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Cox Enterprises Incorporated
6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Road
Atlanta
GA 30328
US
p. 678-645-0000
f. 678-645-1079

http://www.coxenterprises.com
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Location Type:HeadquartersCompany Type:Standard
Year Founded:1898Asset Amount (USD):
Sector Type:Private CompaniesTicker:
Primary Industry:Media/AdvertisingSecondary Industry:Business Services
SIC Code:7383,2711,4899,4832,
4841,7389,4833,7379,
7331,7375,5961,2741
NAICS:51511
Annual Sales (USD):$13,200,000,000# of Employees:80,000

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Name:James C Kennedy
Title:Chairman, Corporate Planning
Chief Executive Officer, Management
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Nickname:JimDate Appointed:
Biography:James C. Kennedy is chairman and chief executive officer of privately-held Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is the grandson of former Ohio Governor and presidential candidate James M. Cox, who founded the company in 1898. He also serves as chairman of the board for Cox Radio, Inc. Kennedy has been with Cox since 1972, starting as a production assistant with Atlanta newspapers, where he held various positions including reporter, copy editor, advertising salesman, business manager and executive vice president/general manager. In 1979, he was named president of Grand Junction (Colorado) Newspapers, Inc. and, a few months later, publisher of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. In 1985, Kennedy transferred back to Atlanta as vice president of Cox Newspapers, a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. He was named executive vice president of Cox Enterprises the following year, and in January 1988, after the retirement of Garner Anthony, Kennedy was named chairman and chief executive officer. During Kennedy’s tenure, Cox Enterprises has increased in annual revenues from $1.8 billion in 1988 to $12 billion at year-end 2005. Today, Cox is a top-10 nationally ranked player, based on revenues, in every major category where it competes. The company has 77,000 employees located throughout the U.S. and abroad, and operates 300 separate businesses. Two subsidiaries – Cox Communications, a leading broadband communications company, and Cox Radio – became publicly traded since Kennedy has been CEO. In December 2004, Cox Enterprises completed the acquisition of the publicly held minority interest of Cox Communications in the single largest cash transaction in the history of American business. Under his leadership, Cox has also expanded its Internet portfolio, which includes an equity stake in AutoTrader.com, the leading auto classifieds marketplace and consumer information website. Kennedy currently serves on the boards of Ducks Unlimited, Atlanta Committee for Progress, the PATH Foundation and is also president of Wetlands America Trust, Inc. He was inducted into Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business Hall of Fame in 2004 and was bestowed an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kennesaw State University in 2003. Jim and his wife Sarah were recognized as the 2003 Philanthropists of the Year by the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Fund-raising Professionals in recognition of their many contributions to the community. A former competitive cyclist, Kennedy is a past Masters National, Pan American and World Champion in the 3000 meter pursuit. He served as captain of a four-man team that won the Race Across AMerica (RAAM) in 1992, setting a world’s record. In 1994, the same team finished second, establishing a new American record. Kennedy was also one of five named to the United States Cycling Federation Master’s All-American team and was the honorary chairman of the 1993, 1994 and 1995 Bike Tours of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Georgia Chapter. In 1997, he was named the honorary chairman of the Tour de Cure cycling event benefiting the American Diabetes Association. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver.
Name:Mr. Robert C. O'Leary
Title:Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Accounting
Executive Vice President,
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Nickname:BobDate Appointed:
Biography:Bob O'Leary is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for the company's treasury, financial reporting and control, tax and audit functions as well as information technology, risk management and real estate. He is also a member of both the Cox Enterprises and Cox Communications, Inc., board of directors. O'Leary joined Cox in 1982 as vice president of finance for Cox Cable Communications (now Cox Communications, Inc.). Later that year, he was promoted to senior vice president of finance, and, in 1986, to senior vice president of finance and administration. In 1989, he was named senior vice president of operations, with responsibility for the Cox Communications western group, which included its two largest cable systems in San Diego and Phoenix. O'Leary was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer of Cox Enterprises in August 1996 and named executive vice president and chief financial officer in December 1999. Prior to Cox, O'Leary held a number of operating and corporate finance positions during his 20 years with General Electric Company. O'Leary serves as vice chairman on the board of directors of the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is on the board of trustees for the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. A magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a bachelor's degree in economics, O'Leary holds a master's degree in business administration from Boston College's Carroll School of Management. He is also a member of Boston College's Athletic Hall of Fame for middle and long-distance running.
Name:Mr. Gregory B. Morrison
Title:Chief Information Officer, Information Technology
Vice President,
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Nickname:GregDate Appointed:2/2002
Biography:Greg Morrison is vice president and chief information officer for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for technology planning for all corporate headquarters operations. Morrison was named vice president and chief information officer of Cox Enterprises in February 2002. He previously served as vice president of information systems at Prudential Financial, Inc., where he progressed through the ranks from 1989 to 2000. He briefly left Prudential to become chief operating officer and chief information officer for RealEstate.com in 2000, then rejoined the company later that year as vice president of information systems. Prior to joining Prudential, Morrison served in the United States Army Signal Corps for seven years. Morrison serves on the board of trustees for Clark Atlanta University and on the board of directors for both TechBridge and the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. He was named one the top 50 Most Important Blacks in Technology by U.S. Black Engineer (USBE) magazine in 2005. Morrison earned a bachelor's degree in science from South Carolina State University and a master’s degree in science from Northwestern University.
Name:Mr. Bob Pelon
Title:Director of ProcurementEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:6/2007
Biography:Pelon began his career at Cox in 2000 as a procurement systems analyst and has been promoted to various roles of increasing responsibility within the procurement department. Prior to joining Cox, Pelon held various leadership positions within the logistics departments of the United States Marine Corps and the Department of Defense Office of Special Events for the Olympic Games in Atlanta. He received his BA degree in Business Administration from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, N.C.
Name:Mr. Timothy W. Hughes
Title:Executive Vice President, Administration
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Nickname:TimDate Appointed:
Biography:Tim Hughes is executive vice president, administration for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He has overall responsibilities for a number of departments and functions, including legal, human resources, public policy, corporate security, materials management, corporate services, corporate communications and public affairs, fleet, travel and the administration of the company’s foundations. Prior to assuming his current position in December 1995, Hughes served as vice president, human resources beginning 1983. Hughes began his career with the Olin Corporation and held positions of increasing responsibility in labor relations, human resources and labor law with Mobil Corporation, the Sherwin Williams Company and Wells Fargo — a division of Borg Warner Corporation. Hughes is a member of the board of directors of the national Human Resources Policy Association and chairs its Public Policy Initiatives Committee. He’s also a member of the boards of the Perimeter Community Improvement District and The Nature Conservancy in Georgia. He has also served on the national Nominating Committee and the Resolutions Committee of the American Red Cross, from whom he received the Cynthia Wedel Award in recognition of distinguished volunteer service. In Atlanta, Hughes has served as chapter chair, secretary-treasurer and as a member of the chapter’s Executive Committee and Capital Campaign chair. In Georgia, he headed the Red Cross’s statewide Designing Excellence project. Hughes has held a number of other leadership and board positions: with the Newspaper Association of America’s human resource committee, the Corporate Health Care Coalition, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia Health Decisions, Leadership Atlanta, the Atlanta Children's Shelter, the Atlanta Health Care Alliance, the Atlanta Human Resources Planning Society, the Business Council for the Arts, Theatre Gael, The National Conference of Christians and Jews, the Private Industry Council of Atlanta, Young Audiences, the Brain Injury Association of Georgia, the Atlanta Human Resources Planning Society, the Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management, Georgia State University's Beebe Institute of Employee Relations, the Boards of Visitors of Emory and Clark Atlanta Universities, the Kentucky Society of Georgia and the National Leadership Coalition on Health Care Reform. He has also served as a member of the board of the Media Human Resources Association, from whom he received its 1993 Catalyst Award. Hughes also is known as an avid fundraiser for the American Red Cross, the United Way, the Woodruff Arts Center, the United Negro College Fund, Foxfire, the Piedmont Park Conservancy and other arts, civic, health and human service organizations. He has served as an elder of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, as well as a member of that church’s long-range planning, stewardship and community concerns committees. Hughes earned his bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University, in Louisville, Ky., where he has since been elected to the college's Gallery of Distinguished Graduates. He received a cum laude juris doctor (JD) degree from Cleveland State University’s John Marshall Law School, is admitted to the Bars of Ohio and Georgia and is a member of the Labor Law Sections of the Georgia and American Bar Associations. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Emory University in Atlanta.
Name:Mr. Jimmy W Hayes
Title:President, Administration
Chief Operating Officer, Operations
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Biography:Jimmy W. Hayes is president and chief operating officer for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. His responsibilities include oversight of Cox Communications, Cox Newspapers, Cox Television, Cox Radio, Manheim Auctions, Cox Auto Trader and several corporate headquarters groups, including financial operations, human resources and administration, marketing and corporate communications. He also serves as a member on the Board of Directors of Cox Enterprises, Inc. and of Cox Radio, Inc. Hayes previously served as executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Cox Communications from 1999 to 2005 and was senior vice president and chief financial officer from 1995 to 1999. Hayes joined Cox Enterprises in 1980 as an accounting manager. He was promoted in 1981 to assistant controller and in 1982 was named a corporate officer. In 1989, he joined Cox Cable as vice president of finance before being promoted to senior vice president of finance in 1992. When Cox Cable became publicly-traded Cox Communications in 1995, Hayes added the title of chief financial officer to his duties. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Hayes holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. He also completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in 1989.
Name:Mr. Preston B. Barnett
Title:Vice President, Other
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Biography:Preston Barnett is vice president and general tax counsel for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for all federal income tax related matters for Cox Enterprises including tax planning for acquisitions, reorganizations and sales of assets and business properties; managing IRS and state audits; managing administrative and judicial appeals of the various audits; federal planning; and providing financial information related to tax liability. Prior to joining Cox in 1979, Barnett worked for several public accounting firms, including Arthur Andersen & Co. Barnett holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of Alabama School of Law and a bachelor’s degree with majors in history and business administration from Birmingham-Southern College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is admitted to the bar associations of Alabama and Georgia. Barnett is also active in the Tax Executives Institute, serving as Atlanta Chapter President in 1991-92 and as the regional vice-president for 1996-97. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Broadband Tax Institute in addition to having previously served as President from 2002-2004. He served as President of the Birmingham-Southern College National Alumni Association for 2000-01.
Name:Ms. Maria Friedman
Title:Vice President, Finance and Accounting
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Biography:Maria Friedman is vice president, corporate tax for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. She is responsible for managing the corporate income tax function for Cox Enterprises and all its subsidiaries. Friedman most recently served as assistant vice president, tax. She joined Cox Enterprises in 1991 as a senior tax specialist and was promoted to tax counsel, tax manager and director of tax. Friedman began her career with Ernst & Whinney in 1987 and worked in both the Atlanta and Washington, D.C. offices. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Emory University, a juris doctorate degree from Georgia State University and is a member of the Georgia State Bar.
Name:Mr. Brett Woods
Title:Vice President of Business Operations of Travel Channel MediaEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:8/2007
Business Phone:Business Fax:
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Name:Ms. J. Lacey Lewis
Title:Vice President, Business Development
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Biography:Lacey Lewis is vice president, business development for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. She is responsible for identifying and evaluating new business opportunities, acquisitions and long-term investment strategies for Cox Enterprises and its family of companies. Lewis is also responsible for managing corporate marketing, providing sales and marketing support to the Cox properties and has operating responsibility for Cox Search, Cox Enterprises’ local search business. Prior to her promotion in 2006, Lewis served as vice president, development for Cox Enterprises. From 2002-2005 she was vice president of investor relations for Cox Communications, the company’s formerly publicly-traded broadband subsidiary, where she managed the investor relations program in compliance with corporate policies and securities regulations. Previously, Lewis was the vice president and chief financial officer of Cox Interactive Media, the former internet division of Cox Enterprises from 1998-2002 and served as director of business operations for Cox Communications from 1992 to 1998. Lewis began her career at Cox in 1984 when she joined the Internal Audit department of Cox Enterprises. Prior to joining Cox, Lewis worked in the Atlanta office of Deloitte and Touche from 1981 to 1984. A cum laude graduate of Auburn University, Lewis holds a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting. She is also a graduate of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School executive development program. Lewis is a member of the Atlanta chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute. In 2004, Lewis was named to the Institutional Investor Research Group First Team for IR rankings by the sell side analysts.
Name:Ms. Deborah E. Ruth
Title:Vice President, Marketing
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Nickname:DebbyDate Appointed:
Biography:Debby Ruth is vice president of marketing for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. She is responsible for corporate marketing which encompasses the development and implementation of new sales and marketing programs, consulting services, direct and database marketing, sales promotion, and event and sports marketing for the Cox family of companies. Ruth joined Cox Enterprises as director of marketing for CableRep Advertising in 1997. In 2000 she was promoted to vice president of new media advertising for CableRep, and in 2003 she served as vice president of marketing and new media advertising for Cox Media. This year, Ruth was named a recipient of the prestigious President’s Award from the Cable Advertising Bureau. Before joining Cox, Ruth was an account supervisor with Bigelow and Eigel Advertising from 1995-1997 where her clients included Cox Communications, Cox Interactive Media, and Discovery Networks. In addition, Ruth has held marketing positions with Encore Media and Time Warner Cable. Prior to her experience in the cable industry, Ruth served as director of audience development for Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company, as production coordinator for The Second City, also in Chicago, and as marketing manager for an independent record label in Dallas where she began her marketing career in 1984. A graduate with honors from Pennsylvania State University, with a bachelor’s degree in communications studies, Ruth also holds an executive master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University.
Name:Ms. Marybeth Leamer
Title:Vice President, Human Resources
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Biography:Marybeth Leamer is vice president of human resources for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. She is responsible for executive compensation, benefits, HRIS systems, executive development and training, diversity and employee relations. Leamer joined Cox in 1982 as a compensation analyst for the cable division. She was promoted to senior compensation analyst in 1984, then manager of compensation and benefits in 1985. In 1986, she transferred to Cox Enterprises, Inc., as compensation administration, becoming corporate benefits administrator in 1987. She was then named manager of employee benefit plans in 1988, assuming additional responsibility for compensation two years later. She became director of employee benefits and compensation in 1990, and in 1995, was promoted to vice president of human resources. Leamer is a certified compensation professional, a member of the American Compensation Association, and the Human Resource Planning Society. She serves on the board and is past president of the Georgia chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and is past president of the board of the Human Resources Leadership Forum. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of this organization. Leamer is a graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism.
Name:Mr. Michael J. Mannheimer
Title:Vice President, Other
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Nickname:MikeDate Appointed:
Biography:Mike Mannheimer, is vice president of supply chain services and chief procurement officer for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nations leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for the identification, development and management of supplier relationships across all divisions. He also has responsibility for the Energy Management and Fleet Management departments. Prior to this position, he served as vice president of materials management for Cox Enterprises and as director and vice president of materials management for Cox Communications. Before joining Cox in 1980, Mannheimer was director of engineering & manufacturing for Olympic Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Sara Lee Corporation. Prior to emigrating from South Africa in 1978, he held various procurement, materials management, project management and production management positions in the steel and mining equipment manufacturing industries with The South African Iron and Steel Corporation (ISCOR) and FMC South Africa Ltd., a subsidiary of Chicago-based FMC Corporation. Mannheimer served as a 1st Lieutenant with the South African Army in 1969. Mannheimer is a member of several industry-related associations: the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the Conference Board Purchasing & Supply Leadership Council, Institute for Supply Management (ISM), the ISM Senior Executive Forum, Purchasing Management Association of Georgia (PMAG) and Newspaper Purchasing Management Association (NPMA). He is a past board & executive committee member of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC) and served in various positions on programming, finance and certification committees. He also formerly was a member of the SCTE Materials Management Subcommittee on Barcoding. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa and holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa.
Name:Mr. Joab M. Lesesne III
Title:Vice President, Government Affairs
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Nickname:Date Appointed:2/2007
Biography:Lesesne recently served as a vice president of Timmons and Company, a Washington-based government relations and consulting firm where he assisted clients in formulating and implementing individualized strategies for working with Capitol Hill and the Administration. Previously, he served as chief of staff for Senator Ernest Hollings from 1999 to 2005. In this capacity, he advised the Senator on votes, policy statements, speeches, amendments, legislation and other official business and coordinated all the Senator’s projects and policy initiatives. He joined the Senator’s staff in 1993 as legislative counsel and later was promoted to legislative director. Following law school, he was an attorney at Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough in Columbia, South Carolina. Lesesne graduated Cum Laude with a degree in history from Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. He earned his Juris Doctor from The University of South Carolina and is admitted to the Bars of South Carolina and District of Columbia.
Name:Mr. Robert Redella
Title:Vice President, Business Development
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Nickname:BobDate Appointed:
Biography:Bob Redella is vice president of development for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for identifying and evaluating new business opportunities with all Cox divisions on growth ventures. Redella worked with Cox Communications starting in 1982, serving in a number of positions including vice president of programming and investments. He was responsible for negotiating major cable programming carriage agreements and executing investments in various cable networks, including E! Entertainment Television, Discovery Networks and UK Gold/UK Living. Redella left Cox briefly in 1996 and held senior positions at American Sky Broadcasting and Media One, Inc. In 1998, Redella joined Cox Enterprises as senior development officer, responsible for the development of acquisition strategies and lead negotiator on a number of investment acquisitions and divestitures. He returned to Cox Communications in 2002. At Cox Communications, Redella served as vice president of mergers and acquisitions, where he was responsible for the company’s acquisition and divestiture strategy and was directly involved in Cox Communications’ privatization and the recent process to sell operations serving approximately one million cable customers. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Redella holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Cincinnati and earned a master’s in business administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.
Name:Mr. Roberto I. Jimenez
Title:Vice President, Communications
Public Affairs
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Biography:Roberto I. Jimenez is vice president of corporate communications and public affairs at Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. Jimenez is responsible for leading internal and external communications, public affairs and Cox’s corporate knowledge center. Prior to joining Cox in 2003 as director of corporate communications, Jimenez was a director of global communications and international marketing at AFC Enterprises, the franchisor and operator of more than 4,000 restaurants, bakeries and cafes around the world. In 1998, Jimenez joined the Walt Disney World Company as manager of public affairs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. At Disney, he served as official spokesperson for the 49-square mile resort and was responsible for public affairs, issues management, crisis communications and diversity public relations. He also managed cast communications for the resort’s 57,000 employees. Before joining the Disney organization, Jimenez launched Jimenez Pinzon International, a multicultural marketing communications consultancy, specializing in Hispanic market-entry strategies. In 1992, he served as administrative director of marketing and public relations for Florida Hospital, the nation’s largest Medicare provider and leading cardiac center. Jimenez started his communications career as director of public relations at the Orlando Opera Company in 1987. Jimenez serves on the board of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and chairs Metro Voices/Metro Choices, a research-based community engagement and social change program. As an executive board member of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, he chairs its legislative committee. In 2006, Jimenez joined the advisory board of the Elon University School of Communications and the board of the Carman Adventist School. He is a past co-chair of the Public Relations Society of America (Georgia Chapter) Diversity Committee. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Atlanta and a 2005 graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy founded by the American Institute for Managing Diversity. Jimenez earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee and a master’s of business administration degree with an emphasis in marketing and international business from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Name:Mr. Mickey McKenzie
Title:Vice President of Production Management and Operations of Travel Channel MediaEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:8/2007
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Name:Mr. Andrew A. Merdek
Title:Vice President, Legal
General Counsel, Other
Secretary, Other
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Nickname:AndyDate Appointed:
Biography:Andy Merdek is vice president of legal affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for all legal matters, regulatory compliance, litigation management and corporate governance of its roughly 600 subsidiaries and also supervises the CEI Legal Department as well as the work of more than 100 outside law firms. Merdek is a former partner in the law firm of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson of Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, where his counseling and litigation practice included media law, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions. He joined Cox Enterprises in 1987 as vice president and general manager of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and began his newspaper career on the editorial side as a reporter and editor for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram. Merdek currently serves as chairman of the Newspaper Association of America’s Legal Affairs Committee. A Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of Middlebury College, Merdek is also an Order of the Coif graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.
Name:Mr. Robert Brand
Title:Vice President, Other
Secretary, Other
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Nickname:BobDate Appointed:
Biography:Bob Brand is vice president of corporate security for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is the senior-most official responsible for the security and protection of Cox’s employees and assets, overseeing the development, implementation and direction of security programs and processes for the company. Brand joined Cox as the director of corporate security in 1998 and was responsible for the planning and design of the company’s security programs and procedures. He also served as security consultant to all of the company’s subsidiaries. Brand is a 22-year veteran of the United States Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service. He retired from the Diplomatic Security Service in May of 1998 as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. He had previously served in various positions with the Bureau, including regional security officer in New Delhi, India, division chief of the Protective Intelligence Division, branch chief of the Visa Fraud section and regional security officer in former West Berlin. Brand’s other assignments included tours of duty in Beirut, Lebanon and Guatemala as well as permanent assignment to the protective detail of the Secretary of State. He has also served as a special agent in charge of numerous protective details of foreign government officials and as an investigator in field offices for several years. Prior to this, he served three years as a police officer in South Burlington, Vermont. Brand is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in resource economics. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in business continuity and emergency management at Boston University. He is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, International Security Management Association, Overseas Security Council, Georgia/Israeli Law Enforcement Exchange and STOP I.T., a Georgia-based private identity theft group.
Name:Mr. Michael Klein
Title:Senior Vice President of Content Travel Channel MediaEmail:
Nickname:Date Appointed:8/2007
Business Phone:Business Fax:
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Name:Mr. John G. Boyette
Title:Senior Vice President, Investments
Administration
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Biography:John Boyette is senior vice president, investments and administration for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for strategic planning in areas of investment management, real estate and general insurance, as well as overseeing various operations of the company. Boyette joined Cox in 1968 as a staff accountant, becoming accounting manager two years later. He was named tax department manager in 1974, and in 1977, assistant controller. He was elected assistant treasurer of Cox Communications in 1979. After assuming additional responsibilities as controller in 1981 he was named treasurer of the company. When Cox Communications merged into Cox Enterprises in September 1985, Boyette became assistant treasurer of Cox Enterprises, and in January 1987, he was named vice president & treasurer. He became vice president – controller of Cox Enterprises in 1989. Boyette was named senior vice president of finance and administration for Cox Broadcasting in January 1998. In 2003 he moved to CEI to his current position. Boyette serves on the board of directors for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and for Kennesaw State University Coles College. A graduate of Augusta (Georgia) College, Boyette has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting.
Name:Mr. Richard J. Jacobson
Title:Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting
Treasurer, Finance and Accounting
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Biography:Richard Jacobson is senior vice president of finance of Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He also serves as treasurer of publicly-traded Cox Radio, Inc. (CXR) and is responsible for insuring liquidity, managing outside investor relations, investment strategy for defined benefit plans, financial forecasting, long-range planning, operational banking, cash management and managing the treasury department team. The treasury department is the "central" bank for all of Cox business. Jacobson joined Cox in 1982 and served as assistant to the treasurer, manager of treasury operations, assistant treasurer and treasurer respectively. He was promoted to his current position in October 2005 and previously held the position of vice president and treasurer. He has also worked in various finance related positions at Contel and National Data Corporation. Jacobson serves on the advisory board of Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and on the boards of the Dunwoody Medical Center and The Chattahoochee Nature Center, where he also serves as treasurer. Additionally, he serves on the audit committee of the Georgia State University Foundation. A cum laude University of Florida graduate, Jacobson holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting. He also has a master’s degree with honors in finance from Georgia State University.
Name:Ms. Susan W. Coker
Title:Treasurer, Finance and Accounting
Vice President,
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Biography:Susan Coker is vice president and treasurer for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. In this role, she oversees all Cox treasury functions including capital structure, liquidity management, investor relations and financial long-range planning. Coker also serves as vice president and treasurer of Cox Communications, the company’s broadband subsidiary. Coker joined Cox Communications in 1995 as the director of financial planning for broadband services. She was later promoted to director of financial planning and analysis and was appointed to assistant treasurer in 1999. She was named treasurer of Cox Communications in 2002 and vice president in 2004 before being promoted to vice president and treasurer of Cox Enterprises in 2005. Coker is a member of Women in Cable Television and serves on the board of trustees of the Saint Martin’s Episcopal School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a master’s of business administration from Duke University.
Name:Mr. David J. Head
Title:Controller, Finance and Accounting
Vice President,
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Biography:David Head is vice president and controller for Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation’s leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He is responsible for managing all aspects of corporate accounting including policy, internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, payroll, business valuation and employee benefits pricing and support. Head has served as controller for Cox Enterprises since 2000. Previously he was director of investment planning at Cox Communications, the company’s cable broadband subsidiary, from 1996 to 2000. He began his career at Deloitte and Touche LLP, where he worked from 1986 to 1996. Head holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Georgia College and a master’s degree in accounting from Georgia State University.
Name:Mr. Dennis Berry
Title:Vice Chairman, Corporate Planning
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Biography:Dennis Berry serves as vice chairman of privately-held Cox Enterprises, Inc., one of the nation's leading media companies and providers of automotive services. He formerly served as president and chief operating officer of Cox Enterprises beginning in 2000, retiring from operational duties in 2005. He previously served as president and CEO of Manheim Auctions from 1995 to 2000. Prior to Manheim, he served as publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he held several positions, including president, vice president and general manager, advertising director, national advertising director, classified advertising manager and classified sales account executive. Berry started his career at the newspaper in 1966, immediately after graduation from the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. He has previously served on the Advisory Board of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and the boards of the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Central Atlanta Progress, the national Advertising Council, United Way, Emory Board of Visitors, Georgia State University's board of advisors and Mission New Hope. He also is a past chair of the board of Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Atlanta. Berry earned a bachelor's degree in advertising and public relations from the University of Georgia.
Name:Mr. Peter M Winter
Title:President, Cox Interactive MediaEmail:
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Name:Mr. Rodney Mayers
Title:Assistant VP, Other
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Nickname:Date Appointed:1/2007
Biography:Mayers joined the company in 1999 as the director of planning and product development for its Cox Interactive Media business unit, and later as its vice president, business development. In 2002, he joined Cox’s corporate business development staff as manager, then later as director, of business development. In this function, he developed the department’s internal management consulting approach to better align with and serve various Cox divisions. His consultative work has included many due diligence reviews, design and development of new products and special projects exploring the expansion and partnering of Cox’s existing portfolio of online and print products. Prior to Cox, Mayers worked as an IT consultant at Prodigy Communications Corporation in White Plains, NY during which time he supported and orchestrated the complete reengineering of the company’s product development cycle. Earlier in his career, he served in a number of financial and business development roles at AM 1490 WOLF in Syracuse, NY and BBDO, Young & Rubicam and Thirteen/WNET in New York. Mayers earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Syracuse University and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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