Steve Pruett, Executive Chairman of Cox Media Group, will serve as the Interim Chief Executive Officer until a permanent Chief Executive Officer is appointed soon. Pruett stated, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we would like to thank Kim for her decades of service to Cox Media Group and her leadership during the Company’s transition to new ownership. She has been instrumental in positioning CMG for future success as an industry-leading media company.” Guthrie will work with Pruett on an orderly transition.
Guthrie said, “We have built a strong foundation for future growth, including an exceptional senior management team, a successful carveout from Cox Enterprises, and deep, long-term relationships with our communities, customers and partners. I have full confidence in this great team at CMG and I look forward to watching CMG’s future achievements.”
Based in Atlanta, Guthrie oversaw the operations of 33 broadcast television stations, 54 radio stations, dozens of digital sites and national advertising services including CoxReps, Gamut, Cox Local Solutions, Cox Healthcare Marketing and Cox Custom Research.
Guthrie had with Cox Media Group since 1998, when she joined the company as VP/General Manager for its Long Island, New York radio station group. She went on to serve as EVP of Radio where she was responsible for all programming, operations and sales for CMG’s radio division, and then Executive Vice President of National Ad Platforms where she held the role of President at CoxReps, overseeing the country’s biggest television rep firm and Gamut, a multi-platform advertising organization.
Since 2014, she has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). She is also on the board of directors for the Broadcasters Foundation of America and the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation. She is a multi-year honoree as Radio Ink magazine’s “Most Powerful People in Radio” and “Most Influential Women in Radio.” She also was named “Woman of Distinction” by the March of Dimes, “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the “Trailblazer Award” by the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio group (MIW) and was awarded the “Women Who Lead” honor by the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM).