Cox Automotive Names Michele Parks as New Chief People Officer

Originally published at Cox Communications ranked No. 32 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.


Michele Parks has been named chief people officer of Cox Automotive, leading a team responsible for recruiting, developing and managing talent for more than 25 brands. Parks, in her new role, will report to Steve Rowley, president of Cox Automotive.

“I’m excited that Michele chose to join us because I believe she’s the right leader to continue the evolution of the team,” said Rowley. “She’ll ensure that the team’s vision and capabilities continue to keep pace with our fast-moving business, which will be especially important as we continue implementing our strategic growth plan.”

Previously, Parks served as senior vice president of HR service delivery at Cox Communications. Parks has been a key leader in COVID-related employee support efforts across the enterprise over the last 15 months and has years of expertise in employee relations, service delivery, executive development, talent management, EEOC & compliance, and recruitment. Michele came to Cox in 2006 with experience from Walt Disney World Resorts and Charter Communications. She holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in HR management.