DULUTH, Ga., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., today named George Villasana as the company's Vice President and General Counsel effective April 16. Villasana was most recently Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Swisher Hygiene Inc., an innovator in the hygiene services industry based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Pet DRx Corporation. Previously, he spent seven years as Senior Corporate Counsel at AutoNation, Inc., the largest automotive retailer in the country. Villasana began his career as an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He has a B.S. in accounting from Pennsylvania State University, and an M.A. in accounting from Florida International University. He holds a Juris Doctorate from American University and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. "With George's tenure in the automotive industry, we look forward to the experience and energy he will bring to Asbury," President and CEO Craig Monaghan stated. "We are pleased to welcome him to our team." Villasana commented, "I look forward to leading the legal department at such a well-respected automotive retailer as Asbury. It is an exciting opportunity to return to the automotive industry." About Asbury Automotive Group Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. ("Asbury"), headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, is one of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S. Built through a combination of organic growth and a series of strategic acquisitions, Asbury currently operates 79 retail auto stores, encompassing 99 franchises for the sale and servicing of 30 different brands of American, European and Asian automobiles. Asbury offers customers an extensive range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicle sales and related financing and insurance, vehicle maintenance and repair services, replacement parts and service contracts. SOURCE Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.