Mae Douglas was appointed executive vice president and chief people officer for Cox Communications in 2000. She is responsible for setting the human capital strategy in support of Cox’s long term strategy and operating plans. She works with the executive team to drive talent management and development, organizational development, employee engagement, labor relations, diversity and inclusion, rewards and workforce analytics and human resources technology systems.
Under her leadership, Cox Communications has received recognition for its people practices from Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and Working Mother Media as Best Operator For Women each year from 2003 – 2010 for pay, advancement and resources for employees; Training Magazine Top 125 for workforce raining and development from 2005 to 2010; DiversityInc Top 50 companies for Diversity and Inclusion from 2006 to 2011; Cable World Best Company in Cable from 2005 to 2007, and CTHRA (Cable Television Human Resources Association) Excellence Award in 2008.
Douglas joined CableRep, Cox’s advertising sales division, in 1995 as human resources consultant. She was promoted to Regional Vice President of Ad Sales for CableRep in 1999. Douglas joined Cox from Ciba-Geigy Corporation in Greensboro, NC, where she was responsible for all human resources functions for one of their operating divisions.
She has served on the board of directors for the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and was formerly a board member for the Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) Foundation.
In 2002, Douglas was selected as a Woman to Watch by WICT and in 2003 she was selected as a Wonder Woman by WICT and MultiChannel News, an industry media partner. She has been listed among the top minorities in cable, was presented the first Pioneer award for outstanding leadership and commitment to diversity by NAMIC Atlanta as part of its 25 year celebration; and The Kaitz Foundation, an organization that advances the contributions of multi-ethnic and women professionals in the cable telecommunications industry; has named her a diversity champion. In 2011 she was awarded the Vanguard Award for Leadership by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA). Savoy Magazine listed her among their Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America in 2005 and 2008.
She is also a member of the Chief Human Resources Officer Inner Circle, the Executive Leadership Council, Society of Human Resources Management, and National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. She has also served on the Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation to improve the quality of healthcare services for metro Atlanta’s indigent, uninsured and critical care patients.
Douglas is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where she earned a B.A. degree in Sociology.