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AutoNation Adds Tenured Leaders to Executive Team


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 3, 2022 -- AutoNation, Inc. , America's largest and most admired automotive retailer, today announced that the Company is expanding its Executive Team. Dave Koehler, who currently serves as the Eastern Region President, will be Chief Operating Officer, Non-Franchised Business. Mr. Koehler will oversee AutoNation USA, AutoNation Auto Auctions, and the AutoNation Collision business. Steve Kwak, who currently serves as the Western Region President and AutoNation USA President, will be Chief Operating Officer, Franchised Business. Mr. Kwak will oversee all activities and teams related to the new car franchise operations, manufacturer relations, Customer Financial Services, and After-Sales operations. Mr. Koehler and Mr. Kwak will report directly to AutoNation's CEO Mike Manley.

"Steve and Dave have nearly sixty years of combined automotive experience and both have been with AutoNation for over ten years. They are exceptional leaders whose expertise will continue to support the trajectory and the strategy of AutoNation," said Mike Manley. "With the significant investment, growth plans, and success of AutoNation USA coupled with our opportunity to develop our collision and auction business it is now time to ensure these operating units have the highest level of leadership and focus."

AutoNation has always been at the leading edge of innovation in the automotive retail industry. As the Company continues to expand and develop its business model, it is the appropriate time to restructure business units to reflect AutoNation's forward focus and purpose.

AutoNation will announce replacement Eastern and Western Region Presidents in the near future.  As previously announced, Chief Operating Officer and President, Jim Bender will be leaving the Company on March 4, 2022. Mike Manley commented, "We would like to thank Jim for the leadership and significant contribution he brought to AutoNation for the past twenty-two years."

About AutoNation, Inc.
AutoNation, a provider of personalized transportation services, is driven by innovation and transformation. As one of America's most admired companies, AutoNation delivers a peerless customer experience recognized by data-driven consumer insight leaders, Reputation, and J.D. Power. Through its bold leadership and brand affinity, the AutoNation Brand is synonymous with "DRVPNK" and "What Drives You, Drives Us." AutoNation has a singular focus on personalized transportation services that are easy, transparent, and customer-centric.

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