Monro did not elaborate on Mr. Van Heel's reasons for leaving but stressed that it comes at a critical time in the company's development.
"Monro is very pleased to welcome Brett Ponton as its next president and CEO," newly named Monro Chairman Robert Mellor said. "His deep industry expertise and contacts, his success running both franchise and company-operated automotive service and tire stores and his proven leadership skills will help accelerate Monro's successful acquisition strategy. He is the right person to lead Monro at this stage in its growth."
Since August 2013, Mr. Ponton has been CEO and president of American Driveline Systems Inc., which owns AAMCO Transmissions Inc., Cottman Transmission Systems L.L.C. and Global Powertrain Systems L.L.C. He also served on its board of directors. Under his leadership, the group staged a financial recovery, which led to its being sold to Transom Capital Group.
Prior to joining American Driveline, he was president and CEO of Heartland Automotive, the largest operator of Jiffy Lube stores in North America. Prior to joining Heartland in 2009, Mr. Ponton was managing director for the Asia-Pacific region for Veyance Technologies, Goodyear's former engineered rubber products business.
Prior to that he spent 16 years at Goodyear, rising from a summer laborer and, later, an accounting intern to vice president of marketing for the North America tire division.
Prior to that he managed more than 800 Goodyear retail locations and 8,000 employees.