Billy Farina Named To Head Cox Reps
Cox Media Group has finally moved to replace David Palmer and Jason Morrow, the former president and COO, respectively, of Cox Reps.
Named to run the rep firm as well as Videa and Gamut is Billy Farina, who headed Cox Media Inc., the advertising division of Cox Communications, the cable arm of parent Cox Enterprises.
He’ll start Sept. 17 with the title of president of national ad platforms.
The company says Cox Reps now represents more than 350 stations in the national ad market. Gamut is a digital media services company. Videa is trying to established itself as automated sales platform in TV broadcasting.
Palmer and Murrow, who were appointed to their Cox Reps posts in October 2016, quietly left the company over the summer, sparking much speculation as to why.
CMG declined to address the speculation. The official word from the unit is that Palmer retired and Murrow “resigned.”
In a statement, CMG CFO Brett Fennell said Farina brings 30 years of national advertising experience to the job. “With his deep business acumen and keen focus on innovation and operational excellence, I am confident in Billy’s leadership and excited to welcome him to CMG.”
Farina has headed Cox Media Inc. since 2005, the company said. Under his leadership, the unit nearly quadrupled in size.
Iarina was an early adopter of digital platforms, “driving significant digital revenue growth for CMI by securing alliances with nontraditional partners and entering data-driven programmatic channels,”
Farina serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Canoe Ventures, the Video Advertising Bureau and NCC Media.