Cox Media Group Houston Promotes Judy Lakin to Director of Sales, Alana Thomas to General Sales Manager

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HOUSTON – April 24, 2013 – Cox Media Group (CMG) Houston has named Judy Lakin as its new Director of Sales for the cluster.  In this role, Lakin will oversee the entire sales department, and continue to be responsible for the Country Combo (KKBQ/KTHT).  Additionally, Alana Thomas is CMG Houston’s new General Sales Manager for KGLK.  Thomas’ primary responsibility will be on the market’s classic hits leader, The Eagle, but she will work closely with Lakin on cluster opportunities. Both positions are effective immediately. 

Lakin joined Cox in 2000 and has been General Sales Manager of KKBQ and KTHT for more than 12 years.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston and Houston Advertising Federation of America.  

Thomas has been with CMG for seven years. Her career includes five years as Account Manager for KKBQ/KTHT, eight months at the Austin American-Statesman and one year as local sales manager for the CMG Houston cluster.  She is currently involved with the Media Alliance of Houston and has served on the Houston Works Board since 2011.

“I am extremely proud of Judy and Alana and that we’re able to promote such amazing sales talent from within CMG,” said CMG Houston VP and Market Manager Mark Krieschen.  “Both of these women are proven winners, solid leaders in the advertising community, and deserving of their new roles at CMG.  Judy and Alana will be hiring a new local sales manager for the cluster soon.”

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps.  Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s operations currently include 19 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 88 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.  CMG currently operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 32 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com