The 57-year-old Briton spent more than 20 years working for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and was instrumental in its merger with the PSA Group to form Stellantis.
After various managerial positions at DaimlerChrysler, he was appointed Jeep boss in 2009 and subsequently helped significantly increase the brand’s fortunes.
Manley was appointed head of the FCA when longtime CEO Sergio Marchionne was forced to resign on medical grounds in 2018. He then worked closely with PSA boss Carlos Tavares after that the two companies decided to merge in 2019.
After Tavares was appointed CEO of the new Stellantis company, Manley was appointed to lead the Americas, with corporate responsibility focused on North America and Latin America regions.
Manley has resigned from Stellantis with immediate effect and, starting in early November, will assume the new role of CEO of Autonation.
Manley will not be replaced directly, Mark Stewart and Antonio Filosa, respectively the COOs of Stellantis for North America and South America, now reporting directly to Tavares.
Tavares said it was a “privilege to know Mike first as a competitor, then as a partner and colleague in the creation of Stellantis, but most importantly still as a friend”.
Manley, who will continue to serve on the board of trustees of the charitable arm of the Stellantis Foundation, said: “After 20 amazing, challenging and enjoyable years, and with Stellantis performing under Carlos’ leadership, the time has come for me to ‘open a new chapter. . “
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