FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, announced today that Cheryl Scully, Vice President and Treasurer of the Company, was appointed interim Chief Financial Officer while the Company conducts a search for a new Chief Financial Officer. Mike Short, the Company's Chief Financial Officer, will leave the Company effective January 7, 2014. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20001017/AUTONATIONLOGO ) Mike Short said, "I've enjoyed my seven years at AutoNation, and I am proud to have contributed to the Company's success. I have decided that now is the appropriate time to begin planning the next chapter, both professionally and personally for my family. By leaving now, both the Company and I will have the opportunity to start 2014 fresh." Mr. Jackson stated, " Mike Short has helped successfully navigate the Company through the economic downturn, as well as the recovery. He implemented our shared service capability giving AutoNation a competitive advantage. We wish Mike the best and understand his decision to make a change now." AutoNation has retained Heidrick & Struggles to conduct a national search for a new Chief Financial Officer. The Company will consider internal and external candidates for the role. About AutoNation, Inc. AutoNation is transforming the automotive retail industry through bold leadership. We deliver a superior automotive retail experience through our customer-focused sales and service processes. Owning and operating 269 new vehicle franchises, which sell 33 new vehicle brands across 15 states, AutoNation is America's largest automotive retailer, with state-of-the-art operations and the ability to leverage economies of scale that benefit the customer. As an indication of our leadership position in our industry, AutoNation is a component of the S&P 500 Index. Please visit investors.autonation.com, www.autonation.com, www.twitter.com/autonation, www.twitter.com/CEOMikeJackson, www.facebook.com/autonation, and www.facebook.com/CEOMikeJackson, where AutoNation discloses additional information about the Company, its business, and its results of operations. SOURCE AutoNation, Inc.