WideOpenWest (WOW!) announced that Steven Cochran is being promoted to chief executive officer from president, and that current chairwoman and CEO Colleen Abdoulah will transition into solely being chairman, effective April 1.
Related to that, Cathy Kuo, the chief marketing officer, will move up to chief operating officer at the competitive triple-play provider, privately owned by Avista Capital Partners. WOW! has 800,000 customers, ranking eighth among U.S. cable operators.
Abdoulah, a former Tele-Communications Inc. and AT&T Broadband executive, has headed WOW! since 2002, successfully leading the sale process to Avista Capital Partners in 2006. She also has earned plaudits for establishing a corporate culture of employee satisfaction and for the company's financial performance. As board chair she will continue to provide strategic leadership, executive coaching and development, and serve on the board compensation committee, the company said She will also continue as chair of the American Cable Association, where she has been a prominent spokesman for cable-industry issues in Washington, D.C., and beyond.
Cochran began his career with WOW! as CFO in 2002; he was promoted to COO/CFO in 2008 and to president in 2010. He was the architect of several critical acquisitions starting in 2006. In addition to becoming CEO, he will join the board of directors.
Kuo's leadership has helped WOW! quadruple its customer base since joining WOW! in 2001, the company said. She has led the company's strategic plans for pricing and product management, branding, programming and ad sales.