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RapidScale, a Cox Business company, has promoted Duane Barnes to chief operations officer.

As COO, Barnes is responsible for the company’s architecture, solutions engineering, service delivery, software engineering and customer support operations.

He has been interim chief operations officer since January. Before that, he was senior vice president of technology.

Barnes’ previous jobs include vice president, director and other leadership roles at Windstream, Open-Xchange and Intelisys.

RapidScale's Duane Barnes

RapidScale’s Duane Barnes

“I’m honored to formally step into this new role with RapidScale and continue to work with the rest of the talented leadership team to drive continued success,” Barnes said.  “We continue to focus on providing our clients access to their mission-critical applications from anywhere, anytime, and on any device. I couldn’t be more excited to remain a part of an organization that is committed to providing innovative managed cloud solutions and industry-leading customer care.”

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Barnes has 20 years of experience in cloud computing, virtualization, sales engineering and data center services. He also is experienced in managing hosting projects, storage, SaaS, networking, disaster recovery, security, and VoIP.

Since joining RapidScale in 2016, Barnes has been instrumental in executing the company’s growth strategies, the company said.

“Duane has been an integral part of RapidScale’s growth throughout the years, demonstrating an exceptional ability to grow market share and efficiently manage internal operations,” said Larry Steelman, RapidScale’s CEO. “His leadership has contributed to our major differentiators in the market, and we are thrilled to have an innovative and trusted leader who consistently delivers results.”

Barnes also led teams at MPInet, PowerOne Communications and the Walt Disney Co.

Cox Business acquired Rapidscale two years ago. Buying the cloud provider solidified the cable company’s journey into IT and managed services.


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