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Cincinnati Bell Inc. Names Chief Operating Officer


CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 30, 2005--Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB) today announced the appointment of Rodney Dir to chief operating officer beginning July 11, 2005. Dir joins the company from T-Mobile USA where he served as Vice President, National Retail Sales and Operations. He will report to Jack Cassidy, president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Bell.

As chief operating officer, Dir will oversee the daily management and performance of sales, marketing, network and customer care operations across all of Cincinnati Bell's segments.

"Rod's leadership and expertise will be instrumental in driving the day-to-day results of the business, including the continued execution of our 'de-lever, defend and grow' strategy," said Jack Cassidy, president and CEO of Cincinnati Bell Inc.

Dir's career spans 25 years in the telecommunications industry. Most recently, he played a significant role in the growth of T-Mobile USA as vice president of national retail sales and operations. Previously, he was chief operating officer of Atlanta-based Powertel, a publicly traded wireless carrier which operated in 12 states and 34 contiguous markets throughout the southeast. Deutsche Telekom acquired both Powertel and Voicestream in 2001 creating the nationwide wireless carrier T-Mobile USA.

Earlier in his career, Dir managed assignments in finance, marketing, sales and operations for GTE and GTE Wireless. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

"Rod is a seasoned telecommunications professional who brings vast experience in all aspects of operational management," added Cassidy. "He will be a great complement to our senior management team."

About Cincinnati Bell Inc.

Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE:CBB) is parent to one of the nation's most respected and best performing local exchange and wireless providers with a legacy of unparalleled customer service excellence. With headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Bell provides a wide range of telecommunications products and services to residential and business customers in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For more information, visit

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    SOURCE: Cincinnati Bell Inc.