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January 18, 2011

Cox Announces Expanded Role for Its Senior VP

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

The renowned broadband communications and entertainment company, Cox Communications recently chalked out an expanded role for its senior vice president of operations Jill Campbell.

According to the announcement, Campbell, who currently leads the field operations for Cox's (News - Alert) Eastern division systems, is going to oversee the company's entire field system. In the expanded role, she is also going to assume the responsibility of the company’s Atlanta division support teams, the company CEO Leo Brennan announced in a release.

“Jill's 28 years with Cox and diverse roles in operations give her a broad and unique skill set for this important position. Having a single person oversee all of our field operations will give us greater alignment in the competitive marketplace so we can best meet the needs of our customers,” Leo Brennan said in a statement.

In the release, Cox officials informed that Campbell started her career at Cox as director of communications in the Oklahoma City system in 1982. In the span of career, she served in multiple operational roles throughout the enterprise including vice president and general manager for Cox systems in Bakersfield, Calif., Santa Barbara, Calif. and Las Vegas; as vice president of Customer Operations in Phoenix; and as head of the central and eastern divisions.

In addition to announcing an expanded role for Jill Campbell, Cox made a slew of other important announcements.

It announced consolidation of its field systems from 11 to nine operations. The San Diego and Orange (News - Alert) Coast, Calif. operations will merge to create a single operating unit.  David Bialis, who previously oversaw the company's Western Region operations, will be in charge of the new unit.

The Omaha/Sun Valley system will consolidate with Cox's Kansas/Arkansas operations, under the leadership of senior vice president and general manager Janet Barnard. David Blau, the senior vice president and general manager for Cox's Omaha operations, has been transferred to Cox's headquarters in Atlanta, where he will serve as vice president of New Growth and Development for the Corporate Strategy group.

Duffy Leone has been appointed senior vice president of operations for all of Cox's California service area. He is currently serving as senior vice president and general manager of Cox's Orange Coast system.

Bill Geppert, senior vice president and general manager of the Cox San Diego system, will retire at the end of February.

“Combining systems into fewer, larger consolidated operations gives us greater flexibility, allows us to improve our speed-to-market and better integrate our business. We are confident this will allow us to provide even better service and continue to earn the trust of our customers,” Brennan commented with regard to the recent changes.

Cox officials revealed that the changes in the executive positions are effective Feb. 1. The system consolidations are expected to be complete within the next few months.

Last week, Cox Communications announced that it has completed construction of two next-generation fuel cells totaling 800 kilowatts (kW) that will generate enough onsite power to reduce the company's dependence on the local power grid and decrease its carbon footprint.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee