Cox Enterprises has named Steve Rowley as the new president of Cox Automotive, effective Aug. 3, and will take over for current president and CEO Sandy Schwartz, who moves to a role as CEO of the Cox Family Office.
Rowley joins Cox Automotive from his role as executive vice president of Cox Business, the commercial division of Cox Communications, the company said. His leadership has helped transform Cox Business into a large growth engine for Cox Communications through operational execution and acquisition. Rowley brings deep experience leading through change and disruption in the wireless, cable, and telco industries.
Cox Automotive includes brands such as Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Dealertrack, vAuto, and Manheim.
As president of Cox Automotive, Rowley will immediately begin working with Schwartz to transition duties and oversight of the company with a focus on engaging with dealer customers.
“Cox Automotive is helping the industry make a sharp right turn toward technology and digitization and I’m ready to listen to our customers and give them innovative solutions for the way forward. I grew up dreaming about fast sports cars, and now I can drive forward the company with the most horsepower in the automotive market,” Rowley said.
Replacing Rowley as the head of Cox Business is Keith Holmes, senior vice president of residential sales for Cox Communications. Under his leadership, the residential sales team continued to adapt and find new ways to drive sales and retain customers in an ultra-competitive marketplace. Holmes brings 30 years of experience to this new role and held several leadership positions at AT&T prior to joining Cox Communications.