Shaw’s VP of Wireless suddenly departs

On June 30th, 2010 Shaw announced they brought on Laurence Cooke as VP of their wireless division. In the press release about his appointment it stated that “We are confident that Laurence will make a significant contribution in this exciting new opportunity, and we wish him every success”. Well, after a short 6-month stint the Globe is reporting that Cooke has suddenly departed the company for “professional and personal reasons”. No official word on what the real reasons are or who will be replacing him… but this is not good timing. How can Shaw have the wireless impact they desire when there is so much uncertainly from the top. It’s been known for a while that Shaw is aiming for an “initial launch in late 2011” and a couple days ago the GSMA showed a planned September launch.