Cox Enterprises Grows Corporate Strategy and Investments Team
April 5, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Cox Enterprises today announced that David Blau and Tim Howe have joined the company’s corporate strategy and investments team. Blau serves as vice president of corporate strategy and investments, and Howe is senior director of corporate strategy and investments. Both report to Duncan O’Brien, Cox Enterprises’ senior vice president and general manager of corporate strategy and investments.
“Our Corporate Strategy and Investments team is focused on growing and diversifying Cox’s portfolio of companies. We hired great talent like Duncan O’Brien to make this possible and are continuing to do so with David Blau and Tim Howe,” said Cox Enterprises’ Executive Vice President Alex Taylor. “This savvy group is identifying exciting, new opportunities that align with our values and hopefully make the world a better place.”
Blau spent 19 years with Cox Communications, the company’s broadband communications and entertainment division, and served in various leadership roles. He helped Cox develop, build, and operate successful businesses operations in Las Vegas and Nebraska, as well as helped launch Cox Home Security and Cox Tech Solutions. Most recently, he led the company’s efforts to expand into adjacent areas in communications infrastructure and healthcare through several strategic acquisitions and investments, including Easy Tel, EdgeConnex, Trapollo and InSite Wireless Group.
Prior to Cox, Blau served as senior accountant for Deloitte. He earned a bachelor and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida. He serves on the board of directors for InSite Wireless Group and the Chastain Park Conservancy.
Among other activities, Howe oversees Cox’s partnership with Techstars, which is spurring entrepreneurship in Atlanta and accelerating technology start-ups. He was most recently an executive at the General Electric Company with a 15-year career that focused on business operations and corporate development. He was the process excellence leader for GE’s Distributed Power business where he led business integration and process simplification globally. Previously, Howe was a managing director and integration leader for GE’s Global Growth and Operations in China where he was responsible for joint venture portfolio management, strategy and M&A.
He serves as a virtual business advisor for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative with Babson College, an initiative designed to help entrepreneurs create jobs through better access to education, capital and business support services. Howe earned a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial studies from Babson College.
About Cox Enterprises:
Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of $18 billion and approximately 55,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms). The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak. To learn more about Cox's commitment to people, sustainability and our communities, please visit CoxCSRReport.com.