Domino’s Pizza has this morning confirmed the appointment of Lance Batchelor, currently a non-executive of the company, as deputy chief executive. Previously chief executive of Tesco Telecoms, Batchelor will assume his executive responsibilities on 27 June 2011 and eventually succeed Domino’s chief executive Chris Moore. Batchelor has previously held senior roles at Vodafone Group, and Procter & Gamble. His first career was in the Royal Navy as a Submarine Warfare Officer, after which he completed his MBA at Harvard Business School. Lance is also a director of Dunnhumby. Stephen Hemsley, non-executive chairman of Domino's, said: "We are delighted to welcome Lance to the executive team after a period as a non-executive director. "During this period we have got to know him and he has gained a good insight into the business. As a growing FTSE250 company, we take our succession planning very seriously and, while Chris is remaining as chief executive until at least 2012, Lance's appointment will help to facilitate an orderly handover from Chris when the time is right." Moore said: "Since his arrival, Lance has proved to be an excellent non-executive director and has been getting to grips with the finer details of the Domino's operation. He has enormous experience in building online businesses and his depth of knowledge in a variety of areas will be a real asset to the company."