SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Carmen Gonzalez, Liz McMillan, Kevin Jackson

News Feed Item

WOW! Announces Executive Leadership Changes Effective April 1

As part of its established succession plan, WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone (WOW!) today announced several changes to the company’s senior leadership team that will take effect April 1, 2014. Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board Colleen Abdoulah will turn CEO responsibilities over to Steven Cochran, who is currently President of WOW!. Abdoulah will continue as Chair. Chief Marketing Officer Cathy Kuo will assume Cochran’s operational responsibilities in her new position as Chief Operating Officer.

“I am excited to announce the next step in WOW!’s future with this progression in leadership,” Abdoulah said. “Developing our leaders and building bench strength is a priority for us and always has been. So we are fortunate to have tremendous depth and tenure on our leadership team to ensure this transition will be seamless and our unique culture will be preserved. As we approach the second anniversary of the Knology acquisition that doubled the size of our company, this is the ideal time to put our succession plan into effect. Steven and I have partnered together over the last decade, and I am thrilled that our WOW! employees and customers will continue to be cared for under his exceptional leadership.”

Steven Cochran said, “It’s an honor to accept CEO responsibilities, and I’m humbled to continue the legacy of what we’ve built here under Colleen’s extraordinary vision. I’m grateful to her for setting the stage for this transition so thoughtfully, and I’ll continue to rely on Colleen’s guidance as our Board Chair. No one is better qualified to take over operations than Cathy Kuo. As Chief Marketing Officer, she has been integral to every operational initiative we’ve undertaken over the last several years. I have complete trust in her ability to strike the right balance across customer experience, employee experience, and financial objectives as she assumes her new role as COO.”

Colleen Abdoulah has guided WOW! since 2002, overseeing industry-leading financial success. She successfully led WOW! through a sale process to Avista Capital Partners in 2006 and under her leadership, WOW! has earned multiple awards for excellence as a service provider and as an employer. As Chair of the Board, Abdoulah will continue to provide strategic leadership, executive coaching and development, and serve on the Board Compensation Committee. She will also continue as Chair of the American Cable Association.

Steven Cochran began his career with WOW! as CFO in 2002; he was promoted to COO/CFO in 2008 and to President in 2010. Responsible for the company’s mergers and acquisitions strategy, Cochran has been the architect of several critical acquisitions starting in 2006. His leadership has created unprecedented value for employees and shareholders. In addition to assuming the CEO position, Steven will join the Board of Directors.

Cathy Kuo’s leadership has helped WOW! quadruple its customer base. Since joining WOW! in 2001, she has led the company’s strategic plans for pricing and product management, branding, programming and ad sales.

Further documentation related to today’s announcement will be available at www.sec.gov or at the Investor Relations site located on the WOW! corporate website: http://www.wowway.com/investor-relations

About WOW!

WOW! is one of the nation's leading providers of high-speed Internet, cable TV, and phone serving communities in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio since 2001, and in Kansas, South Dakota and the Southeast since 2012. The company is dedicated to delighting customers with friendly, quality service at affordable prices. WOW! is privately held and controlled by Avista Capital Partners.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Today’s enterprise is being driven by disruptive competitive and human capital requirements to provide enterprise application access through not only desktops, but also mobile devices. To retrofit existing programs across all these devices using traditional programming methods is very costly and time consuming – often prohibitively so. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., discussed how you can create applications that run on all mobile ...
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, ...
Companies today struggle to manage the types and volume of data their customers and employees generate and use every day. With billions of requests daily, operational consistency can be elusive. In his session at Big Data Expo, Dave McCrory, CTO at Basho Technologies, will explore how a distributed systems solution, such as NoSQL, can give organizations the consistency and availability necessary to succeed with on-demand data, offering high availability at massive scale.
IoT is still a vague buzzword for many people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Kavis, Vice President & Principal Cloud Architect at Cloud Technology Partners, discussed the business value of IoT that goes far beyond the general public's perception that IoT is all about wearables and home consumer services. He also discussed how IoT is perceived by investors and how venture capitalist access this space. Other topics discussed were barriers to success, what is new, what is old, and what th...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly in the process of breaking from its heretofore relatively obscure enterprise applications (such as plant floor control and supply chain management) and going mainstream into the consumer space. More and more creative folks are interconnecting everyday products such as household items, mobile devices, appliances and cars, and unleashing new and imaginative scenarios. We are seeing a lot of excitement around applications in home automation, personal fitness,...
Security can create serious friction for DevOps processes. We've come up with an approach to alleviate the friction and provide security value to DevOps teams. In her session at DevOps Summit, Shannon Lietz, Senior Manager of DevSecOps at Intuit, will discuss how DevSecOps got started and how it has evolved. Shannon Lietz has over two decades of experience pursuing next generation security solutions. She is currently the DevSecOps Leader for Intuit where she is responsible for setting and driv...
Dale Kim is the Director of Industry Solutions at MapR. His background includes a variety of technical and management roles at information technology companies. While his experience includes work with relational databases, much of his career pertains to non-relational data in the areas of search, content management, and NoSQL, and includes senior roles in technical marketing, sales engineering, and support engineering. Dale holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a BA in Computer Science f...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CodeFutures, a leading supplier of database performance tools, has been named a “Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9–11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York, NY. CodeFutures is an independent software vendor focused on providing tools that deliver database performance tools that increase productivity during database development and increase database performance and scalability during production.
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to evolve the way the world does business; however, understanding how to apply it to your company can be a mystery. Most people struggle with understanding the potential business uses or tend to get caught up in the technology, resulting in solutions that fail to meet even minimum business goals. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jesse Shiah, CEO / President / Co-Founder of AgilePoint Inc., showed what is needed to leverage the IoT to transform your business. ...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Vormetric on Wednesday announced the results of its 2015 Insider Threat Report (ITR), conducted online on their behalf by Harris Poll and in conjunction with analyst firm Ovum in fall 2014 among 818 IT decision makers in various countries, including 408 in the United States. The report details striking findings around how U.S. and international enterprises perceive security threats, the types of employees considered most dangerous, environments at the greatest risk for data loss and the steps or...
Things are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP ...
Storage administrators find themselves walking a line between meeting employees’ demands to use public cloud storage services, and their organizations’ need to store information on-premises for security, performance, cost and compliance reasons. However, as file sharing protocols like CIFS and NFS continue to lose their relevance, simply relying only on a NAS-based environment creates inefficiencies that hurt productivity and the bottom line. IT wants to implement cloud storage it can purchase a...
Cloud Technology Partners on Wednesday announced it has been recognized by the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards as one of the Best Amazon Web Services (AWS) Consulting Partners. Selected by the editors of TechTarget's SearchDataCenter.com, and by votes from customers and strategic channel partners, the companies acknowledged by the Modern Infrastructure Impact Awards represent the top providers of cloud consulting services for AWS including application migration, application development, inf...
“We help people build clusters, in the classical sense of the cluster. We help people put a full stack on top of every single one of those machines. We do the full bare metal install," explained Greg Bruno, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of StackIQ, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.