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.
Matthew Evan NaylorChief Operating Officer
Matthew E. Naylor was appointed to serve as Chief Operating Officer in March 2018. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Naylor served as Vice President of Sales and Operations at Murphy USA, a national gas station and convenience store chain, from May 2017 to March 2018. He also held various operational leadership roles during a 10-year tenure at Target Corporation, including as Group Vice President from March 2014 to May 2017. Mr. Naylor served in various field and store support center roles at Home Depot from January 2004 to February 2007. Previously, he served in the U.S. Army for 13 years, including 12 months in Iraq.
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 – Tire Merchandising
Gerald G. Alessia was appointed to serve as Senior Vice President – Tire Merchandising in July 2018. Previously, 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.
Samuel SenukDivisional Vice President – Store Operations
Samuel Senuk is Monro’s longest serving member of senior management. He has been Divisional Vice President – Store Operations since April 2017. From August 2016 through March 2017, Mr. Senuk was a Senior Zone Manager supervising several zones. Prior to that, he served as Divisional Vice President at TBC Corporation, from August 2013 through July 2016. Previously, Mr. Senuk was as a Zone Manager with Monro, from October 2000 through July 2013, and a Market Manager, from May 1996 through September 2000. He has served Monro in various other capacities since 1990.
Russell W. Welsh, Jr.Divisional Vice President – Store Operations
Russell W. Welsh, Jr. has been Divisional Vice President – Store Operations since August 2018. From July 2016 to August 2018, Mr. Welsh was a Senior Zone Manager supervising several zones, and prior to that, a Zone and Senior Market Manager. Mr. Welsh joined Monro in September 2014. Previously, he served 25 years with Pep Boys, including as Assistant Vice President of Service and Tire Centers, from August 2009 to August 2014, Director of Training, from February 2008 to October 2009, and Area Director, from March 1998 to October 2007.
Paul BarattaVice President – Real Estate
Paul Baratta was appointed to service as Vice President – Real Estate in August 2017, after his tenure as Director of Real Estate from July 2014. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Baratta was Senior Director of Franchise Expansion and Real Estate Development for di’lishi frozen yogurt bar, Inc. He spent nine years previously in the auto service industry, including as Senior Director of Finance Operations – Vice President Econo Lube Operations and Director of Property Management for Driven Brands.
Jeffrey L. CampbellVice President - Parts Merchandising, Distribution and Indirect Procurement
Jeffrey L. Campbell joined Monro in May of 2015 as Vice President – Parts Merchandising and Logistics. In addition to Merchandising and Logistics responsibilities Mr. Campbell led the onboarding and strategic expansion of Monro’s recently acquired wholesale distribution brand, Tires Now. He currently serves as Vice President – Parts Merchandising, Distribution and Indirect Procurement. Mr. Campbell came to Monro after 20 years with Sears Automotive where he oversaw Merchandising for Tires, Parts and DieHard batteries. Prior to Merchandising he held various field management positions for Sears Automotive and store formats previously owned by Sears; NTB, NTW and Tire America.
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.
Shane L. NickersonVice President – Human Resources
Shane L. Nickerson joined Monro in June 2015 and was appointed to serve as Vice President – Human Resources in December 2017. Previously, Mr. Nickerson was Monro’s Human Resources Director and Senior Director of Human Resources. Prior to that, he served in various human resources capacities at Exelis Inc. (later acquired by Harris Corporation), from 2011 to 2015, including compensation, benefits, human resources information systems, and senior human resources business partner. He began his career in 1999 at Aon Hewitt as a benefits analyst and progressed to become a senior manager. At Aon Hewitt he consulted with several Fortune 500 clients on their benefit administration and plan designs.