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AutoNation Taps Auto Veteran as New CEO

September 21, 2021


AutoNation Inc. said it appointed the former head of Fiat Chrysler as its next chief executive, tapping an auto-industry veteran to steer the nation’s largest publicly traded car-dealership chain out of the pandemic.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company said Tuesday that Mike Manley, currently head of Americas for Stellantis NV, would assume his new role on Nov. 1, succeeding Mike Jackson. Mr. Jackson will retire on the same day after leading AutoNation for over two decades, during which he stood out in a tight-lipped industry for his outspoken personality and willingness to challenge auto makers publicly.

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