ATLANTA, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cox Enterprises announced today that Sandy Schwartz has been appointed president of its automotive services subsidiary, Manheim. He will continue reporting to Jimmy Hayes, president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises.
A Cox veteran for more than 25 years, Schwartz will be responsible for managing Manheim, the world's leading provider of vehicle remarketing services. Chip Perry, president & CEO of Cox subsidiary, AutoTrader.com, the Internet's leading auto classifieds marketplace and consumer information website, will continue reporting to Schwartz, bringing together all Cox automotive interests under single leadership. Schwartz's automotive experience also includes leading Cox AutoTrader, which produced paid and free publications serving consumers and dealers in the automotive market.
"Sandy's extensive automotive, online and media experience is a valuable asset to Cox Enterprises," said Hayes. "Sandy has a broad and deep understanding of our Cox businesses and unique culture, and I am delighted for him to bring his expertise to Manheim. Under his leadership, Cox Media Group has thrived through transformation and he will bring the same innovative thinking to Manheim."
Most recently, Schwartz served as president of Cox Media Group, Cox's integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media subsidiary. He joined Cox in 1985 at the Tribune Newspapers in Arizona, where he served a number of roles before being named president and publisher in 1995. From 1996 to 2001, he served as executive vice president of the Austin-American Statesman. Schwartz also has served as vice president and general manager of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, executive vice president of Cox Newspapers and vice president of business development for Cox Enterprises. He later was promoted to president of Cox Auto Trader.
Dean Eisner retires from Cox after 19 years of dedicated service and will be available as an advisor to Schwartz until his retirement this summer. Prior to his role at Manheim, he served as vice president of business development for Cox Enterprises. Eisner joined Cox in 1992 as managing director of Cox International.
"Dean has done a tremendous job of growing Manheim's international presence, championing its early entry into the critically important online arena, and navigating the business through a tumultuous economy while setting in place Manheim's broad-sweeping, accelerated transformation process," Hayes said. "We are grateful for his talent, dedication and service."
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of nearly $15 billion and more than 60,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications, Inc. (cable television distribution, telephone, high-speed Internet access, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Manheim, Inc. (vehicle auctions, repair and certification services and web-based technology products); Cox Media Group, Inc. (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers, advertising sales rep firms, Valpak and Cox Digital Solutions); and AutoTrader.com (online automotive advertising and Kelley Blue Book, vAuto and HomeNet Automotive subsidiaries). Additionally, Cox operates Kudzu.com.
SOURCE Cox Enterprises, Inc.