Cox Enterprises has named Erin McCandless vice president of commercial operations. She will report to Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Jennifer Hightower and be based in Atlanta.
In this role, McCandless will serve as a key advisor to Cox senior leaders on legal risks and legal strategy for the businesses, including newly acquired businesses. She will oversee legal strategy for commercial operations and integration of acquired companies for Cox and will lead a team responsible for the day-to-day operational and integration matters. McCandless and her team will also support corporate functions such as real estate, marketing and aviation.
“Erin is a proven leader with a commitment to Cox's core principle of doing the right thing — always. She's the right person to guide our legal strategy as Cox continues to grow, transform and diversify our businesses,” said Hightower.
Previously, McCandless was vice president and deputy general counsel at Cox Automotive. She joined Cox Automotive in 2015 through its acquisition of Dealertrack Technologies.
Before joining Dealertrack, McCandless served as director of legal affairs for infoUSA (now infoGroup) and as vice president, administration and legal affairs at Data Transmission Network in Omaha, Neb. She started her career in law firms, including civil litigation, criminal defense and commercial transactions.
McCandless earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, and a master’s in business from the University of Nebraska. She serves on the advisory board of the Atlanta chapter of The Posse Foundation and is a graduate of 2020 class of Inspire Atlanta, a community impact program supporting the Atlanta Women’s Foundation.