President, Cox Automotive
Sanford (Sandy) Schwartz is president of Cox Automotive, the world’s leader in vehicle remarketing services and digital and software solutions for automotive dealers. Cox Automotive, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises, includes Manheim, AutoTrader.com, Kelly Blue Book, and a host of global businesses and brands serving customers such as auto dealers, manufacturers and financial institutions.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Manheim, the leading global provider of vehicle remarketing services, registers approximately eight million used vehicles annually, facilitating transaction worth nearly $50 billion in value. AutoTrader, Kelley Blue Book, and software solutions such as vAuto and VinSolutions are the world’s largest digital automotive marketplaces, providing innovative dealer marketing and software solutions. Annually, Cox Automotive companies interact with more than 40,000 dealers in North America alone.
In 2011, Schwartz became Manheim’s president where he led the company to identify growth opportunities in the automotive industry space. Under his leadership, Manheim acquired Dealer Services Corporation and merged it with Manheim Financial Services to form NextGear Capital, Inc., the largest provider of commercial financing for wholesalers in the world.
Prior to this role, Schwartz served as president of Cox Media Group, an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing, and digital media company. He joined Cox in 1985 and served in various roles of increasing responsibility including president of Cox Arizona Publishing, executive vice president of the Austin American-Statesman, 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.
Schwartz’s automotive experience includes serving as president of Cox Auto Trader (comprised of both AutoTrader.com and AutoTrader Publishing) from 2006 to 2008 and has been a member of the AutoTrader board since 2004.
Schwartz resides in Atlanta with his wife Sue and has two grown married children, Jonathan and Stephanie, and three grandchildren. He enjoys golf, working out and cycling.