AutoNation Inc. named COO Jim Bender as president, transferring one of the titles held by sidelined CEO Cheryl Miller to a 20-year company veteran.
The move comes nine days after AutoNation said Miller, CEO and president, had been granted leave for health reasons. On April 13, the auto retail giant named Executive Chairman Mike Jackson, 71, to fill in for Miller, 47, until her return.
Jackson told stockholders Wednesday that he expects to serve as CEO for several months while Miller is on medical leave.
“Cheryl has requested that the details of her medical condition remain private, and the company is going to respect that. So we will not provide additional details,” Jackson told shareholders during the company’s short annual meeting. “I will serve as CEO in the next several months until Cheryl returns.”
Miller and Jackson were among 10 directors who were re-elected to the board for one-year terms during the 16-minute virtual meeting.
Bender, 64, will retain his COO duties, and the…