Cox Media Group (CMG) has named Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner as its new Senior VP & Chief HR Officer, beginning Sept. 11. She succeeds Karen Bennett, who was named as Cox Communications’ new Executive VP & Chief HR Officer last month.
“Mary Ellen is a proven Cox leader, with over 20 years in the Automotive business, and she brings with her a strong understanding of our Cox values, most importantly that our employees are truly our most valuable resource,” said CMG President Kim Guthrie. “Cox is a special company that develops its people internally. This fosters an environment where we can promote our most talented leaders from within.”
“I am thrilled to join Cox Media Group and to work alongside Kim Guthrie and the respected CMG leadership team,” Marcilliat-Falkner. “As a long-time Cox employee, I have always admired our award-winning media brands and the unprecedented connection those businesses have with their communities and their customers.” She added, “I look forward to helping the company win with its people in this changing media landscape.”
At Cox Automotive and Manheim, Marcilliat-Falkner held roles of increasing responsibility in People Strategies and Finance. In her most recent role, she led the team of client-facing HR business partners and employment practices professionals who provide consultative support to all US based businesses and corporate functions. Previously, she was director of finance operations, where she led the West region finance team to enhance focus on strategic partnerships and develop as leaders. Prior to joining Finance in January 2014, Marcilliat-Falkner was senior director of HR operations and administration, where she launched Manheim’s Employee Service Center, oversaw the Global People Survey, and implemented a number of processes and tools to improve efficiency and operational effectiveness. She also held positions in team member engagement, employment practices, and HR business partnerships, and brings unique perspectives from her time in corporate combined with 10 years in the field at Manheim Nevada.
Marcilliat-Falkner is on the board of directors for Women in Technology, an organization that serves as passionate advocates for women of all ages in Georgia’s science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) community. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas with a bachelor’s in accounting and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.