Geitner replaces Rowe at Cox Automotive

11 Aug 2016
Brian Geitner

Brian Geitner, new president of Cox Automotive Media Solutions Group

Brian Geitner will be the new president of Cox Automotive’s Media Solutions Group. He is replacing Jared Rowe, who is leaving the company “for a new opportunity outside of the automotive industry”, according to the company.

Geitner will oversee Cox Automotive’s AutoTrader, Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com brands. He has been at the company since 2012, first as CEO of Dealer Service Corp., and then – since 2015 – as president of the Financial Solutions Group. He also served as president of NextGear Capital.

Rowe joined the company in 2010, and was most recently president of both AutoTrader and Kelley Blue Book. He is a long-time auto guy, with roles at FordDirect, Autobytel and Central Atlantic Toyota Distributors, before joining Cox.

Geitner will report to Mark O’Neil, COO of Cox Automotive. He will start on Aug. 15.

A Q&A with Rowe appeared just two days ago on the Auto Remarketing website. Rowe didn’t indicate he was on his way out.

Here’s the full release.

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Brian Blum

Brian Blum covers the U.S., Canada and Israel for Classified Intelligence Report, and contributes to our special reports and research projects. Originally from San Francisco and now based in Jerusalem, he has been with the AIM Group since 2004. He is the president of Blum Interactive Media, specializing in writing and multimedia content development for online, print, video and audio. His clients include newspapers, universities and non-profits. He is currently working on a book about the billion-dollar bankruptcy of a once high-flying Israeli startup.