Cox restructuring its Central Region

Cox Central Region is taking on an executive and geographic restructuring that includes the retirement of its top local executive, Marilyn Burrows.

Spokeswoman Sarah Kauffman said Monday that Marilyn Burrows’ last day in Wichita is Friday. Burrows, senior vice president and general manager for the region, came to Wichita from Cox’s operations in Las Vegas in January 2012.

With Burrows’ retirement, Jay Allbaugh, the Central Region’s long-time vice president for government public affairs, will become market vice president for Kansas for the Atlanta-based cable TV, telephone and Internet provider. Allbaugh will retain the title of vice president for government public affairs, Kauffman said.

Burrows’ Central Region successor will be Percy Kirk, who will be the Central Region’s senior vice president and general manager and will be based in Oklahoma. That appointment happens at the same time that Oklahoma is added to the Central Region, which includes Kansas, parts of Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska, as well as Sun Valley, Idaho. Allbaugh will report to Kirk.

Allbaugh said his market vice president duties will include working with all departments in the region as well as with customers, employees and communities.

“We will absolutely continue to play an active role in the communities we serve,” he said.

Allbaugh said with an expanded region the company will be “assessing needs of the new, larger region, but we anticipate minimal impact” to its operations here.

Cox employs about 850 people in Wichita.

There will be one other executive change with the regional restructuring. Former Wichitan Kristin Peck, who has been working for Cox in Oklahoma, will now serve as vice president for public affairs for the Central Region. She assumes that role from Allbaugh.

Kauffman said Peck will remain based in Oklahoma.