Shirley Powell is senior vice president of communications and industry relations at Cox Automotive, a global automotive services and software company whose vision is to transform the way the world buys, sells, owns and uses cars. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of family owned Cox Enterprises, Inc.

Based in Atlanta, Powell leads and manages the day-to-day operations of the company’s communications organization, which includes internal and executive communications, industry relations, and reputation and crisis management.

Powell joined Cox Automotive with more than 25 years of strategic communications experience in the media industry, having held senior communications roles at The Weather Channel, Turner Broadcasting System, NBC Entertainment and Disney Channel.

Powell has a passion for serving the community and has served on the board of directors for several Atlanta-based non-profit organizations. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia.