Cox Automotive today has promoted Lori Wittman as president of the company’s Retail Solutions group, which includes the marketplaces Autotrader.com and KBB.com (Kelley Blue Book).
The company has also promoted Amy Mills to the role of EVP and chief strategy officer. Both will report directly to Cox Automotive president Steve Rowley.
The appointments affirm “the company’s strong belief in the strength of a diverse and inclusive executive suite,” according to a company announcement.
As the top executive of the Retail Solutions group, Wittman oversees two marketplaces as well as subsidiaries Dealertrack, Dealer.com, VinSolutions and Xtime. Wittman, who most recently held the role of SVP of Dealer Software, takes over for Mills, who filled the position on an interim basis after Keith Jezek announced his retirement from Cox Automotive earlier this year.
“Lori has the perfect combination of business acumen, team building, decisiveness and future-forward vision to lead our powerful suite of Retail Solutions,” Rowley wrote in the announcement. “The momentum these businesses now carry is undeniable. Lori will continue to connect the automotive experience for the consumer and deliver unparalleled, transformational value to our dealer, lender and OEM clients.”
Leading the software solutions unit for six years, Wittman navigated recession, COVID-19, and the global supply shortage while fueling year-on-year revenue growth of nearly 20%, the announcement states. The unit serves 10,000 car dealerships and generates more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
“I am honored and deeply inspired to continue the outstanding work Cox Automotive Retail Solutions is known for,” Wittman wrote.
As SVP and chief strategy officer, Mills will drive the company’s strategy for growth and profitability, and will lead implementation of a decade-long plan she and her team devised.
Prior to the new appointment, Mills was VP of Strategy for Cox Automotive and before that served in several product, marketing, and operational roles at Cox Auto’s Manheim wholesaling division.
During her tenure at Manheim, she spearheaded the development of Manheim’s digital commerce solutions and marketing strategy for Manheim key customer accounts during the introduction of the Simulcast live bid platform in 2002.