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Bonnie Brooks, then-CEO of Hudson’s Bay Co., is photographed at the Bay's downtown location in Toronto in 2010.Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

Rogers Communications Inc. plans to name Bonnie Brooks to its board of directors, filling a vacancy left when new Toronto Mayor John Tory departed his seat in November.

The telecommunications and media company announced the appointment in its proxy circular and shareholders will vote on the nomination at Rogers' annual meeting on April 21.

Ms. Brooks, the former CEO of Hudson's Bay Co., became vice-chairman of the retailer in February, 2014, and has joined several boards in recent years.

She took a seat on the board of Sobeys owner Empire Co. Ltd. in 2012, became a trustee of RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in 2013, and joined the Abercrombie & Fitch Co. board last year.

Ms. Brooks, 61, is also the chairman of the Royal Ontario Museum board of directors.

Mr. Tory was the head of Rogers' media division from 1995 to 1999 before leading its cable business until 2003 when he left to pursue his failed bid for mayor in a run against David Miller. He became a director of the company in 2010 and Rogers said he officially resigned his seat on Nov. 30.

He pledged during the Toronto municipal election campaign to step down from the Rogers board if he was elected mayor. However, he said in November that he would remain a trustee and director of various Rogers family-related trusts and private boards based on a promise he made to the company's late founder Ted Rogers.

Thomas Hull, who is chairman and CEO of the Hull Group of Companies (an insurance brokerage) and has been on the Rogers board of directors since 1979, is also not seeking re-election to the board this year.

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