Yesterday, Cox Communications tapped David Bialis as the new senior vice president for its Western division. In addition to Bialis, Cox announced additional promotions to its executive team.
In his new role, Bialis will be responsible for leading the company’s Western division and field services organization, replacing the retiring Claus Kroeger in overseeing nearly 3.3 million customer relationships.

Prior to his new job, he was vice president and general manager of Cox’s Oklahoma system, a role he’s held since 1992.

Cox said Bialis expertly led the consolidation of acquired cable systems in Oklahoma that grew Cox’s Oklahoma interests from a base of 125,000 basic video customers to a 500,000-subscriber cable mega-system. He also helped lead Cox’s success in commercial services, where his team included the highest revenue-generating Cox Business unit in the company.

Bialis began his career with Cox when he joined Cox Santa Barbara in 1984.

Cox announced that Percy Kirk was named senior vice president and general manager of Cox Oklahoma, replacing Bialis. A nine-year veteran of Cox, Kirk most recently served as the senior vice president and general manager of Cox Omaha, where he managed the strategic operations for the Omaha metropolitan area and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Cox said the Oklahoma system will be the home for its “Wireless Center of Excellence,” a special squad of customer care representatives who will focus on customer service nationwide as Cox enters the wireless marketplace later this year.

Kirk’s career at Cox includes service as vice president of network operations for Cox Arizona and as vice president of operations for Cox Kansas. Prior to joining Cox, Kirk held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility with Multimedia Cablevision.

Marilyn Burrows has been named senior vice president and general manager of Cox Las Vegas. Burrows joined Cox in 2004 from Time Warner Cable’s National Division in Denver where she was vice president of online services.

In her most recent role, Burrows served as vice president and general manager of Cox Roanoke. In that capacity, her team was the first Cox system to launch VoIP digital telephone service in 2004.

David Blau has been named senior vice president and general manager of Cox’s operations in Omaha, Nebraska. Most recently, Blau served as vice president and general manager of Cox Business and Hospitality Network in Las Vegas and interim general manager for the entire Las Vegas cable system post Leo Brennan’s departure to fulfill the chief operations officer role at Cox’s headquarters in Atlanta.

Blau was appointed vice president of business operations for the Las Vegas market in 2002 and was promoted to vice president and general manager of Cox Business and Hospitality Network in 2004.

Blau joined Cox Communications in 1997 as a senior financial analyst and was later promoted to manager of investment planning. In 1999, he was promoted to director of business operations for the company’s central division.

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