Necole Merritt Named Vice President of Public Affairs for Cox Communications
Atlanta, GA

ATLANTA – The appointment of Necole Merritt to Vice President of Public Affairs for Cox Communications Inc. was announced today by Jim Hatcher, Senior Vice President of Law and Policy.

In her new role, Merritt will be responsible for national public affairs strategies and programs to enhance the company's reputation. She will oversee Cox's media relations, product communications, community relations and employee communications activities. She will work closely with local Cox operations on issues of national interest and serve as communications counsel to Cox management.

In making the announcement, Hatcher said, "Necole has extensive experience in corporate communications and is a veteran of the telecommunications industry. She has a track record of developing and implementing successful public affairs initiatives and is well-suited for this new role."

Prior to joining Cox, Merritt served as Executive Director of Corporate Communications for AT&T. Previously, from 1999 - 2006, she held multiple senior level corporate communications positions for the former BellSouth Corporation in media relations, reputation management, internal, executive, public policy and marketing communications. Merritt began her career over 19 years ago as a member of the media launch team for Saturn Corporation.

Merritt earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a master's degree in Communications from California State University Northridge.

An active member of the Atlanta community, Merritt is an adjunct communications instructor at Georgia Perimeter College; serves as a big sister with Cool Girls Inc.; a member of the marketing committee for Imagine It!, The Children's Museum of Atlanta; a member of the nominating committee for the Northwest Georgia Girl Scouts Council; and an officer in Northwestern University's Atlanta Alumni Club.

About Cox Communications:

Cox Communications is a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company with more than 6 million total residential and commercial customers. The third-largest cable television company in the United States, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services in affiliation with Sprint (NYSE: S). Cox Business is a full-service, facilities-based provider of communications solutions for commercial customers, providing high-speed Internet, voice and long distance services, as well as data and video transport services for small to large-sized businesses. Cox Media offers national and local cable advertising in traditional spot and new media formats, along with promotional opportunities and production services. Cox Communications wholly owns and operates the Travel Channel. More information about the services of Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at, y

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