Rogers picks former Vodafone exec Guy Laurence as President and CEO

Daniel Bader

September 12, 2013 9:08am

Rogers has finally picked a successor to Nadir Mohamed as Rogers CEO, and that man is Guy Laurence.

The former CEO of Vodafone UK was in the cards for a while, but it has now been set in stone. Laurence is known for shaking up the places he works, electing for a more casual atmosphere.

Rogers’ board approved the move unanimously, according to a press release issued today, and Chairman Alan Horn said, “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.”

Laurence not only has wireless experience, but was a member of the executive team as MGM Studios before coming to Vodafone in 2000.

Mohamed and Laurence will work together to ensure a smooth transition prior to his retirement in December.

SourceNewswire

  • Allwayswrite

    Well rogers employees are screwed…sorry kids…see if Telus is hiring

    • NotARogersEmployee

      Rogers laid off 1000+ people in 2009, a few hundred in 2010 and 2011, and at least another 500 last year. Restructuring is common. Guy’s track record of laying off employees and catering to Gen Y sounds like a positive to the young Rogers employees at least.

  • Dimitri

    Good pick. Hopefully now Rogers can go back on track & start doing what they are supposed to be doing as a Cellphone / Cable / Internet provider. Have them stop abusing & stupid CSR’s at the stores which know nothing about the job.

    Hopefully he can change the company around & start taking stupid fee’s out & stop hiring kids that have no knowledge about the business.

    Lets hope.

    • J-Ro

      If anyone at Rogers had knowledge, they would tell you not to buy Rogers. Their dead zones are very many for a premium carrier.

    • Dimitri

      Oh believe me i know. Then again, the same thing can be said for all the carriers in Canada.

    • Detroit Velvet Smooth

      I see you have never owned a Bell cell phone. It makes Rogers “dead zones” seem trivial. But all 3 are evil bastards let’s be honest here.

    • J-Ro

      I own a Bell phone but in Toronto. I can’t say I have hit a dead zone but I would be ignorant to say it was like that everywhere in Canada. I just know in Toronto, Bell and Telus are the lesser of the three evils.

    • Detroit Velvet Smooth

      I completely disagree Bell is by far the worst company of the 3. Can’t say i know much about Telus. For me the lakeshore go line was the worst for my bell phone. Couldn’t get a signal from Union till longbranch almost. Rogers has been better in that regard.

      Bell and my whole family don’t get along very well. They asked my brother to cut down his neighbors tree to fix his satellite problems cause they couldn’t figure out what was wrong and guessed it was the tree….Then he said he wanted to switch to Cogeco and they blocked Cogeco’s number on his LAN line… They are a joke in my opinion.

    • J-Ro

      I can see why you hate Bell. I can only imagine the hate I would have for them if all of that happened to me as well.

    • Katanashi Maxwell

      just want to say, you’ve clearly never experienced having your whole damn lot a dead zone for every carrier in the country… huzzah! =_=

    • themattyg

      I’ve had a phone from all the big three, and I’ve never hit dead zones, with any carrier, unless I’m out in the middle of nowhere. What I did see from all of them weren’t dead zones, but over population of towers. Try making a call at quitting time in Toronto’s downtown core, you’re lucky to get the call through. That happens with full signal, ability to use data and texts without a problem. So much for “the best infrastructure in the world.”

  • Mike Newman

    If he’s accustomed to “highly complex and competitive markets” he won’t know what to do with himself here.

    • kroms

      LOL True

    • Samuel Gomez Recuero

      LOL

    • Amparipaa

      he might end up being so bored out of his mind that he’ll just play ping-pong all day and watch the dollars flow!

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    “Smooth transition” so that gives them 3 months for that? Good luck! I hope Rogers is in for a rude wakening.

  • Ryan

    I love watching you morons talk smack. Here’s a question for you guys where’s your billion dollar company?

    • Ryan

      I don’t have one but I’m not the one complaining about Rogers, Bell or Telus did they force you to buy a cell phone?

    • Ryan

      It’s called living within your means.

    • Ryan

      Let me repeat myself were you forced to get a cell phone? If you think the service is over priced then don’t sign up for it, it’s that simple. The ability to update your facebook status from your phone is not a necessity in life.

    • Ryan

      You guys know what these companies charge yet you still sign up and complain after the fact the simple answer here is don’t sign up. I’m not trying to police anything if you don’t like the way they do business do something about it sign up with wind or mobolicty there is more important things in life than cell phones.

    • Ryan

      If you’re going to complain about the price of the service then don’t get it or get rid of it and move on.

    • Ryan

      Yes cause I’m sure if you were on the board of directors for one of these companies that you would be the guy to stand up and say you know what we’ve made enough money lets try and reduce our profit margins

    • Ryan

      That still means less profits

    • Ryan

      Not so because in this country what one carrier does they all do so there would be no huge gains in subscriber base

    • Ryan

      Wow really let me specify then the major carriers will copy each other didn’t think i was dealing with a child that I needed to spell that out to.

    • Ryan

      There are cheaper options if you MUST have a cell phone.The majority of people that have cell phones and complain about the price don’t NEED them. I cleared up one statement for you cause you seem unable to use common sense to see that I was talking about the major carriers which is what I have been referring to this whole time.

    • Mindmeld

      Tell me, other than food, basic clothing and housing, is there anything in this world people really need? Do people really need automobiles (and I’m including public transit here)? If they need to go somewhere, they should just walk. If where they want to go is too far, just don’t go there. Find a job close to home. If your local supermarket decides to increase the cost of staple food by 500%, are you just going to not buy them? I think you will folk over the money and complain. We, the consumers, have the right to complain, just as you have the right to not to purchase what you deem to be needless or overpriced.

    • Ryan

      Yes but I need food to survive I don’t need a cell phone to survive.

    • Mindmeld

      You can grow your own food, bake your own bread, etc. I hear people use to do that long time ago. You don’t HAVE to pay some supermarket for overpriced food.

    • Salinger

      Ryan, you seem to be of the antiquated view that a cell phone, including wireless internet access, is still a “luxury” item. Perhaps for you, that’s the case, but for many it’s simply not true in 2013.

      Not only are they essential to many people on an individual basis, but overall, the more backward we are and the less accessible cutting edge technology is to the masses, the more we suffer over the long-term as a country.

      That may seem like a grandiose statement but it’s true. Over time, the less exposure we have to all facets of latest technology in all fields, the worse off we are. And high prices and restrictive caps are certainly a major impediment to access.

      BTW, not everyone has access to Wind or Mobilicity.

    • Ryan

      Yes but currently the want out weighs the need for wireless internet access on a phone

    • Salinger

      As I said, perhaps for you and your life situation right now; not for quite a lot of people. And that wasn’t even the main thrust of my point.

      It’s clear from your insistence on rebutting every single comment, that you have some vested interest in this and aren’t willing to accept that an opinion different from yours might very well be valid. So, I’ll leave it here.

    • Amparipaa

      ah yes, you must be among the crowds that RAAAAAAGE when they see a homeless person with a cellphone…. get over it, phones (or, if you’re homeless and can’t get a landline, a cellphone) are a necessity in 2013.

    • Ryan

      Pay as you go sure but don’t complain about monthly fee’s worry about getting a place to live.

    • Amparipaa

      $15 + $5 talk booster on koodo = much cheaper than $1000+ monthly for a basic hole in the wall apartment…

      wait a minute… did i just join your side of the argument by suggesting moving to prepaid for those that hate these price gouges?

    • Super_Deluxe

      Some of us don’t have better alternatives so we’re forced to choose them…

    • Ryan

      You are not forced to sign up for a 90$ plan there is cheaper plans. All you need a phone to do is talk.

    • Super_Deluxe

      That doesn’t mean it’s ok for them to charge that amount. I’m not saying they dont have the right, what I’m saying is that we don’t have to keep taking this gouging and that we demand better pricing. It’s people who think like you which allows carriers to overprice their plans. I’d rather we stand up to them than continue bending over from them.

  • motivotto

    Yeah, “rogers is in for a rude awakening” or anyone thinking this will “shake things up” has to really think about how this guy was chosen. He was supposedly elected unanimously by the board of directors. If you think this means it’ll reduce Rogers’ ability to continue making profits, I’d like to know what you’re on and if you can share some?

    • It’s Me

      I think he’ll improve their ability to make profits, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the status quo. Might be layoffs for one. Cutting costs is often a great way to improve profits.

    • Salinger

      Most decisions of boards are made “unanimously”. That rarely means the person or direction chosen was the choice of everyone. What generally happens is the winning person (or other option being voted on) is chosen by whatever the actual vote is (10-2 or whatver). Once it’s decided, someone moves to make the motion unanimous and that’s usually rubber stamped for optics.

      We don’t have a great track record of being treated well by the big telcos, but I’m willing to see what this guy has to offer before dissing him.

    • Mark

      Where’s your source for that statistic?

  • Amparipaa

    “alright, maybe he’ll teach rogers to care about the greater good instead of selfish profit”
    – every mobilesyrup user ever, lololololol

  • Amparipaa

    bucketman says: untap the hidden potential of prepaid services. it’s much moar competitive, and the value for money is unbeatable!

    Amparipaa out.

  • Guest

    Hopefully this guy hires some reps that speak English natively or at least understandably. Pissing off customers 101 would include hiring employees that your already pissed off customer cannot understand.

    • Mark

      Learn to listen, I am able to understand people who speak with an accent, just listen to them carefully. It’s also very rude to even suggest that. I guess those who speak with an accent shouldn’t be allowed to have jobs that interact with other people, because they don’t speak english “natively” according to you?

    • ALAN CHIU

      Hey smart guy, do you realize you speak with an accent too?

  • Mobile Phones Fan

    Rogers picks former Vodafone exec Guy Laurence as President and CEO

    Meet the new boss; same as the old boss.

    Way to bring in new blood, fellas.
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