Discount Tire has promoted Dean Muglia, a 31-year veteran of the company, to serve as its new CEO. Michael Zuieback will remain executive chairman of the nation's largest independent tire dealer. Muglia was recruited to Discount Tire by the company's legendary founder, Bruce Halle. First he lead the accounting department, and then later started working with store operations where the company says he "played an integral role in supporting the company's overall performance and cultural integration during periods of steady company growth."
In 2018, Muglia was appointed by Zuieback to serve as chief corporate officer.
As CEO, he'll focus on the company's overall performance, as well as the recruitment, retention and mentorship of Discount Tire leadership; while also "ensuring the tire retailer maintains and exceeds the high standards of service expected by its customers," the company says.
"Dean is the definition of a servant leader," says Zuieback. "He is a critical thinker and clear communicator with an innate ability to develop real solutions that deliver results. Above all else, Dean is passionate about Discount Tire and our people. He truly embodies Mr. Halle's five life lessons: be honest, work hard, have fun, be grateful and pay it forward."
Muglia says, "I look forward to growing with the Discount Tire family and serving our employees and customers with the passion Mr. Halle instilled. This company means everything to me — I'm honored to help lead our remarkable organization to new heights."
He becomes the fifth CEO in Discount Tire's 60-year history, and takes over for Zuieback, who has served as CEO since 2015. The company is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and has more than 1,000-company-owned stores in 35 states, giving it the top spot on the Modern Tire Dealer 100 list of largest independent tire dealers. Discount Tire is part of the Reinalt-Thomas Corp.
For more information, visit www.discounttire.com.