Rock Anderson, Jr. is currently Senior Vice President, Human Resources/Chief People Officer with AutoNation, America’s largest automotive dealership company, with revenues exceeding $21B. In his current position, he is responsible for all Human Resources functions for +22,000 employees, including providing oversight for Corporate/Field HR Operations, Total Rewards, Change Management, Employee Relations, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Development and Organizational Effectiveness. Anderson spent 12 years with Cox Automotive, a division of Cox Enterprises, prior to joining AutoNation where he was Global Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.
Prior to the formation of Cox Automotive, Anderson was the Regional Vice President (West) for Manheim’s operations, leading 35 operating locations, which included 13 states, 7,000 employees and over $950M in revenue. He also held the position of Vice President People Strategies at Manheim.
Anderson has held leadership positions with companies including Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Siemens, Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) and INROADS, Inc.
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, he is a graduate of St. Augustine High School, Dillard University and Tulane University.
Anderson is affiliated with numerous academic, professional and community organizations, and was named one of the Atlanta Business League’s “Men of Influence”. He served on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Strategic Implementation Committee for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta. Anderson is also a Member of the Governing Body of the Chief Human Resources Officer Summit.
Additionally, he serves as Chairman of the Benefits Committee and is a member of the Finance Committee for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. He is a Leadership Atlanta Alumnus and a member of the One Hundred Black Men of America. Anderson currently serves as President of the Finance Committee for St. Anthony Catholic Church. Anderson is currently a Board of Trustee at Dillard University, member of the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Leadership Class and Advisory Board Member for Elite Women of Excellence (EWOE).