TO THE EDITOR:
Why isn't Automotive News celebrating AutoNation's hard work and dedication to having the best quarter in the company's history? There is a global pandemic, and you choose to mock AutoNation during a critical time when every enterprise, including yours, is trying to stay safe, healthy and profitable.
The July 27 cartoon was distasteful and disparaging. Instead of expressing empathy for Cheryl Miller stepping down as CEO following her medical leave, you poked fun at AutoNation leadership. No one found it humorous in 2015 when your leader, Keith Crain, was on medical leave! In fact, we hoped for his full recovery.
Did you ever consider we are heartbroken by the loss of Cheryl? A point emphasized by Mike Jackson on a company call, as well as our quarterly earnings call, where he said, "I miss her every day!" Cheryl was one of our own. She worked her entire career to become CEO of AutoNation, the automotive retail industry leader.
Regarding her predecessor: One should admire a Fortune 200 company for recognizing a bad fit quickly and taking appropriate action for the betterment of the company and its shareholders! We applaud the decision made.
Looks like Automotive News hasn't caught the coronavirus but instead has caught the negative political virus! What's next — tweeting at 3 a.m.? Move on and let us get back to work, taking care of those who keep us all in business, our customers.
AUTONATION INC., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., The letter was signed by 127 AutoNation associates.