A Message from Our President and CEO
We’re coming into the final stretch of 2018 and it’s been a big year so far.
For Cox Communications, it’s been a year of investment and bringing gigabit fiber to our entire footprint. We were the first broadband company to do it, and by the end of the year, 80 percent of our entire customer base will have access. This sets the stage for a future of connectivity like never before — smart cities, the “internet of things,” ConnectedHome, TeleHealth and more. On the commercial side, Cox Business is on track to reach its goals this year, and the new businesses we’ve acquired are performing well. It’s been a year of success for the entire CCI team.
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. Our new Retail Solutions group combines the media and software businesses into a portfolio focused on growing e-commerce in auto retail. We also have a new team exploring opportunities in mobility as a service as well.
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 2019, and I'm excited to continue working with you to help build a better future for all of us. Have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones.
President and Chief Executive Officer