Cox Enterprises has named Sanford “Sandy” Schwartz the president of the company’s newspaper division.
A company news release says the 55-year-old Schwartz replaces Jay Smith as head of Cox Newspapers starting May 1. Smith is retiring after 37 years.
Schwartz has been with Cox for 23 years, serving as an editor, publisher and vice president. His most recent role has been president of Cox Auto Trader, which runs AutoTrader.com. He will continue in that job.
The Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises includes cable television distributor Cox Communications, 17 daily newspapers, 26 non-daily newspapers, 15 TV stations, a majority ownership of 80 radio stations and an auto auction business. Cox Newspapers includes The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Palm Beach Post in Florida, the Austin American-Statesman in Texas and the Dayton Daily News in Ohio.