Jackson said he has been honored to serve AutoNation as CEO for 22 years and has confidence in Manley to lead AutoNation.
“We have built an admired and respected company from coast to coast,” Jackson said in a statement. “I am forever grateful to all associates for our achievements and thank them from the bottom of my heart for all their efforts, especially through the pandemic.”
Manley started in 2000 with DaimlerChrysler where he served as director of network development in the United Kingdom. In 2008, his role shifted to oversee product planning and sales outside of North America and he later served as executive vice president of international sales and global product planning operations. Manley also has led brands, serving as CEO of Jeep and Ram and as COO for the company’s Asia Pacific region.
With Manley’s departure, Stellantis on Tuesday said Mark Stewart, COO of North America and Antonio Filosa, COO of Latin America, will will report directly to CEO Carlos Tavares.
Tavares, in a statement, said Manley was first a competitor but has been a partner, colleague and friend.
“From the very earliest days of our discussions, we shared a truly common vision, belief and commitment and it’s on these solid foundations, built over the past several years, that Stellantis has delivered its impressive early results,” Tavares said in a statement. “So, while I’m personally sorry to no longer have Mike as a colleague, I’m equally delighted for his new CEO role and glad that he will be joining the Board of the Stellantis Foundation.”
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