FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today announced the appointment of Tom Conophy to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer effective October 31, 2016.
Tom will report directly to Mike Jackson, AutoNation's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. Tom will be a member of the Executive Leadership Team and will have full accountability for all AutoNation technology, IT development, and digital platforms. As leader of the AutoNation technology organization, Tom's responsibilities will include: all enterprise and consumer facing technology and services – consumer digital, enterprise applications, infrastructure, operations, enterprise architecture and cyber-security.
Mike Jackson said, "We are pleased to have a technology executive of Tom's caliber join us as we continue to build the AutoNation brand and invest significantly in automotive retail digital technology." Tom's impressive background includes serving as the EVP and CIO at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Staples, Inc., where he was responsible for all aspects of the global IT organization.
Allan Stejskal, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer will be resigning from the Company effective October 28, 2016. "Allan has been a key player in the advancement of AutoNation's digital platform over the past two years. I would like to thank him for his service and commitment to the Company," said Mike Jackson.
About AutoNation, Inc. AutoNation, America's largest automotive retailer, through its bold leadership is transforming the automotive industry. As of September 30, 2016, AutoNation owned and operated 371 new vehicle franchises from coast to coast. AutoNation has sold over 10 million vehicles, the first automotive retailer to reach this milestone. AutoNation's success is driven by a commitment to delivering a peerless experience through customer-focused sales and service processes. Through its Drive Pink initiative, AutoNation is committed to drive out cancer, create awareness and support critical research. AutoNation continues to be a proud supporter of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and other cancer-related charities.