Marilyn Burrows is looking forward to beginning her new job in Wichita as senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications’ Central region for two reasons.
She’ll be coming to a much larger system that is geographically complex. And she’ll be much closer to Blue Hill, Neb., where she was raised.
“Part of the real appeal is coming back to a part of the country I’m familiar with,” Burrows, 56, said Thursday from her office at Cox Communications Las Vegas.
She is general manager of the system in Las Vegas, which has about 420,000 customers. That compares with 700,000 in the Central region system that includes Kansas, parts of Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska, as well as Sun Valley, Idaho.
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“Just the combination of metropolitan areas and rural areas is a very different marketing proposition and service proposition,” Burrows said.
The University of Nebraska graduate expects to start in her new role on Jan. 16.
In addition to Las Vegas, Burrows was general manager of Cox’s business in Roanoke, Va. She came to Cox in January 2004 from Time Warner Cable, where she was vice president of online for its national division, working out of Denver.
She has also worked for the former US West and Northwestern Bell telephone companies, and was a co-founder of Callahan Associates International, a hybrid investment/operating company with businesses in cable, wireless and wireless data in Europe.
She replaces Janet Barnard, who left in December to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of Manheim in Atlanta.