Angus Haig, Cox Automotive Group

A longtime top global lawyer at The Coca-Cola Co. is making a move to Cox Automotive Inc.

The Atlanta-based automotive services company announced Thursday the appointment of Angus Haig as senior vice president and general counsel, effective April 9. He succeeds Peter Cassat, who resigned from the company earlier this year, a Cox Automotive spokeswoman said in an email. Haig will report to Executive Vice President and CFO Mark Bowser.

Haig spent 19 years at Coke, holding various counsel positions of increasing responsibility in Shanghai, London, Sydney, Atlanta and Tokyo. Most recently, he was international GC Asia-Pacific and GC  Japan. Haig has been based in Atlanta since 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Before moving to Sydney to become division marketing counsel for Coca-Cola South Pacific in 1998, the Adelaide, Australia, native worked as an associate to a judge on the Supreme Court of South Australia and then as a solicitor in Adelaide for several years.

In his new role, Haig will work closely with the Cox Automotive executive team and cross-functional leadership teams to determine the company’s risk mitigation strategy and support its business operations.

In a statement, Haig said he is excited to join Cox Automotive as the team continues its rapid evolution and growth.

“Understanding the diverse challenges and complexity that global companies face, I am eagerly looking forward to applying my skills and experience … to ensure Cox Automotive remains nimble, strategic and diligent in an ever increasingly competitive environment,” he said.

Cox Automotive, which has more than 20 brands, including the Manheim auto-auction company and the Autotrader online retailer has more than 34,000 employees in more than 100 counties. It is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., a privately held media conglomerate with revenue of $18 billion.

Haig holds both undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Adelaide. He serves on the board of the International Dyslexia Association and is a member of the board of The Howard School, which specializes in educating children with learning differences and disabilities in Atlanta.