AutoNation Inc. named Lance Iserman COO and executive vice president of sales, effective June 1, the nation's largest dealership group said late Wednesday, two weeks after former COO Bill Berman abruptly resigned.
Iserman, who has worked at AutoNation for more than 15 years, is currently president of the western region, overseeing the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., retailer's 81 stores and 110 franchises in the region, a statement said.
Steve Kwak, 44, will replace Iserman, 52, as western region market president after serving on the western region management team for 12 years.
CEO Mike Jackson said AutoNation had "quite a number" of internal and external candidates for the COO and sales boss positions, but Iserman was "clearly the best choice and therefore the decision."
Berman resigned May 15.