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Sonic CEO Scott Smith Steps Down, Successors Named

The automotive retailer announced that co-founder B. Scott Smith is stepping down as CEO, president, and director of the public dealer group. His brother David Burton Smith will assume his role as CEO, while executive Jeff Dyke was promoted to president.

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10 Building Blocks of a Dynamic Organization

Dealer experts list 10 leadership principles that, if embraced, will prevent an organization from becoming another corporate dinosaur.

Nissan Appoints Renault's Le Vot to Oversee North America

Nissan Motor Co. has appointed Denis Le Vot to oversee North American sales. Le Vot arrives from Renault, where he has held multiple positions since joining the French automaker.

Dave Anderson to Deliver Industry Summit, Best Training Day Ever Keynote Address

LearnToLead founder and nationally recognized leadership trainer Dave Anderson will deliver the Tuesday afternoon keynote address at this year’s Industry Summit as part of the Best Training Day Ever agenda.

JM Family Enterprises Announces Four Senior-Level Promotions

Rajeev Ravindran was named CIO, while Hank Grooms was appointed vice president of marketing and field operations for Southeast Toyota Distributors. Additionally, Ed Brown will now serve as group vice president of operations, while Jonna Sherry was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for World Omni.

Edmunds Announces Four Executive Hires

Edmunds.com has appointed four new executives to its leadership team in the marketing and dealer business segments.

LotLinx Appoints Cofounder CEO

LotLinx announced this week appointed company cofounder Denise Chudy CEO, effective immediately.

AutoNation President and COO to Retire in April

Mike Maroone will be retiring as AutoNation's president and COO in April. He will be replaced by current CEO Mike Jackson and senior executive Bill Berman.

Manheim Adds Experienced Executive to Leadership Team

Manheim selected Shane O’Dell to serve as senior vice president of wholesale service, a new role within the company. O’Dell has worked in the vehicle finance industry since 1995.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Does a wrinkled shirt or an undone tie really matter to a skilled professional? The magazine’s resident retail strategist says they do.