Rogers to Appoint Vodafone’s Guy Laurence as New CEO in December

Following at “extensive international search” for a CEO to succeed Nadir Mohamed, who announced his plan to retire earlier this year, Rogers says it will apoint Guy Laurence as the new CEO and president of Canada’s largest telecommunications company.

Laurence, 51, hails from Vodafone UK. He joined the company in 2000 and became CEO 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 Rogers Communications. “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

“Rogers is an iconic and well respected company in a great country and I’m looking forward to joining,” says 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.”

Rogers says that Mohamed 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,” noted 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 customer experience.”