Marc Cannon is a member of AutoNation’s Executive Management Team; he is responsible for overseeing the company’s marketing, advertising communications, community affairs, and public policy departments. Marc has more than 30 years of executive-level experience as an automotive industry communications, branding, advertising and public policy professional.
During his tenure with AutoNation, Mr. Cannon has been instrumental in the growth of the company into the country’s largest and most successful automotive retailer with nearly 300 locations. In particular, he supervised AutoNation’s brand launch from coast-to-coast. Marc was an integral part of the executive team that launched AutoNation Express, the company’s industry leading transactional digital platform, which seamlessly integrates the customer’s in store and online experience. Mr. Cannon also spearheads the company’s multi-year mission to raise funds to fight cancer, through the DRV PNK campaign. Marc has successfully positioned the company as the leading voice in automotive retail. Mr. Cannon was instrumental in introducing the Road Runner into AutoNation’s advertising campaign.
Prior to joining AutoNation, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing for Blue Dot Services, a national network of home repair and services contractors. He had previously served as Vice President of Internal Communications for Republic Industries, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and Communications for AutoNation USA, and Vice President of Advertising for Alamo Rent A Car. In his time with Alamo, Marc was part of the team that grew the company from 15 locations to more than 100 locations nationwide, and expanded the company to Europe. He also helped develop the “Where all the miles are free” campaign, a pioneering advertising and operational effort that changed the way vehicles are rented in the United States.
Mr. Cannon has a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the University of Miami. He is a member of the Arthur Page Society, the most distinguished honor society in the communications industry, and he has served on the University of Florida Public Relations Advisory Council. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Automotive Hall of Fame and was honored by Automotive News with the All Stars Award for Public Relations/ Communications, the only recipient from an automotive retailer to be granted this honor.