Vanguard Awards: Cable Operations Management: Philip Meeks
As executive vice president and chief operating officer for Time Warner Cable Business Services, Philip Meeks oversees all aspects of operations, sales and marketing for the company’s rapidly growing business-services unit, which serves more than 600,000 business customers and accounts for more than $2 billion in annual revenue.
Meeks leads a team of more than 6,000 employees and oversees all aspects of operations, sales and marketing for business services. He is being awarded the NCTA’s Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management, which recognizes the efforts of cable’s system managers, who work under intensely competitive conditions in today’s dynamic telecommunications environment and are critical to the cable industry’s success at the local level.
Until June 2013, Meeks had served as senior vice president of Cox Business, where he led 3,500 employees, making it the fastest-growing business unit in the MSO. Before joining Cox in 2008, he was the co-founder and lead executive for a startup company focused on enhancing the supply chain between technology vendors and value-added resellers in the Internet security, data-storage and voice-over-Internet-protocol markets.
During his 20 years at MCI Telecommunications, Meeks served in various strategy, sales and accountmanagement roles, including senior VP of sales operations and senior VP of strategic ventures and alliances. He started his career at AT&T Information Systems/Southern Bell in 1979 and progressed through various leadership roles in sales and marketing.
Under the guidance of Meeks and his team, Time Warner Cable has crafted a plan to take the company’s business-services revenues from their current $2-plus billion to more than $5 billion within four or fi ve years. That fact makes the folks at Comcast happy, in light of the proposed merger between TWC and the No. 1 U.S. MSO.
Both companies have been growing their business services units and both serve predominantly small- and midsized businesses. But the combination of the two cable providers, coupled with Time Warner Cable’s strategy of offering dedicated bandwidth for voice calls, should be better positioned to go after larger companies.
Meeks graduated from the University of Georgia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and journalism. He also completed executive education programs at both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia.
Meeks hit the ground running at Time Warner Cable, reorganizing the company’s business unit within the first 90 days on the job. A month later, TWC ponied up $600 million to buy DukeNet, a firm that delivers a range of commercial-class services and operates an optical fiber network that stretches 8,700 miles.
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