Hightower’s role at Cox may be more vital than ever before, given the unprecedented competitive, regulatory and other changes facing the industry today. As someone who advises senior executives on policy and strategic initiatives, she says the biggest story in the industry this year is “unprecedented levels of regulatory interest in our business.” Now also serving as the company’s general counsel, Hightower seeks to expand and elevate the legal team’s role in overall planning objectives. She’s also on the internal planning team for 2017-18 company objectives, and a co-chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Governance team.

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