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Fast Food Franchising Vet Tapped To Lead Meineke Car Care Centers

With new leadership atop Driven Brands (its parent company), Meineke Car Care Centers is experiencing a leadership shift of its own. Out atop Meineke is Keenan Moran, who has served as its president since 2008. In is Paul Clayton, a franchising veteran, who will take over as the company’s new president Oct. 15.

Clayton comes to Meineke with 28 years of franchising experience, having spent eight years as CEO of Jamba Juice and building the company into a nationally recognized brand. He also spent 16 years with Burger King in a variety of executive leadership roles, including president of North America, senior vice president of worldwide marketing and vice president of U.S. marketing.

It’s that time with Burger King that’s especially noteworthy. That’s because Clayton’s new boss (Driven Brands president and CEO Jonathan Fitzpatrick) also came to the automotive aftermarket from Burger King. For the seven years prior to joining Driven Brands, Fitzpatrick served as an executive vice president, as well as chief brand and operations officer, of the fast food giant.

Fitzpatrick became the leader of Driven Brands earlier this year, following the retirement of then-CEO Ken Walker. Walker had run Driven Brands — and, before that, Meineke — for the previous 16 years. He joined Meineke as president and CEO in 1996 after serving nearly four years as the president and CEO of Parts Inc.

Walker’s exit from Driven Brands came months after the Harvest Partners private equity firm acquired the company.

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