Cox Businesses

Cox Enterprises

Cox Enterprises is a private, family-owned communications, automotive services and media company with more than $20 billion in 2016 revenues and nearly 60,000 employees globally.

Nearly 120 years ago, company founder James M. Cox astutely saw the importance of the emerging media of the era – newspapers and later, radio and television. He began the company with the purchase of a single newspaper in Dayton, Ohio and went on to launch the first television station in the South – WSB-TV.

Today, Cox continues to connect people, whether through digital news and information, high-speed Internet access or automotive solutions. The company’s major consumer-facing brands include newspapers like The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio. Cox Communications, the third-largest cable provider in the nation serves more than 6 million customers. Savvy car buyers rely on brands such as Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book for information they can trust. Through Cox Automotive, the company’s international business stretches across Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America.

With four generations of family ownership, Cox is an American business success story. Its leaders are proven business operators who also embrace innovation. The company’s executives plan for future growth by empowering employees to seek new opportunities and by encouraging bold actions. At the same time, the Cox values of hard work, integrity and respect for others remain as true today as when the company began in 1898.

Accelerating Innovation

In 2015, Cox Enterprises announced a partnership with Techstars, an internationally recognized accelerator that boosts entrepreneurs’ early-stage business and product development efforts through focused education, mentorship and funding.

Alex Taylor, president and chief executive officer, wanted to support entrepreneurs and encourage innovative ideas in Atlanta’s emerging start-up ecosystem. The city, with its educated, diverse and growing population, has the potential to be a major hub for tech innovation but lacked a global accelerator program.

One year later, Techstars Atlanta welcomed its first class of 10 companies from a global pool of applicants. For 90 days, the founders worked in a creative space in the heart of midtown Atlanta where they received expert counsel and support from a network of more than 100 local mentors, including dozens of Cox employees. The program concluded with a Demo Day presentation during which the founders pitched their companies to Cox executives and a crowd of more than 800 at Atlanta’s famed Tabernacle. The next class begins in August 2017. Through this partnership, Cox will catalyze further connections, innovation and economic growth in Atlanta.


Our story as a company began nearly 120 years ago, and new chapters are still being written as we continue to evolve and grow our businesses and transform our products and services. To share that story in a new and compelling way, in 2016 we opened a state-of-the-art Discovery Center in the lobby of the Central Park building of our Atlanta Campus.

The Center’s high-tech exhibits are designed to capture the full spectrum of our company’s story – past, present and future. Historical displays trace our origins back to Governor Cox’s purchase of the Dayton Evening News in 1898 and continue through our expansion and diversification in the decades that followed. The Center offers insider details and news about Cox businesses today, and includes interactive features that invite employees to share their voices and experiences with those of other Cox employees. The Center’s features and content can also be accessed by employees online. So now, all 60,000 of our team members – across the country and across the world – can deepen their understanding of Cox operations, heritage, values and plans for continued progress.

$20 billion

annual revenues





6 million

customers served by Cox Communications


rank among third-party car shopping sites (Autotrader)


radio stations owned by
Cox Media Group