Rogers Vice Chairman Lind to Reduce Role, Stay on Board

Rogers Communications Inc. Vice Chairman Phil Lind said he plans to step back from his executive responsibilities at the end of the year after almost 45 years with Canada’s largest wireless carrier.

Lind, who also served as the company’s executive vice president of regulatory, said in an e-mail today that he will remain at the company for at least three more years to work on specific projects. He said he also plans to remain on the board.

Lind had previously worked closely with the Toronto-based company’s founder and former Chief Executive Officer Ted Rogers before his death at the end of 2008.

Since then, Guy Laurence, who previously ran Vodafone’s U.K. division, took over as Rogers’s CEO in December. In his first public comments in February, Laurence vowed to fully review the wireless operator in search of ways to improve performance after profit missed estimates and subscriber growth trailed rival BCE Inc.

“Phil has played a central role at Rogers since he started working alongside Ted Rogers in 1969 and has skillfully advocated for both Rogers and the telecom industry,” said Terrie Tweddle, a spokeswoman.

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