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Cox Enterprises announces executive leadership transition

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Staff writer | Atlanta, Ga., USA | April 24, 2013
Jimmy W. HayesCox Enterprises, a communications company, announced that its president and CEO Jimmy W. Hayes will retire from Cox in April, 2014.
Mr. Hayes is president and chief executive officer for Cox Enterprises, a communications, media and automotive services company.

He serves on Cox Enterprises' board of directors and its Executive Strategy Committee.

Mr. Hayes previously served as president and chief operating officer for Cox Enterprises from 2005 to 2008 and as executive vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Cox Communications from 1999 to 2005.

From 1995 to 1999, when Cox Communications was a NYSE listed public company, Mr. Hayes served as senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Mr. Hayes joined the company in 1980 as an accounting manager.

He was promoted in 1981 to assistant controller and in 1982 was named a corporate officer.

In 1989, he joined Cox Cable as vice president of finance before being promoted to senior vice president of finance in 1992.

When Cox Cable became publicly-traded Cox Communications in 1995, Mr. Hayes added the title of chief financial officer to his duties.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Hayes holds bachelors and master's degrees in accounting.

He also completed Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development in 1989.

Mr. Hayes will continue serving as a member of the Cox Enterprises board of directors.

Effective May 1, John M. Dyer will be named chief operating officer of Cox Enterprises and will succeed Mr. Hayes as president and chief executive officer upon Mr. Hayes' retirement next year.

A 36-year Cox veteran, Mr. Dyer currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cox Enterprises, a position he has held since 2008.

He began his career at Cox in 1977 as internal auditor and in 1980, joined the company's broadband communications and entertainment subsidiary, Cox Communications, as a financial analyst.

He later served as manager of capital asset planning and director of operations before joining Times Mirror Cable, where he was regional vice president of operations and vice president of operations.

Mr. Dyer returned to Cox Communications as vice president of financial planning and analysis when Cox acquired Times Mirror in 1995.

In 1998, Mr. Dyer was named Cox Communications' senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions, where he helped acquire more than two million subscribers.

He also served as senior vice president of operations for Cox Communications' Western Division, which includes operations in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.

Mr. Dyer served as Cox Communications' chief financial officer before assuming the role of Cox Enterprises' executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2008.

He is a member of the Cox Enterprises board of directors and serves on the board of trustees for the Marcus Autism Center.

Douglas E. Franklin will succeed Mr. Dyer to become executive vice president and chief financial officer of Cox Enterprises, effective May 1.

Mr. Franklin currently serves as president of Cox Media Group, a position he has held since 2011.

Previously serving as Executive Vice President of Newspapers for Cox Media Group.

Mr. Franklin also has served as publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, publisher of The Palm Beach Post, president and chief executive officer of Cox Ohio Publishing, publisher of the Dayton Daily News and executive vice president, general manager and business manager of Dayton Newspapers.

He joined the company more than 30 years ago as a door-to-door circulation solicitor.

Succeeding Mr. Franklin as president of Cox Media Group will be Bill Hoffman, who currently serves as an executive vice president at Cox Media Group.

Prior to serving as Executive Vice President, Mr. Hoffman was vice president and general manager of the company's WSB-TV in Atlanta.

He joined Cox in 1979 as an account representative at TeleRep and has held a number of roles within the company.

Those include vice president and general manager of WFTV 9 in Orlando, local sales manager at WSB-TV, office manager at Atlanta's TeleRep office and national sales manager at WPXI in Pittsburgh.

He also served as local and national sales manager of WCCO in Minneapolis, Minn.

Mr. Hoffman serves on the ABC board of governors as its current chairman.


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