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Kevin Filan to head retail, Stephen Smith inventory & financial

Cox Automotive Names Marketing Leaders For Retail Solutions And Inventory And Financial Solutions


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ATLANTA, Sept. 22, 2016 – Cox Automotive, a leading provider of digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions across the automotive industry, has named Kevin Filan vice president of Retail Solutions Marketing.

In this role, Filan will oversee marketing strategy for Cox Automotive’s digital retail solutions brands including Dealertrack, HomeNet Automotive, vAuto, VinSolutions and Xtime. Filan will continue to report to John Kovac, Senior Vice President, Cox Automotive Marketing.

“Kevin has demonstrated great success marketing our Inventory Solutions and Financial Solutions brands,” said Kovac. “I am confident that the leadership he brings to this new role will help us meet Cox Automotive’s strategic marketing goals.”

Filan previously served as vice president, Inventory and Financial Solutions Marketing, where he oversaw marketing strategy for Manheim and NextGear Capital, as well Central Dispatch, DealShield, Ready Logistics and RMS Automotive. He has been with the company in various leadership roles since 2011.

Before joining Cox Automotive, Filan spent nearly five years at Ford Motor Company working on both the OEM and dealer sides of the business.

“The brands comprising Cox Automotive Retail Solutions are helping transform the automotive retail experience,” said Filan. “I look forward to supporting the group’s goal of helping dealers to provide a more effective  shopping, buying and ownership experience.”

Stephen Smith, former vice president of product management for Cox Automotive Inventory Solutions, has been selected to fill Filan’s recent role. Smith will oversee marketing for Manheim, Next Gear Capital and several other brands. Smith joined Cox Automotive in 2013 as senior director of customer marketing and took his position as vice president of product management in October 2015. Previously, Smith spent nearly 10 years in leadership roles at Newell Rubbermaid.

“I am thrilled to lead the marketing efforts for our seven inventory and financial solutions brands,” said Smith. “Our team will continue to ensure that our product offerings are aligned to best support our clients and the industry.”


About Cox Automotive

Cox Automotive Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, Xtime® and a host of other brands. The global company has 33,000 team members in more than 200 locations and is partner to more than 40,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, while engaging U.S. consumer car buyers with the most recognized media brands in the industry. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues of $18 billion and approximately 60,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.

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