Mike Jackson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of AutoNation, Inc. created a more customer focused, transparent and contemporary business model for automotive retailing. Under his leadership, AutoNation has been the largest automotive retailer for 19 consecutive years, selling nearly 12 million vehicles, the only retailer to accomplish such a feat. He has been widely recognized in the automotive world by both his peers and the press.
Mike Jackson is one of very few executives to lead both an automotive retail company and an automaker’s U.S. sales operations. Previously, Mr. Jackson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz USA that oversaw the German automaker’s U.S. sales operation. In that role, he helped create the vision and direction that led to the luxury vehicle brand’s revitalization in America. He also has served as chairman of the Mercedes-Benz National Dealer Council.
Mr. Jackson’s leadership on the future of the U.S. automotive retail industry, has made a significant and lastingimpact on the industry. His business acumen has been recognized beyond the automotive industry withhis service to the Federal Reserve Bank and recent appointment as Chairman of the FederalReserve Bank of Atlanta, responsible for the Southeast United States.
Mr. Jackson is not just setting milestones in the automotive industry but in the community at large as well. In 2013, Mr. Jackson decided that AutoNation would commit its charitable resources toward driving out cancer.Through its Drive Pink Initiative, AutoNation has raised more than $13 Million to fund cancer related charities.AutoNation was named one of America’s top 100 Corporate Citizens by Forbes Magazine and Just Capital due to its commitments to community well-being and its fight against cancer.