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North StateNorth State, one of North Carolina’s few remaining independent telecommunications companies, is changing senior management with Nicholas Kottyan and Bill Cooper taking new roles. Both will report to CEO Royster Tucker III.

The moves effective Jan. 1 coincide with the retirements of Chief Operating Officer Mark Dula and Chief Business Officer Richard Worden. Both have worked at the High Point-based company for more than 30 years.

Kottyan will become chief operating officer and remain president of the company’s DataChambers data center business. Cooper, who is president of the Stalwart Systems subsidiary, will become executive vice president.

North State previously said Chief Financial Officer Jon Cage also is retiring Dec. 31. His successor is Scott Toth.

The company reported net income of $7.1 million with sales of $85.9 million in the first three quarters of 2016. Its shares trade thinly on the Nasdaq Over-the-counter market with ticker symbols NORSA and NORSB.

North State was started in 1895. Tucker and Chairman Patrick Harman are descendants of the company’s founder Jesse Hayden. In recent years, it has added new IT services to complement its fiber-optic network business.

Image courtesy of Cathy Martin | Business North Carolina
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