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DEALER, PUBLICLY HELD: Mike Jackson, CEO, AutoNation Inc.
 
When Jackson, 64, arrived as CEO of AutoNation in late 1999, the young company was planning a national brand rollout.
Jackson killed the idea, saying the then-struggling retailer needed to get its house in order. Jackson can now boast mission accomplished, on both profits and branding.
Starting in February, Jackson led a nationwide rebranding effort, putting the AutoNation moniker on most of its 228 stores. The move was completed by the end of the second quarter.
Under Jackson, AutoNation also has delivered seven consecutive quarters of profits, including four record tallies.