Fuller’s has appointed Neil Smith as its new finance director.

Smith, who is currently chief financial officer (CFO) at Domino’s Pizza Group, will join the pub and hotel business at a date to be confirmed, but no later than 1 December 2021.

He will also be appointed to the board as of the same date.

Smith has more than a decade’s experience as a FTSE 250 CFO and previous to his role at Domino’s spent nine years as CFO of Ei Group.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC, and held senior financial roles in the retail and telecoms sectors with consumer-facing companies including Compass Group plc, Virgin Media, Telewest Global Inc. and Somerfield plc.

Commenting on his appointment, Smith said: “I am looking forward to joining the Fuller’s team - it is a business I have long respected and admired. I am passionate about pubs and welcome the opportunity to bring my experience to bear with this great company and play my part in the continued development of this iconic business and its future success.”

Fuller’s chairman, Michael Turner, added: “Neil shares our values, will fit well with our culture, and will help our leadership team grow the business as our country emerges from the pandemic. He will be a great asset to Fuller’s, and our board looks forward to working closely with him in the future.”

Domino’s said it will now commence a search process to appoint a successor.

Commenting on his departure, Dominic Paul, chief executive officer, Domino’s Pizza Group, said: “Neil has been a highly valued member of the management team and played a key role in refocusing the Group and bolstering our financial discipline through extraordinary operating conditions.

“We have a clear plan to deliver the future, underpinned by a robust capital allocation philosophy that Neil helped to establish. While I am sorry he is leaving, I understand his decision and look forward to working with him as we search for his successor. We all wish him well.”