Alex Taylor is president and chief executive officer of Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company with nearly $20 billion in annual revenues and more than 50,000 employees worldwide. He is responsible for the company and its major subsidiaries: Cox Communications and Cox Automotive, as well as the Cox Family Office and corporate functions including financial operations, human resources and administration. Taylor serves on Cox Enterprises’ board of directors and is the great-grandson of James M. Cox, who founded the company in 1898.
During his 19-year career at Cox, Taylor has held numerous positions within the company. Taylor previously served as chief operating officer of Cox Enterprises, where he had oversight of the company’s three subsidiaries, as well as its long-term growth and investment plans. He also served as senior vice president of field operations for Cox Communications, the company’s broadband and cable division. As executive vice president of Cox Media Group, he oversaw its largest television, radio, newspaper and digital properties, and led the creation of the company’s first cross-platform newsroom. Taylor began his career as a reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel in Colorado.
Taylor is a board member of the Food Well Alliance and PATH Foundation, a member of the Carter Center Board of Councilors and a former board chair of American Rivers. He received his bachelor’s degree in human and organizational development from Vanderbilt University, where he now serves on the board of trust. An avid outdoorsman and conservationist, he is the author of “The Longest Cast: The Fly-Fishing Journey of a Lifetime.” He donated the royalties from the book to the International Game Fishing Association for the preservation of endangered fishing sanctuaries.