Mary Ellen Marcilliat-Falkner is Cox Media Group’s Senior VP & Chief People Officer. Mary Ellen previously served as Sr. VP of HR Business Partners and HR Operations at Cox Automotive.
In this role, Mary Ellen leads a team of HR professionals that focus on talent management and succession planning, performance management, employee development, compensation, benefits administration, employee relations, compliance and best practices in people-related practices. In addition, Mary Ellen also oversees CMG Corporate Communications, which includes employee communications, media relations and corporate social media efforts.
Mary Ellen is a proven Cox leader, with over 20 years in the Automotive business. At Cox Automotive and Manheim, Mary Ellen held roles of increasing responsibility in People Strategies and Finance. In her most recent role, she led the team of client-facing HR business partners and employment practices professionals who provided consultative support to all U.S. based businesses and corporate functions.
Previously, she was director of finance operations, where she led the West region finance team to enhance focus on strategic partnerships and develop as leaders. Prior to joining Finance in January 2014, Mary Ellen was senior director of HR operations and administration, where she launched Manheim’s Employee Service Center, oversaw the Global People Survey, and implemented a number of processes and tools to improve efficiency and operational effectiveness. She also held positions in team member engagement, employment practices, and HR business partnerships, and brings unique perspectives from her time in corporate combined with 10 years in the field at Manheim Nevada.
Mary Ellen is on the board of directors for Women in Technology, an organization that serves as a passionate advocate for women of all ages in Georgia’s science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) community. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas with a bachelor’s in accounting and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.
Mary Ellen is passionate about animals and the environment and is a member of many organizations that protect them, like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, National Resource Defense Council, World Wildlife Federation, the Humane Society and the Audubon Society.