AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson, who this year defied both the National Automobile Dealers Association and TrueCar Inc., will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 12.
In October, Jackson told Automotive News that he and NADA were "on two different planets" over the issue of restricting sales of recalled vehicles. The comments came after AutoNation instituted a policy barring its dealerships from selling any vehicle with a pending recall until it's repaired. The policy, seen by NADA as too onerous, goes a step further than federal laws.
Over the summer, the outspoken executive took on TrueCar and its then-CEO Scott Painter in a public dispute over sharing of transaction data. The dispute culminated in AutoNation and TrueCar severing their relationship. A month later, amid an earnings setback, Painter announced his resignation.
In recent years, Jackson, 66, has led AutoNation through a rebranding effort that stamped the AutoNation name on most of its more than 200 dealerships and a digital storefront initiative that enables an auto purchase to be completed largely online.
Before joining AutoNation in 1999, Jackson was CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.