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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Allan Stejskal, Chief information officer, AutoNation
 
When AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson decided to face off against TrueCar over data sharing this past summer, he did so knowing that he had Chief Information Officer Allan Stejskal on his team.

As head of the Open Secure Access consortium in 2006-07, Stejskal, 56, led the effort to establish industry guidelines for safeguarding dealers’ data from misuse by third-party vendors.

Since returning to AutoNation in 2014, he has overseen a huge expansion of the company’s information technology staff. And Stejskal has led development of the infrastructure behind AutoNation Express, a $100 million-plus e-commerce initiative that has enabled it to reduce its dependence on third-party lead providers such Edmunds.com and ultimately walk away from TrueCar.