Driven Brands will kick off 2018 with a new leader at the helm of its Paint And Collision division – Chris Kozina, group president, a longtime executive with MillerCoors who brings extensive retail, marketing and management experience to the organization.
Kozina, who joined Driven Brands in the fourth quarter of 2017, is overseeing the CARSTAR North America, Maaco Auto Painting and Collision Repair and Drive N’ Style brands, guiding more than 1,000 franchisees and retail locations in the competitive, evolving collision repair and appearance maintenance industry. He also serves on the Driven Brands’ executive team, reporting to CEO Jonathan Fitzpatrick.
“Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across a variety of functions and businesses, always while building high-performing teams and enduring relationships along the way,” said Fitzpatrick. “His leadership will help us realize our joint ambition in the Paint and Collision division of delivering operational and customer excellence, and accelerating our growth agenda.”
Most recently, Kozina served as president and chief executive of Coors Distributing Co., a division of MillerCoors and parent company MolsonCoors. As head of the company, he delivered record revenue and operating income, growing volume and market share in a flat category. He also served as a director of Coors Distributing Co., including a term as chairman of the board.
Prior to that, he served as MillerCoors senior vice president and chief human resources officer, as well as vice president of marketing, portfolio strategy and market research, and chief of staff to the CEO. He also was part of the executive committee that merged Coors Brewing Co. and Miller Brewing Co. while serving as chief information officer.
Kozina started his career in management consulting, rising to partner at Accenture. He holds a master’s degree in education, globalization and educational policy from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance, investments and banking, real estate and urban land economics from the University of Wisconsin. He also completed the advanced management program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
He currently serves as director and advisory board member for Intelligent Beverages LLC, as an Investment Committee Member for Bascom Ventures and as a director of the University of Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association Board. He was a founding co-member of the University of Wisconsin Accenture Undergraduate Leadership Center board and a director of Marquette University’s STEM advisory board.