burness had been given the role of lifting the franchisee performance. He has twice built multi-unit franchisee businesses in Australia and served a leadership role in Domino’s Netherlands.

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“A key part of his role will be developing this passion in our newly acquired markets, particularly where we intend to begin franchising for the first time,” Meij said.





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