Stellantis in Auburn Hills today announced that Mike Manley will leave the global automaker on Nov. 1 to become CEO of the Florida-based megadealer group AutoNation Inc.
Manley has been head of Americas for Stellantis since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles merged with Groupe PSA in January. Prior to that, Manley was CEO of FCA from July 2018 to December 2020. He joined then DaimlerChrysler in 2000 as director of network development in the United Kingdom.
“After 20 incredible, challenging, and enjoyable years, and with Stellantis performing so strongly under Carlos (Tavares) leadership, the time feels right for me to open a new chapter,” Manley said in a statement. “Working with Carlos to create this extraordinary company, with the constant support of our shareholders, has been a huge privilege both professionally and personally.”
Manley will be replacing Mike Jackson, the long-time CEO of AutoNation, America’s largest automotive retailer.
With Manley’s departure, Mark Stewart, COO for North America, and Antonio Filosa, COO for Latin America, and other top executive team members will report to Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares.
“It’s been my privilege to know Mike first as a competitor, then as a partner and colleague in the creation of Stellantis, but most importantly, always as a friend,” said Tavares in a statement. “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. So, while I’m personally sorry to no longer have Mike as a colleague, I’m equally delighted for his new CEO role and glad that he will be joining the board of the Stellantis Foundation.”