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McKinley, Rowley Upped at Cox Biz

Cox Communications continued its management shuffle on Thursday, promoting Tim McKinley and Steve Rowley to company officers, increasing the responsibilities of the two Cox Business field executives.

McKinley and Rowley currently serve as vice presidents of field operations for the east and west regions, respectively. As corporate officers they also serve as chief liaisons between corporate headquarters and field markets and have oversight for local strategic planning, sales performance, marketing, customer installations and capital investments.

Prior to McKinley joining Cox in 2007, the field operations vice president role was held by a single executive. Cox Business' rapid growth -- it reached $1 billion in revenue in 2010 -- prompted the company to split the position to help drive consistent sales behavior.

Rowley assumed responsibility for western operations in 2010 and both he and McKinley played crucial roles in Cox Business' growth, according to the company.

"As we scale Cox Business to serve a more diverse customer base and capture the next billion in revenue, Tim and Steve's expertise in leading large, nationwide sales organizations is critical," Cox Business senior vice president Phil Meeks said in a statement. "Our objective is to drive consistent and healthy growth, in a way that allows us to form trusted relationships with more businesses and deliver a higher level of service."

Cox began reorganizing field operations at the cable unit earlier this year, naming Jill Campbell to head up its entire field system and consolidating its operating regions from 11 to nine.