A Message from Our President and CEO
We've had a fast start to 2019, and it’s already been an exciting year for Cox Enterprises.
We established a groundbreaking renewable energy collaboration with Bloomberg, Gap, Salesforce and Workday to reduce carbon emissions. This partnership plays an important role in helping Cox move closer toward our goal to become Carbon Neutral by 2044.
Thanks to the incredible work from our different businesses, we began 2019 with a strong foundation.
For Cox Communications, we’ve continued to invest and bring gigabit fiber to our entire footprint. We were one of the first broadband companies to do it, and at the close of 2018, 80 percent of our entire customer base had access. This sets the stage for a future of connectivity like never before — smart cities, the “internet of things,” ConnectedHome, TeleHealth and more.
At Cox Automotive, the focus has been on transforming our assets for a world where cars are not only steel, but data. We have more information than any automotive services company, and we’re putting it to use across our many different businesses — from the auctions to dealership software.
At Cox Media Group, we continue to look at strategic options for CMG TV. At the same time, we remain focused on doing what we do best: Entertaining and inspiring the communities we serve, and telling the stories that matter through top-notch journalism.
Through the stellar reporting of our own WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), the city of Atlanta recently settled a case with us in which we had claimed “systemic violations” of the Georgia Open Records Act. Our months of watchdog reporting prompted the state’s first Georgia Bureau of Investigation criminal probe into open records violations.
The resulting settlement agreement is historic and reflects the very essence of what this company was founded to do — leave the world in better shape for the next generation. Our founder, Gov. James M. Cox, would be proud, and that’s why we’ve given the award named in his honor to the AJC and WSB newsrooms. Congratulations to these teams, and thank you for protecting the First Amendment and ensuring transparency for the city of Atlanta.
As we think about diversification and future growth, we've brought in some new talent. Luis Avila-Marco, SVP, Strategy and Corporate Development, will help us invest in new opportunities such as Cleantech, esports and healthcare. Stay tuned for continuing news on some exciting ventures such as the Overwatch League and others.
I'm looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in 2019, and I'm excited to continue working with you to help build a better future for all of us.
President and Chief Executive Officer