Former Hankook executive Shawn Denlein has taken over as senior vice president of tire merchandising for Monro Muffler Brake.

Former Hankook executive Shawn Denlein has taken over as senior vice president of tire merchandising for Monro Muffler Brake.

Shawn Denlein was scheduled to leave Hankook Tire America Corp. effective March 3, 2017. That date was moved up when he joined Monro Muffler Brake Inc. as senior vice president of tire merchandising.

In this capacity, Denlein will report to John Van Heel, the company’s CEO and president.

"His extensive experience and knowledge of our industry will benefit Monro significantly," said Heel about Denlein. "In particular, his experience in developing successful programs and proprietary brands for tire manufacturers that address retail, commercial and wholesale channels will complement our deep internal expertise in retail purchasing and distribution.

"Also, his leadership and working style will fit right in at Monro as we continue to grow our company and the career opportunities for all of our employees.”

Prior to joining Monro, Denlein was senior vice president at Hankook. Prior to Hankook, Denlein held various sales positions at Yokohama Tire Corp., including director of consumer sales for the U.S.

"I am excited to join the Monro organization, which has established a very successful growth strategy with proven results," said Denlein. "I am looking forward to applying the knowledge gained over my career in the tire industry to help drive the continued growth and profitability of Monro."

Denlein succeeds Joe Tomarchio in this role. Tomarchio will continue to work with Monro,
primarily on the continuation of the company’s ongoing and successful acquisition activities.

Monro Muffler Brake operates a chain of stores providing automotive undercar repair and tire services in the U.S. It operates under the following brand names: Monro Muffler Brake and Service, Mr. Tire, Tread Quarters Discount Tires, Autotire, Tire Warehouse, Tire Barn, Ken Towery’s Tire and Auto Care, The Tire Choice and Car-X. The company currently operates 1,100 company stores in 26 states and is the franchisor of 127 Car-X stores in nine states.

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