Cox Automotive, Inc., a provider of digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale, and e-commerce solutions across the automotive industry, announced the appointment of Eric Jacobs as senior vice president, Corporate Development. In this position, Jacobs will lead strategic business development across Cox Automotive, including mergers and acquisitions. He will also continue to create partnerships that will further the success of Cox Automotive’s client portfolio. Jacobs will report directly to Cox Automotive Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Neil Johnston.

“Eric’s leadership and commitment to bringing the best solutions to the table for our customers made him the ideal choice to lead our business development efforts,” said Johnston. “As we look into the future and expand our footprint both domestically and internationally, he will help us to continue to create partnerships that will further the success of our clients.”

Jacobs was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Dealertrack Technologies, Inc., which was acquired by Cox Automotive on October 1, 2015. He brings more than 15 years of automotive experience to Cox Automotive, previously serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of Dealertrack Technologies and President of Dealertrack Canada.

Prior to working at Dealertrack Technologies, Jacobs was an attorney focusing on corporate mergers & acquisitions and securities law at O’Melveny & Meyers and an audit manager at KPMG. He received a J.D. from with honors Rutgers School of Law-Newark and a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Rider University and is a former Certified Public Accountant.