Nadir Mohamed retires, Guy Laurence steps in as Rogers CEO

Rogers CEO Guy Laurence

Today ushers in new leader at Rogers. Nadir Mohamed will be stepping aside and Guy Laurence will take over as President and CEO.

In a statement, Mohamed noted, “It’s hard to believe thirteen years have passed and I’ll be retiring from Rogers… As I reflect on my time here, I can honestly say I’ve loved every minute of it… Together we have accomplished many great things and I will take so many incredible memories with me. I leave knowing we are in great shape and the future is bright.”

Under Mohamed’s reign, Rogers saw wireless subscriber rise to reach almost 9.5 million, saw the company bind together several key media relationships that include the recent $5.2 billion NHL broadcasting agreement, and a partnership with rival Bell on acquiring MLSE. In addition, Mohamed has been pushing M2M (Machine to Machine) technology for year and unveiled the Rogers Home Monitoring System and various Smart Metering programs, and on the charity side he created the Rogers Youth Fund.

As for Guy Laurence, former Vodafone exec, there’s limited info about the strategy he’ll be taking at Rogers. Apparently, from our conversations with various levels of employees, the company is ready for a new direction and enthusiasm. In a previous report, Anthony Staffieri, Rogers CFO, stated that Laurence brings a “depth of experience on the customer experience and customer experience road map. He has very much hands-on experience in having executed leading an organization to get a culture that really is customer first.”

Mohamed, who took over from founder Ted Rogers, also issued a parting message to all employees: “As you carry forward with the next chapter in Rogers history, let’s remember to keep Ted’s spirit and legacy alive.”

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