Monro Muffler Brake has announced a long-planned management succession. John Van Heel, currently serving as president, will be appointed CEO effective Oct. 1. Rob Gross, the current chairman and CEO, will be appointed executive chairman of the board.
Under this new structure, Gross will continue to serve Monro on a half-time basis with a focus on strategy, acquisitions and investor relations. Gross has served as chairman of the company since 2007 and as chief executive since 1999.
Van Heel has served as president since 2008. He joined Monro in 2002 as vice president of finance and was promoted to senior vice president of store support in 2005. A little more than a year later, Van Heel was named executive vice president and chief administrative officer
As president, Van Heel has had responsibility for merchandising, marketing, customer service, real estate, training, acquisitions, distribution and facilities. And, over the past several years, he has developed the company’s operating strategy with the field management team. Van Heel also has led Monro’s acquisition efforts, including finding, analyzing, negotiating and integrating acquired companies. He also worked with Monro’s team to establish the company’s direct import program and had a hand in moving Monro’s advertising to a more Internet-based approach.
“We have been planning this transition internally for some time and are confident that it will be seamless,” Gross said. “John and I have worked together closely for nearly 10 years, and he has been instrumental in helping to build the Monro business over the years. We are aligned on the company’s business strategies and objectives, and share a common vision for the future of Monro.”