Dallas Clement's 20-year cable career with Cox is over now that AutoTrader.com announced yesterday that he had joined the company as its chief financial officer.
AutoTrader is majority-owned by Cox Enterprises, which is also Cox Communications' parent company. In the past, AutoTrader enjoyed success as a print publication for the sale of automobiles in large markets around the nation, but now it focuses on auto sales through various online entities and an automobile software company.
"Dallas is a seasoned and respected financial executive whose rich set of experiences and capabilities will be a significant addition to AutoTrader.com," said AutoTrader President and CEO Chip Perry. "With his 20-year tenure at both Cox Enterprises and Cox Communications, I am confident that Dallas will add considerable value as we continue to manage AutoTrader.com for long-term success."
Prior to leaving, Clement was executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Cox. Last year, his job changed from executive vice president and chief strategy and product officer to executive vice president and chief strategy officer around the time that former Cox CTO Scott Hatfield left the company.
Clement joined Cox in 1990 as a policy analyst and was later promoted to manager of investment planning and director of finance.
Clement served four years as the treasurer of Cox during which he was responsible for financial planning and analysis, capital structure, banking relationships, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations. In 1995, Clement was named assistant treasurer for Cox Enterprises.
Clement was well known in the cable industry during his tenure at Cox. In addition to speaking at numerous cable conferences and events, he received the National Cable Television Association's Vanguard Award for Young Leadership in 2004.