Atlanta - Mar 1, 2011 - Cox Enterprises announced today that Doug Franklin has been named president of Cox Media Group. He will report to Jimmy Hayes, president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises. Franklin succeeds Sandy Schwartz who has been named president of Cox's automotive services subsidiary, Manheim.
In his new role, Franklin will be responsible for managing Cox Media Group (CMG), Cox Enterprises' integrated broadcasting, publishing and digital media subsidiary. CMG operates 15 broadcast television stations; 86 radio stations; eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, more than 100 digital services and Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America.
Franklin most recently served as executive vice president of Cox Media Group where his responsibilities included overseeing radio, television, newspaper and digital operations. He previously served as publisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Palm Beach Post. He also has served as president and CEO of Cox Ohio Publishing and publisher of the Dayton Daily News. Franklin joined Cox more than 30 years ago as a door-to-door circulation solicitor from Dayton.
Schwartz has been appointed president of Cox subsidiary, Manheim. Manheim is the world's leading provider of vehicle remarketing services.
Alex Taylor as its new Executive Vice President based at the company's headquarters in Atlanta. Taylor was most recently Group Vice President of CMG Ohio. Taylor is responsible for overseeing the Atlanta and Dayton media markets. Previously, he oversaw CMG's newspaper, television and radio properties in the Dayton and Louisville markets.