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Rizley Named G.M. For Cox in Phoenix

Phoenix-Steve Rizley was named vice president and general manager of Cox Communications Inc.'s key 600,000-subscriber system here, shedding an "interim" title, the company said last Friday.

Rizley, who had been regional vice president at CableRep, Cox's advertising-sales division, stepped in after the former general manager left in August. The Phoenix system faces a competitive overbuild by Qwest Communications International Inc., and higher marketing costs there helped crimp cash-flow in the second quarter and took some blame for a late July falloff in Cox's stock price.