Monro Names Former Target Exec Chief Operating Officer

Monro Names Former Target Exec Chief Operating Officer

Evan Naylor, named Monro Inc.'s chief operating officer, has led teams at Target, Home Depot and Murphy USA to capatalize on growth strategies.
Monro Appalachian Tire acquisition
Monro, Inc. has expanded its presence in Ohio, Kentucky, Virgina and West Virgina with the purchase of Appalachian Tire’s seven full-service retail stores.

Evan Naylor has been appointed to be Monro Inc.’s chief operating officer, effective immediately, the company announced in a press release.

Naylor joins Monro with over two decades of operations management experience developing and implementing enterprise-wide strategies at the corporate and field level for large national retailers, such as Target, and in the U.S. Army. He will oversee all aspects of Monro’s store operations and will be responsible for executing the company’s store-related initiatives, as part of its strategic business transformation. He will report to Brett Ponton, Monro’s president and CEO.

“I am very pleased to welcome Evan to our leadership team,” Ponton said. “He will assume a vital role in our organization as we continue to advance Monro forward… Evan’s significant operational experience in both the private sector and the military, as well as his proven track record of driving positive change, efficiency and growth to large organizations, make him the ideal candidate for this important position.”

Naylor has over 12 years of experience in the private sector overseeing national retail operations with a track record of building high performing teams and driving P&L growth. He most recently served as vice president of sales and operations at Murphy USA, a national gas station and convenience store chain, where he led a multi-billion-dollar revenue business with more than 3,400 employees. Before joining Murphy USA, he held a series of operational leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Target and Home Depot, including as a group vice president at Target, where he was responsible for over $2.5 billion in retail business and 11,000 team members.

Naylor developed strong leadership skills during his time in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of Major. He served in the reserves and in active duty for a combined period of 13 years, including 12 months in Iraq. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Centre College of Kentucky and is expected to complete an Executive M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in June of 2018.

“I am very excited to join Monro and support the Company’s strategic business transformation,” Naylor said. “I look forward to working with senior management to realize their compelling vision for Monro’s future.”

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