Cox Communications of Middle Georgia will lose four senior executives, including Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Dyer, as part of a realignment of operational divisions, according to Mary Bowman, Cox public relations manager.
Dyer, who will retire as part of the consolidation, will leave along with Leanne Beighey, vice president of human resources, Guy Boyle, vice president of business operations, and Karen Whitaker, vice president of customer operations. The new organization will be called Cox Florida Georgia Region and will be led by Keith Gregory, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Florida.
“It is with great excitement that I join the Cox Middle Georgia team,” Gregory said Thursday in a news release. The impact of the consolidation on Middle Georgia is not known at this point outside of the executive changes, Bowman said Thursday. The details of the transition are being coordinated and will be released during the next two to three months. The realignment was announced to Cox Middle Georgia employees on Tuesday.
“Realignment plans are still under evaluation although some workforce reductions or roles transferred to other locations are likely,” said Bowman. “But the impact will be invisible to our customers and the community.”
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The departure of Dyer, who serves on the board of directors of several prominent community boards including the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce, NewTown Macon, and the Harriet Tubman African American Museum, creates a potential leadership void for the Middle Georgia community. “It is a big loss for us,” said Thomas Whicker, region vice president for Georgia Power in Macon. “He has been a strong leader in the community and he will be missed.”
“Mike is passionate about his community,” Bowman said. “He, along with other Cox leaders, will continue to play key leadership roles with the numerous boards and civic organizations of which Cox has long supported.”
Cox Communications of Middle Georgia employs about 200 and serves homes and business in Bibb, Houston and Monroe counties.