Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
Mike Jackson is AutoNation's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He has served as CEO and as a Director of the Board since September 1999 and Chairman of the Board since January 1, 2003. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, a North American operating unit of DaimlerChrysler AG, a multinational automotive manufacturing company. At Mercedes-Benz, he led a renaissance in the luxury vehicle brand's sales and marketing efforts. He also has been a dealer, operating as managing partner of Euro Motorcars of Bethesda, Md. from March 1979 to July 1990. The group owned and operated eleven automotive dealership franchises. Most recently named again in 2011, Mr. Jackson is a seven-time member of the Automotive News "All-Star Team" of automotive executives and a four-time member of Advertising Age's "Marketing 100." In 2003, Mr. Jackson was named "Industry Leader Of the Year" by the Automotive Hall of Fame and in May 2011, Ernst & Young honored Mr. Jackson with a Lifetime Achievement Award under the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Awards Program. Mr. Jackson is currently the Chair of the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. In January 2011, Mr. Jackson was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Miami Branch Board of Directors. Recently, Mr. Jackson was named one of the top 50 Global Business Leaders in 2011 by Fortune Magazine.
Mike Jackson is one of the nation's leading speakers on energy. He has spoken recently to Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, William J. Clinton School of Public Policy, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the North American International Powertrain Conference.