Chicago—January 22, 2007—Cars.com announced today the promotion of Maureen Taylor to director of national accounts. In her new role, Taylor will lead Cars.com's national dealer business, strengthening current partnerships and developing new business opportunities. Spearheading relationships with the nation's largest dealer groups, she'll work with partners such as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, CarMax, Auto Finance, AutoNation, Inc., DCH Auto Group, United Auto Group, Inc., Lithia Motors, Inc., Sonic Automotive, Inc., and Group 1 Automotive, Inc. to optimize their online performance and develop new opportunities to reach online car buyers.
"Maureen's extensive knowledge of the online automotive category, passion for success and commitment to customer service will be an asset to our clients," said Alex Vetter, Cars.com's senior vice president of sales. "I'm proud to have her leading our efforts and working with our top national partners to help drive their success."
A Cars.com sales management veteran, Taylor joined Cars.com in 2002 as an affiliate sales manager, working with newspaper partners to drive local sales success. Most recently, Taylor served as affiliate sales director, managing channel relationships for media companies Belo and The McClatchy Company. She has played a critical role in growing Cars.com's local dealer network, working in markets across the country to build effective online solutions, sales strategies and marketing plans. Prior to joining Cars.com, Taylor began her career in internet advertising by working as a computer consultant in website design and usability for leading firms such as Accenture and Inforte.
"As the primary point of contact for our national dealer groups, I'll have the opportunity to work with some of the best e-dealers in the business," Taylor said. "We recognize the importance of our national relationships and I am excited to support our partners in their efforts to grow their business through our comprehensive online advertising solutions."
Partnered with more than 200 leading metro newspapers, television stations and their websites, Cars.com is the most comprehensive destination for those looking to buy or sell a new or used car. The site lists more than 2 million vehicles from 13,000 dealer customers, classified advertisers and private parties to offer consumers the best selection of new and used cars online, as well as the content, tools and advice to support their shopping experience. Recently selected by Forbes.com as a Best of the Web site for car shopping, Cars.com combines powerful inventory search tools and new-car configuration with pricing information, photo galleries, buying guides, side-by-side comparison tools, original editorial content and reviews to help millions of car shoppers connect with sellers each month.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including Belo (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).