Mike Manley of Stellantis Exits for AutoNation Inc.’s Dealer Group.

The man who is president of Stellantis for the Americas is leaving to join the largest dealership group in the country, AutoNation Inc.

Mike Manley, who has served as Stellantis’ Americas president since January, will start with AutoNation as its CEO and member of its board of directors on November 1. That’s when Mike Jackson, AutoNation’s longtime CEO, retires.

“We’re thrilled at AutoNation,” Mark Cannon, a spokesperson for AutoNation, told the Free Press. “It’s a great hire. He’s a proven leader. He understands our business. He’s following a legend in Mike Jackson, but having come to know Mike Manley and know his business over the past 20 years, it’s a great day at AutoNation.”

Stellantis, the company formed from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and France’s PSA group in January, said North America COO Mark Stewart and Latin America COO Antonio Vilosa will replace Manley and report directly to CEO Carlos Tavares.

“It has been an honor to know Mike first as a competitor, then as a partner and co-creator of Stellantis, but most importantly, always as a friend,” Tavares said in a statement. “Since the early days of our discussions, we have truly shared a common vision, belief and commitment, and on these solid foundations, built over the past several years, Stellantis has achieved its impressive early results.”

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