Don Meij

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Don Meij
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BornDonald Jeffrey Meij
(1968-12-27) 27 December 1968 (age 49)
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
ResidenceBrisbane, Australia
OccupationCEO and managing director of domino's pizza enterprises
Years active2002–present

Donald Jeffrey Meij (born 27 December 1968) is an Australian business entrepreneur and the Group chief executive officer and managing director of Domino's Pizza Enterprises (Domino's). Meij has been in the pizza industry since 1987, commencing his career as a delivery driver for Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza in Brisbane's north east suburb, Redcliffe.[1]

Meij was inspired by the pizza industry when in 1993, Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza purchased Domino's in Australia and he soon became the General Manager.[2]

In May 2005, Meij led Domino's to become Australia's first publicly-listed pizza chain on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

Domino's CEO Don Meij has admitted up to 2400 of the pizza chain's staff were underpaid while blasting whistleblowing former franchisees as blackmailing "criminals".[3]

Early life[edit]

Meij, the middle child, was born in Rockhampton and grew up in Papua New Guinea for five years, then lived in north QLD for five years before his family moved to Brisbane. He was raised in Brisbane along with two sisters. Meij attended Clontarf Beach High school in Queensland and studied to be a teacher at the Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove Campus from 1987–1989 whilst working as a pizza delivery driver at Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza. He eventually left tertiary studies to pursue a career in the pizza industry.[4]

Career[edit]

After working as a delivery driver for Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza in 1987, Meij was promoted to Store Manager in 1989. From 1991 to 1993, Meij climbed the corporate ladder, progressing from Area and State Operations Manager to Director of National Operations. In 1993, Silvio's Dial-a-Pizza acquired Domino's in Australia and Meij became general manager.[5]

Meij became a Domino's franchisee in 1996, building a network of 17 stores. In 2001, he sold his stores to Domino's Pizza Enterprises Ltd for 12.5% equity in the company. He became Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive Officer in 2002.[6]

In May 2005, Meij led Domino's to become Australia's first publicly-listed pizza chain on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).[7] In 2013, Domino's acquired 75% of Domino's Japan and Meij made Australia's top CEO list.[8]

Meij has starred as a recurring character on the Aunty Donna podcast, where he is portrayed by Zachary Ruane.

Awards[edit]

  • Brisbane Lord Mayor's Channel 7 Business Person of the Year Awards 2015[9]
  • The Ernst & Young Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year – 2004,[10] and 2012
  • Included in Top 10 Australian CEOs list – 2013[11]
  • Lord Mayor's Business Award for Digital Champion – 2013[12]
  • Included in top 10 list of CEOs who deliver – 2015[13]
  • DPE first runner up in the Ferrier Hodgson Retail Growth Awards – 2015[14]

Personal life[edit]

Meij is married to his wife Jenny and resides between Aspen, Colorado and Brisbane, Queensland.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don Meij – The Journey". Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ "The Facts" (PDF). Domino's Pizza Enterprises. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/dominos-ceo-don-meij-slams-whistleblowing-franchisees-20170215-gue5r4.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "CEOs Who Deliver" (PDF). Boss Magazine. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Don Meij – In the News". Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Five Steps to Becoming a Rich Boss" (PDF). Business Review Weekly. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  7. ^ "CEO Q&A: Delivering on Growth" (PDF). Smart Investor. 1 February 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Don Meij – The Journey". Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Lord Mayor's Business Awards 2015 – Channel 7 Business Person of the Year". Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  10. ^ "The Ernst & Young Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year – 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  11. ^ "CEOs Who Deliver" (PDF). Boss Magazine. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  12. ^ "2013 Lord Mayor's Business Awards Winners". Retrieved 22 June 2015.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "CEOs Who Deliver 2015: The Age of the Founders". Australian Financial Review. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Domino's Pizza" (PDF). Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Don Meij – Commonly Asked Questions". Retrieved 22 June 2015.