Letter Agreement between Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. and Michael Welch, dated as of June 14, 2021

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Exhibit 10.1

June 14, 2021

Mr. Michael Welch

Dear Michael:

We are excited about the prospect of you joining the Asbury Automotive Group team as the Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer reporting to me, subject to your appointment by the Board of Directors. I am sure you will make significant contributions to our company and look forward to you starting on August 9, 2021.

Cash Compensation
Your Target Annualized Cash Compensation will be $1,017,500. This includes a $550,000 base salary and a $467,500 target annual bonus, which is 85% of your base salary.

Your 2021 annual bonus will be prorated and will be based on the same bonus criteria applicable to all Dealership Support Center bonus-eligible employees. The bonus criteria are based on the number of cars sold in the United States in 2021 and Asbury's EBITDA achieved at each level of sales.

Equity Grant
On your start date, you will be granted an equity award with a value of $500,000, which will be issued in the form of restricted share units of common stock of Asbury that will vest ratably over a three-year period. The actual number of shares you will be granted will be based on the closing price of a share of common stock of Asbury on the New York Stock Exchange on the date of grant. The equity award will be subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the 2019 Asbury Equity and Incentive Plan and in the equity award agreement that you enter into with Asbury.

You will be eligible for future grants during the normal and customary equity grant cycle, which has historically occurred in February.

Equity Holding Requirements
You will be required to own Asbury equity valued at three times your base salary. You will be expected to meet this guideline over the course of five years. The following shares count towards your ownership for purposes of meeting the requirements: (i) all restricted share units of common stock of Asbury whether vested or unvested, (ii) all performance shares of common stock of Asbury that are earned, even if not vested and (iii) all shares of common stock of Asbury that are held by you.

Demonstrator Vehicle
You will be provided one demonstrator vehicle for your use. The imputed income associated with the demonstrator vehicle will be taxable to you.

We offer a competitive benefits package including: Family Health, Dental and Vision Care, a 401(k) Plan, Employee LTD, Life and STD; details will be provided.

You will have 4 weeks of paid time off, which will be prorated for 2021 based upon your start date.

You will receive a relocation allowance in the gross amount of $100,000 paid in 5 equal monthly installments, with the first installment of $20,000 payable on the first pay date following your commencement of employment and each of the 4 remaining monthly installments in the amount of $20,000 would be paid in the first payroll following 30 days after the prior payment. All installments of the relocation bonus will be subject to normal tax withholdings. The relocation bonus would be subject to full repayment to Asbury if you voluntarily terminate your employment with Asbury within 1 year of your start date.

Termination Protection
You will receive a severance pay agreement providing base salary and benefits continuation for one year and a pro-rated bonus for the portion of the year you served prior to your termination in the event you are terminated without "cause” or you terminate your employment for "good reason" (as such terms are defined in the severance pay agreement). You must execute a general release to receive the payment of any severance.

Our offer is contingent upon successful completion of an officer’s questionnaire, background check, credit check, motor vehicle review and a pre-employment drug test.

In extending this offer of employment, we have relied on your representations that (1) you will not use in any way any confidential information (or any records, documents and similar items) relating to the business of your former employers while employed at Asbury and (2) you have not entered into any agreement or made any commitment to any prior employer or other third party (including, without limitation, non-competition provisions or other restrictive covenants in agreements with prior employers) which would in any way affect or limit your ability to carry out your duties with Asbury. By signing this offer letter, you acknowledge that any inaccuracy in these representations may be grounds for termination for “cause.”

To signify your acceptance of this position, please sign below and return one copy to me.

/s/    David W. Hult
David W. Hult
President and CEO
Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

 I hereby signify my acceptance of the position.
/s/    Michael WelchJune 15, 2021