Monro Inc. has added two executives to its leadership team. Jerry Alessia, who spent a dozen years working for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., will serve as senior vice president of tire merchandising. Avi Dasgupta has been appointed vice president of information technology infrastructure and data architecture.

The appointments are effective immediately.

Alessia will oversee Monro’s tire merchandising operation as the company says it is working "to optimize its tire assortment." He comes to Monro with more than 27 years of industry experience at large, national retailers. In his 12 years at Goodyear, he served in a number of roles focusing on retail store management, best practices, category management and strategic pricing administration. Most recently, he worked as general manager of multi-category retailers and business development, where he was in charge of the creation and execution of strategies for new business prospects and several key corporate accounts.

Prior to Goodyear, Alessia held numerous roles at Sears Holdings Corp., including director of customer care and operations. He will report to CEO and President Brett Ponton.

He holds a master's degree in human resource management and development from the National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University. 

Dasgupta will oversee the expansion of Monro’s IT infrastructure and data capabilities, supporting a number of the company's "Monro.Forward initiatives" that will be rolled out in the coming months. Dasgupta joins Monro with more than 25 years of IT experience at companies including Constellation Brands and Xerox Corp.

Dasgupta brings expertise in delivering large-scale IT solutions for business transformation initiatives through on-premise and cloud technologies. Most recently, he served as the vice president of application delivery at Constellation Brands, where he led strategy development and execution of business transformation programs in the wine and spirits operations division. Prior to Constellation Brands, Dasgupta was a director of project management at Xerox Corp., and was responsible for overseeing the execution of large transformational programs, including the successful rollout of a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art device connectivity program.

He holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in competitive strategy from the University of Rochester, Simon School of Business, a master’s degree in computer science from the College of William & Mary and a Bachelor’s degree from Jadavpur University. He will report to Brian D’Ambrosia, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer.

Ponton says, “These appointments are great additions to our leadership team as we continue to focus on optimizing our tire strategy and investing in technology to support our Monro.Forward initiatives.”

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