Brett T. PontonPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Brett T. Ponton was named Chief Executive Officer of Monro, Inc. in October 2017. He was appointed to serve as President in August 2017, bringing over 25 years of auto industry and operational turnaround experience to the Company. Mr. Ponton spent over 15 years in executive leadership roles at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and 10 years leading organizations in private equity backed companies.
Most recently Mr. Ponton served as CEO of private equity backed American Driveline Systems, the parent company of AAMCO, where he led a strategic turnaround at the company, leading to a successful sale of the company to private equity sponsor. Prior to A.D.S, Mr. Ponton was CEO of Heartland Automotive, the largest franchise operator of Jiffy Lube locations in North America. He was successful in growing Heartland Jiffy Lube from 390 locations to nearly 600 locations while leading Operational Excellence initiatives, during his tenure, resulting in a successful sale to a private equity buyer.
Previously, Mr. Ponton served as Managing Director, Asia-Pacific of Veyance Technologies, a private equity backed industrial and automotive products manufacturing company, located in Shanghai, China and Melbourne, Australia. While at Goodyear, Mr. Ponton served as Vice President, of Marketing for Goodyear Tires in North America and was also the Vice President & General Manager for Goodyear’s Company-owned Retail Division.
Brian J. D’AmbrosiaExecutive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Brian J. D’Ambrosia was promoted to Executive Vice President in August 2018. In January 2017, Mr. D’Ambrosia was promoted to Senior Vice President – Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and was appointed Assistant Secretary in May 2017. Mr. D’Ambrosia was Vice President – Finance from May 2016 to December 2016. From January 2013 to May 2016, he was Vice President – Controller and was named Chief Accounting Officer in December 2015. From August 2010 to January 2013, Mr. D’Ambrosia, a certified public accountant, was Regional Controller – Americas Process Solutions Group at Robbins & Myers, Inc., a publicly held manufacturer of engineered equipment and systems in the global energy and industrial markets. From August 2005 to July 2010, he held various accounting and finance positions with Birds Eye Foods, Inc., including Controller – Accounting, Reporting and Planning and Controller – Operations Accounting. From September 2003 to August 2005, Mr. D’Ambrosia was Chief Financial Officer at Rochester Sports Group, a company in the sports entertainment industry. Previously, he was an Audit Manager with Deloitte & Touche, LLP, in Rochester, New York, from 1997 to 2003.
Deborah R. BrundageSenior Vice President – Chief Marketing Officer
In October of 2018, Deborah R. Brundage was appointed to serve as Senior Vice President – Chief Marketing Officer. From March 2018 till October 2018, she served as Senior Vice President – Marketing and Merchandising. Ms. Brundage joined the company after more than 16 years of global brand development, marketing and business leadership at Procter & Gamble. During her time with Procter & Gamble, Ms. Brundage led global, multi-channel brand building, marketing and product development programs across a diverse set of consumer products, including Iams® pet food, Gain® laundry detergent and Always Discreet® personal care. Prior to joining Procter & Gamble, from 1996 to 1999, Ms. Brundage worked in the audit practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Avi DasguptaSenior Vice President – Chief Information Officer
Avi Dasgupta joined Monro in July 2018 as Vice President – Information Technology Infrastructure and Data Architecture. In October of 2018, he was promoted to Senior Vice President – Chief Information Officer. Previously, Mr. Dasgupta served as Vice President – Application Delivery at Constellation Brands and earlier, Senior Director of Constellation’s Project Management office. Prior to that, he spent 16 years with Xerox Corporation in a variety of supervisory roles including project and program management, enterprise architecture, and IT delivery.
Gerald G. AlessiaSenior Vice President – Chief Merchandising Officer
Gerald G. Alessia was appointed to serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer in June 2019. He was hired as the Senior Vice President – Tire Merchandising in July 2018. Prior to coming to Monro, Mr. Alessia was a senior manager at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, from 2006 to 2018, most recently as General Manager – Multi-category Retailers & Business Development, overseeing the company’s relationships with key accounts including Monro, Pep Boys, Canadian Tire, Costco, and Sears Holdings. He joined Goodyear as General Manager of their 140-store Just Tires chain. Mr. Alessia later moved to corporate roles at the company, including General Manager – Best Practices and Director of Store Support. He began his career as an auto center manager at Sears, Roebuck & Company, where from 1990 to 2006, he held positions including Manager – Merchandising Implementation, District Manager, Manager of Systems Development, and Director of Customer Care & Operations.
Maureen E. MulhollandSenior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary
Maureen E. Mulholland has been Senior Vice President – General Counsel and Secretary since August 2017. Ms. Mulholland joined the company as General Counsel in October 2003 and was appointed Vice President in May 2012. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Mulholland worked as an associate attorney at the Rochester, NY-based law firms of Underberg & Kessler LLP and Harris Beach, PLLC.
Donna MaxwellChief Human Resources Officer
In August 2019, Donna Maxwell was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer. Donna comes to Monro from O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative in Batavia, New York, where she was Vice President of Human Resources for the past four years. Prior to her tenure at O-AT-KA, she held HR leadership positions with PETCO Animal Supplies, Element K e-learning (now Skillsoft), and Calero Software (formerly, Veramark Technologies).
Jack HeismanVice President – Business Development and Real Estate
Jack Heisman was appointed Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate in September 2018, with responsibility for leading greenfield projects and acquisition strategy. Mr. Heisman joined Monro as corporate counsel in June 2016. Prior to that, he was an associate with the law firms Underberg & Kessler LLP, May 2013 to June 2016, and White & Case, September 2009 to May 2013.
Karla HockVice President- Risk & Safety Management
In June of 2019, Karla Hock was appointed to serve as Vice President- Risk & Safety Management. Ms. Hock joined the company after more than 18 years of experience in the Risk and Safety field. Previously, Ms. Hock served as Vice President of Risk Management at del Lago Resort & Casino and Peninsula Pacific Entertainment, LLC. During her time there, Ms. Hock was responsible for all aspects of safety and risk programs for multiple gaming and casino facilities in New York and Virginia. Prior to that, she spent 9 years as an Area Loss Manager and Safety Manager with Lowe’s Home Improvement and 5 years as an Executive Team Leader – Asset Protection with Target Corporation in Pennsylvania and New York.