CHARLOTTE, NC - (Marketwire - Oct 2, 2012) - Meineke Car Care Centers Inc., a leading provider of franchised automotive repair and maintenance services, today announced the appointment of Paul Clayton, an accomplished franchising executive, as the company's new President.
Clayton brings over 28 years of highly successful franchising experience to Meineke, most notably having spent 8 years as CEO of Jamba Juice and building the company into a nationally recognized brand. Clayton led the growth of Jamba Juice to over 740 US stores and delivered seven consecutive years of positive same-store sales performance. Under Clayton's leadership, Jamba Juice dominated the made-to-order and healthy snack market in 2008 with 19% market share, triple that of their closest competition.
Clayton also spent 16 years at Burger King serving in a variety of executive leadership roles including President of North America, Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Marketing, Vice-President of US Marketing and Vice-President of Northeast Region, among other marketing and operations leadership roles. As President of North America for Burger King, Clayton was responsible for franchise and company operations of more than 8,000 restaurants, new unit development and marketing. Clayton began his career working as a McDonald's restaurant manager in Germany where he learned to appreciate the nature of front line work and the value of focus and day-to-day execution.
"Paul has a track record of successfully implementing sales and brand-building strategies that resulted in significant increases in market share and we are very excited to have Paul's expertise, passion for franchising and vision for growth leading the Meineke brand," said Jonathan Fitzpatrick, President and CEO of Driven Brands, Inc. Driven Brands is the parent of Meineke Car Care Centers, Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting, Econo Lube N' Tune, AutoQual, Aero Colours, Drive N' Style and Tortal.net.
Commenting on his appointment as President of Meineke, Paul Clayton said, "Meineke is a well-known brand and I am excited to be a part of it. I look forward to working with all the franchisees and the Meineke team in an effort to make Meineke the best automotive aftermarket brand and business in the world."
Clayton is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Clayton currently serves on the Board of Directors for Vino Volo and has previously served on the Board of Directors for Jamba Inc., Caribou Coffee and the United Way of Dade County.
Clayton will assume his role as President of Meineke Car Care Centers, Inc. effective October 15th.
Driven Brands (www.drivenbrands.com), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, serves as parent company for the separate businesses: Maaco (a franchise-based collision repair and auto painting retail network) Meineke Car Care Centers (a franchise-based automotive service and repair retail network); Econo Lube & Tune (a franchised chain of automotive repair/quick lube services); a franchised network of mobile services consisting of AutoQual, Aero-Colours & Drive N Style (specializing in automotive interior reconditioning and maintenance, paint refinishing and restyling services for Car Dealerships) and Tortal.net (developer of on-line training solutions for a variety of industries). Management team members serve on the industry association boards, the IFA and AAIA.
Beginning in 1972, Meineke Car Care Centers (www.meineke.com) has expanded its menu of product offerings to meet the demands of a changing marketplace. In 1986, the chain relocated from Houston, TX to Charlotte, NC. Demonstrating steady growth, both domestically and internationally with locations in Canada, Mexico, South Korea, the Mid-East, China and new openings scheduled for Chile and Central America, Meineke now represents over 900 franchised service centers, with an additional 100 licenses sold and in development. The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers recognized Meineke in 2001 as its first automotive industry Franchisor to earn the coveted Fair Franchising Seal. Meineke regularly appears in Entrepreneur Magazine's Annual Franchise 500 (55nd overall and #1 in class for 2011), a list of the 500 best franchise opportunities in America.
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