Corporate Leadership

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Luis A. Avila

Vice President, Governance & Compliance, Assistant Secretary

Luis Avila is Vice President of Governance & Compliance at Cox Enterprises.  He reports to the General Counsel and is a member of the Legal Department’s Senior Leadership Team.  Luis provides leadership and guidance for all corporate governance, compliance, privacy and licensing matters.  Luis works closely with the Chief Compliance & Privacy Officers at Cox’s divisions Cox Communications and Cox Automotive.    

Prior to joining Cox Enterprises, Luis served in roles of increasing responsibilities in the legal department of US Foods, Inc., a $23 billion Chicago-based Fortune 150 foodservice distribution company with 25,000 employees.  Luis’ last role at US Foods was Interim General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary where he led a legal department of 72 people which included oversight of the Ethics & Compliance, Risk, Safety, Environmental and Food Safety teams.

Upon graduation from Columbia University School of Law, Luis worked as an associate in the Corporate Department at Lord, Bissell & Brook, now known as Locke Lord LLP where he concentrated his practice on securities and M&A. Thereafter, he opened his own practice before joining Kluever & Platt LLC, a real estate boutique firm, as an associate where he led the transactions team.  He transitioned into an in-house role as Senior Counsel for Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. and, in 2010, was promoted to Assistant General Counsel.  

Luis has been recognized by numerous organizations, including named as Business Leader of Color by Chicago United, Business Leader of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network, Out & Proud Corporate Counsel by the National LGBT Bar, and Top Lawyer Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association.