Rogers Communications appoints Guy Laurence as President and Chief Executive
Officer effective December 2013
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2013
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Rogers Communications today announced
the appointment of Guy Laurence, 51, as President and Chief Executive Officer
effective Monday, December 2, 2013. The appointment follows an extensive
international search for a CEO to succeed Nadir Mohamed, who announced his
plan to retire earlier this year.
A seasoned executive, Laurence brings 30 years of global experience in
telecommunications, pay television and media. Laurence is currently CEO of
Vodafone UK, an estimated 11 billion dollar fixed and mobile company,
operating in one of the most competitive communication markets in the world.
He first joined Vodafone in 2000, holding a number of increasingly senior
roles including CEO of Vodafone Netherlands (2005), before becoming CEO of
Vodafone UK in 2008.
"The board unanimously chose Guy as the best leader to succeed Nadir and to
take the company forward," said Alan Horn, Chairman of the Board, Rogers
Communications Inc. "Guy is a strong, proven executive who has consistently
delivered strong financial and operating results in highly complex and
competitive markets. The breadth and depth of his experience in
telecommunications, pay television and media are perfectly suited to Rogers
and to the challenges and opportunities we see ahead."
Prior to Vodafone, Laurence held various executive leadership positions at a
number of leading media companies, including MGM Studios. A natural
entrepreneur with strong commercial instincts, Laurence brings a passion for
innovation, the customer experience and leading high performing teams.
"Rogers is an iconic and well respected company in a great country and I'm
looking forward to joining," said Guy Laurence. "Its unique mix of wireless,
cable and media assets offer a brilliant platform to provide innovative
service to Canadians. I intend to build on the strong foundation established
under Nadir's leadership to compete and win in the market."
Mohamed will retire when Laurence becomes CEO. He and Laurence will work
together with the executive team to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
"Nadir significantly strengthened the company and I'd like to thank him for
his substantial contributions over the past 13 years and for his ongoing
leadership," said Edward Rogers, Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Rogers
Control Trust. "We are delighted Guy is joining Rogers and believe he is the
right leader to take the company to the next stage as we continue to deliver
on our founder's vision. Guy brings an entrepreneurial edge, a fiercely
competitive spirit and a sharp focus on both operational excellence and the
Rogers Communications is a diversified Canadian communications and media
company. We are Canada's largest provider of wireless voice and data
communications services and one of Canada's leading providers of cable
television, high-speed Internet and telephony. Through Rogers Media we are
engaged in radio and television broadcasting, televised shopping, magazines
and trade publications, sports entertainment, and digital media. We are
publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RCI.A and RCI.B) and on
the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: RCI).
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