Joshua Sommer is executive director of New Growth. In this role, he leads strategy and business development for Cox Communications’ New Growth division, the group that pursues innovative and disruptive business concepts and technology to spur new revenue streams for the largest private telecom company in the U.S. He is a passionate intrapreneur that disrupts the status quo. Believes in innovation and the advancements it can bring to humanity. In his rapidly shifting career path, Sommer has worked across the entire high-tech ecosystem: components, products, provider, and professional services companies.
Sommer entered telecommunications with Qualcomm and Kyocera, where he focused on product strategy for companies such as Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and Vodafone. Throughout his career, he has launched more than 200 consumer products. He joined Cox Communications in 2008 as part of the team preparing to launch a nationwide wireless service.
Following his first stint at Cox, Sommer joined Accenture to assist with a joint venture between Comcast and Verizon Wireless to develop innovative converged solutions. This became the foundation for the evolved Xfinity suite of products.
Sommer returned to Cox Communications in 2015 to lead strategic products and partnerships and helped formulate the Comcast relationship that leveraged the company’s additional product development resources for faster development cycles and more compelling experiences for Cox customers.
While earning his degree at San Diego State University (SDSU), Sommer played football as a middle linebacker. He also was a founding father of the Phi Kappa Theta chapter there and served two terms as chapter president.
Sommer has been elected as a Trustee of the Phi Kappa Theta Foundation. He was elected at the Fraternity’s national convention in Washington D.C. in July 2017. Sommer is a highly involved mentor for STEM Atlanta Women and Atlanta’s TechStars, as well as many other startup programs around the nation.