Rogers Communications Inc. (ticker: RCI.B.TO, exchange: Toronto Stock Exchange (.TO))
News Release -
Rogers Announces Senior Management ChangesTORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - ROGERS COMMUNICATIONS INC. (RCI) today
announced the appointment of John H. Tory to the position as president and
CEO, Rogers Cablesystems Limited effective April 21, 1999, succeeding Trey
Smith who has decided to return to the United States for personal reasons. Mr.
Tory joined Rogers in 1995 as President and CEO of Rogers Media and Maclean
Hunter Publishing Limited with responsibility for the broadcasting, publishing
and new media businesses of Rogers Communications Inc.
Anthony P. Viner was also announced as the new President and CEO of
Rogers Media, while retaining his current position as President and CEO of
Rogers Broadcasting. Brian Segal is appointed President and CEO of the Rogers'
publishing division, Maclean Hunter Publishing Limited and will also be
responsible for its interactive on-line businesses.
``I am thrilled that John has agreed to take on this challenge. His
record of achievement at Media has been stellar with EBITDA increasing 200%
during his tenure. I have known John for many years and I believe his strong
leadership skills and his knowledge of the Canadian marketplace will be a
great asset to cable,'' said Edward S. Rogers, President and CEO of Rogers
Communications Inc. ``Though he only joined Rogers four years ago, John's
relationship with the company started in 1972 while a student with the
broadcasting division, and has continued and expanded over many years
including work on numerous Rogers' files while practising law. For the past
nine months, John has overseen the company's regulatory activities including a
broad range of cable files in the absence of our Vice Chairman, Phil Lind.''
Mr. Tory will be responsible for Rogers cable television operations, Rogers
video stores and the high speed internet access service Rogers@Home.
John Tory, 44, is a lawyer and practised with Tory Tory Deslauriers &
Binnington for 12 years. He was a member of the Executive Committee and one of
the firm's three managing partners from 1990 to 1995. In the 1980's he served
as Principal Secretary to the Premier of Ontario.
Tony Viner, with an extensive career in broadcasting, joined Rogers in
1982 and has been President of Rogers Broadcasting Limited for the past ten
years. Brian Segal first joined Maclean's magazine as its publisher in 1992.
Mr. Rogers stated, ``I am always happy to promote good people from within the
organization. With these appointments, our management team remains strong with
key positions being filled with knowledgeable and capable executives.''
Trey Smith will be leaving the cable company effective May 31, 1999. Mr.
Smith was enticed out of retirement by Rogers to run the cable operations but
has decided to return to the United States and retirement. Mr. Rogers,
respecting Trey's decision, thanked him for all of his efforts. Mr. Smith has
agreed to play a transitional role during the changeover in leadership.
Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI) (Toronto: RCI.A and RCI.B; NYSE: RG) is
Canada's national communications company engaged in cellular and Digital PCS
communications through its 81% owned subsidiary Rogers Cantel Mobile
Communications Inc., in cable television, high-speed Internet access and video
retailing through its wholly-owned subsidiary Rogers Cablesystems Limited, and
in radio and television broadcasting, publishing and new media businesses
through its wholly owned subsidiary Rogers Media Inc.
For further information: Jan Innes, Vice President, Communications,
Rogers Communications Inc., (416) 935-3525