Cox Enterprises Promotes Joab Lesesne to Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs


Cox Enterprises today announced that Joab “Joey” Lesesne has been promoted to senior vice president of public policy and government affairs, effective immediately. He reports to Dallas Clement, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

“As a diversified company, Cox Enterprises is impacted by regulation that spans multiple industries,” said Clement. “Joey does a tremendous job sharing Cox’s perspective on important issues and ensures that our employees and customers best interests are always considered in policy decisions.”

Lesesne is responsible for developing and implementing public policy strategies for all Cox businesses and representing the company before Congress and federal government agencies. He also leads Cox’s Public Policy office in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Cox in 2007, he served as a vice president at Timmons and Company, where he assisted clients in formulating and implementing individualized strategies for working with Capitol Hill and the Administration. Prior to joining Timmons and Co., he served 13 years on the staff of Senator Ernest  F. Hollings and from 1999 to 2005 served as the Senator’s chief of staff. In this capacity, he advised the Senator on votes, policy statements, speeches, amendments, legislation and other official business, as well as coordinated the Senator's projects and policy initiatives. He was also an attorney at Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough in Columbia, S.C.

Lesesne is a member of the Birmingham-Southern College Alumni Board and was the 2003 recipient of the Compleat Lawyer Award. Given by the University of South Carolina's School of Law Alumni Association, the award recognizes alumni for outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. Lesesne is a member of the Wofford College Presidential Advisory Counsel.

He graduated cum laude with a degree in history from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. He earned his juris doctor from The University of South Carolina and is a member of the Bars of South Carolina and District of Columbia.

About Cox Enterprises:
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of $18 billion and approximately 60,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms).

The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Manheim. Through Cox Automotive, the company's international operations stretch across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. To learn more about Cox's commitment to people, sustainability and our communities, please visit

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