Cox Enterprises names new CEO

Dec. 29, 2021
Alexander C. Taylor named as new chairman and CEO; James C. Kennedy now moves to chairman emeritus role.

Cox Enterprises this month announced that Alexander C. Taylor has been named chairman and CEO of the company, effective Jan. 1.

The leadership change comes as current Cox Enterprises Chairman James C. Kennedy moves to the role of chairman emeritus. Kennedy will remain a member of the Cox Enterprises board of directors and will also continue his role chairing the James M. Cox Foundation.

"No one cares more about the well-being of our company and employees than Alex," commented Kennedy. "I know the time is now right for him to take on this level of leadership. I'm so proud of all he has done since joining Cox more than 20 years ago. I'm especially proud of what he's done since becoming president and CEO in January 2018."

Since taking the helm four years ago, Taylor has led the company's core operating businesses in broadband, automotive services and media through significant transformation, while also strengthening its employee-centric and customer-focused culture.

"It's a humbling honor to follow someone who has been so successful and good at what he does," said Taylor. "Jim and I have worked together for many years to carry on the legacy of caring for our family, our employees and the communities which we serve. I will be focused on that for the entirety of my career."

Taylor is the great-grandson of Cox Enterprises founder and three-term Ohio Governor James M. Cox, and has cultivated a commitment to innovation amongst Cox's nearly 50,000 employees around the globe. Per a company statement, "He has empowered company leaders to invest in Cox's businesses to better serve customers, while also championing new investments and mergers and acquisitions in companies focused on connectivity, electric vehicles and fleets, and sustainability. Guided by his leadership, the private, family-owned company has invested more than $1 billion in sustainable businesses and technologies."

More executive leadership changes announced

Cox Enterprises this month also announced other changes at the leadership level. Effective Jan. 1, Jill Campbell will become co-president and chief people and operations officer for the company, and Dallas Clement will become its co-president and chief financial officer.

Campbell leads Cox Enterprises' people solutions, security, talent acquisition, corporate affairs, inclusion and diversity and branding, marketing and creative departments. She previously served as chief operations officer of Cox Communications. In this role, she oversaw day-to-day operations, ensuring companywide alignment with competitive strategies to enhance marketplace execution.

Clement is responsible for the Cox Enterprises' treasury, financial reporting and control, tax, audit, strategy and corporate development, and financial planning and analysis functions. He also oversees sustainability operations, information technology, risk management, government affairs and legal. Previously, Clement served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Cox Automotive.

"Both Jill and Dallas have served Cox for more than 30 years and each have long lists of ways they've helped grow our company," said Taylor. "Their careers have impacted thousands of people. Cox is better in countless ways because of their leadership. I thank them for their ongoing contributions and the forward-thinking approach they take to our people and businesses."


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