This excerpt taken from the AN DEF 14A filed Mar 31, 2005.
Proposals on Which We Are Asking You to Vote
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
Our Board of Directors currently consists of eight members. Each of our current directors was elected by our stockholders at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders in 2004. Our Board, upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance Committee, has nominated the seven persons listed below to stand for election for a new term expiring at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders in 2006 or until their successors are duly elected and qualified. Each of the nominees listed below is currently serving as a director. Detailed biographical and other information concerning each nominee for director is provided on pages 6 and 7 of this Proxy Statement. Each nominee is willing and able to serve as a director of AutoNation. Mr. Alan S. Dawes, who has served as a director since June 2003, was not nominated to stand for re-election in 2005. Mr. Dawes will continue to serve on our Board until the date of the annual meeting.
Our Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the election
of each of the nominees for director named above.
RATIFICATION OF THE APPOINTMENT OF OUR INDEPENDENT AUDITOR
The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors has appointed KPMG LLP as our independent auditor for the year ending December 31, 2005. KPMG LLP has served us in this capacity since May 6, 2003. If the appointment of KPMG LLP as our independent auditor is not ratified by our stockholders, the Audit Committee will re-evaluate its appointment, taking into consideration the stockholder vote on the ratification. However, the Audit Committee is solely responsible for appointing and terminating our independent auditor, and may do so at any time at its discretion. A representative of KPMG LLP is expected to attend the annual meeting and be available to respond to appropriate questions. The representative also will be afforded an opportunity to make a statement, if he or she desires to do so.
Our Board of Directors recommends a vote FOR the ratification
of the appointment of KPMG LLP as independent auditor
for us and our subsidiaries for the year ending December 31, 2005.