Alexander C. Taylor to Succeed John Dyer as Cox Enterprises President and CEO

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Monday, 01 May 2017 06:02

Cox Enterprises Chairman Jim Kennedy has named Alexander C. Taylor, executive vice president and chief operating officer, as the company's next president and chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Taylor will succeed John Dyer, president and chief executive officer, who will retire in Dec. after 40 years with the company. Dyer and Taylor will both continue serving on the Cox Enterprises' board of directors.

Taylor oversees Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group, as well as the company's long-term growth and investment plans, and is the great-grandson of company founder Gov. James M. Cox.

"It's especially meaningful for me that a fourth-generation Cox family member will lead the company my grandfather started in 1898," said Kennedy. "Alex has a deep understanding of our company and its culture. Cox has thrived in business because we believe in doing good and being a contributor to society. Alex shares this commitment to our employees and communities."

Taylor previously served as Cox Enterprises' executive vice president of strategic investments, where he had oversight of diversification funds in a wide-range of businesses, including energy, technology and health care. Under his leadership, Cox has taken an active role in bolstering Atlanta's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Taylor was the driving force behind the globally-acclaimed Techstars accelerator program entering the Atlanta market. He also oversees Cox's investments in the Cox Innovation Fund and True North Venture Partners.

Taylor has held numerous positions within the company's divisions. He was senior vice president of field operations for Cox Communications and executive vice president of Cox Media Group, where he oversaw its largest television, radio, newspaper and digital properties. He also led the creation of the company's first cross-platform newsroom. Taylor began his career at Cox as a reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in Colorado in May 2000.

He chairs American Rivers board of directors and is a board member of the Food Well Alliance and PATH Foundation. He received a bachelor's degree in science with a focus on human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University, where he now serves on the board of trust. An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he is the author of "The Longest Cast: The Fly-Fishing Journey of a Lifetime." He donated royalties from the book to the International Game Fishing Association for the preservation of endangered fishing sanctuaries.

Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 60,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms). The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Manheim. Through Cox Automotive, the company's international operations stretch across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.


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