Juliette Pryor, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Cox Enterprises. (Courtesy photo)
Juliette Pryor, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Cox Enterprises. (Courtesy photo)

After seven years as the top lawyer at US Foods, Juliette Pryor is making a move to Cox Enterprises.

The Atlanta-based communications, media and automotive services company announced today the appointment of Pryor as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective immediately. She succeeds Shauna Muhl, who will retire at the end of the year after 22 years with Cox, including seven years as GC.

At US Foods, Pryor oversaw all legal, risk management and ethics and compliance functions. Before joining that Chicago company in 2005, she was counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and worked in-house at IBM and served as GC at e.spire Communications, a publicly-traded telecom in Washington D.C.

In her new role, Pryor will lead Cox’s legal function and serve as a strategic legal adviser to the senior leadership team, the company said in a statement.

“Juliette comes to us at a critical time in our growth trajectory,” Cox Enterprises executive vice president and chief financial officer Dallas Clement said in the statement. “With a wide range of public and private corporate legal experience, she is a highly accomplished and experienced general counsel who has been integral to critical and often, transformative corporate transactions. I look forward to working closely with her as we build on a strong foundation to ensure our company’s future success.”

Cox Enterprises, a privately-held media conglomerate, has revenues of $18 billion. The company has several subsidiaries: Cox Media Group, which owns newspapers, radio and TV stations, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB locally; Cox Communications, the cable and Internet division; and Cox Automotive, including Manheim, an auto-auction company, and Autotrader.

As GC, Muhl oversaw a legal department of 22, including 10 attorneys, three administrative assistants, a technologist and eight paralegals, according to a 2013 Daily Report profile of the department.

Pryor holds degrees from Fisk University, the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University Law Center.