Jackson said he has been honored to serve AutoNation as CEO for 22 years and has confidence in Manley to lead the organization.
“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 was director of network development in the United Kingdom. In 2008, his role shifted to oversee product planning and sales outside North America, and he later was 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 report directly to CEO Carlos Tavares.
But Manley will keep at least one tie to the automaker, joining the board of the Stellantis Foundation.
Tavares, in the Stellantis 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."
AutoNation Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ranks No. 1 on Automotive News' list of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S., retailing 249,654 new vehicles in 2020. It retailed 241,182 used vehicles in the same period, ranking it No. 3 on Automotive News' list of the top 100 used-vehicle retailers.