NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Shawn Denlein, Hankook Tire America Corp.'s senior vice president of sales, is leaving the company March 3 to take a position with Monro Muffler Brake Inc.
In a statement, Hankook noted that Denlein "has been instrumental in leading the sales organization and continuing the growth of Hankook Tire."
Hankook's sales in North America grew more than 25 percent during the four years Denlein was with the company, which last year relocated its headquarters to Nashville from Wayne, N.J., to be closer to the tire factory being built in Clarksville, Tenn.
Denlein joined Hankook in October 2012 after a four-year stay with Yokohama Tire Corp. as director of sales.
In all he has 21-plus years' experience in the tire industry.
And it was that experience that appealed to Monro, which hired Denlein as senior vice president of tire merchandising, succeeding Joe Tomarchio in that position.
"In particular (Denlein's) experience in developing successful programs and proprietary brands for tire manufacturers that address retail, commercial and wholesale channels will complement our deep internal expertise in retail purchasing and distribution," Monro President and CEO John Van Heel said in a statement. "Also, his leadership and working style will fit right in at Monro as we continue to grow our company and the career opportunities for all of our employees."
Monro said Tomarchio will continue to work with the company in the area of acquisitions.