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AutoNation Hires Richard Lennox as New CMO

May 1, 2023

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's most admired automotive retailer, announced Richard Lennox as its new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), effective May 15, 2023. In his new role, Mr. Lennox will drive the brand's growth to meet the transportation needs of its 11 million Customers and their households. He will report to CEO Mike Manley and serve as a member of the leadership team, overseeing brand, marketing, and creative.

"Rich is an inspiring leader and accomplished marketer with proven experience guiding brands through transformation. He leads transformational change to build sophisticated smart data-driven marketing models, increasing the productivity of marketing investment," said CEO Mike Manley. "With our goal of becoming the nation's most comprehensive transportation solutions provider Rich's expertise will help extend our brand and leverage our scale as we grow to meet the transportation need of our existing 11 million Customers and their households and new Customers that join the AutoNation family."

Mr. Lennox most recently served as Chief Customer & Brand Officer at Macy's. He oversaw consumer franchise and marketing strategies to drive growth and transformation. Prior to Macy's, Mr. Lennox served as Chief Marketing Officer at Toys R Us and Zales. He is an award-winning brand and marketing expert with 30 years of experience and a track record of successful business turnarounds and increased shareholder value. He drives growth, leads transformational change, and develops consumer-led strategies that build innovative solutions to complex business challenges.

"As a car enthusiast, I am excited to join AutoNation, a company that has built a brand and reputation as one of America's most admired companies," said Mr. Lennox. "I'm inspired by the Company's consumer-centric and innovative approach to personalized transportation solutions now and in the future."  

Marc Cannon will transition into a new role focused on corporate responsibility, encompassing AutoNation's DRVPNK activities, and will retire at the end of the year.

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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