Wherever Rogers Communications Inc. goes next with its new strategy from CEO Guy Laurence, it's worth noting the big deals, bold moves and legendary leaders that got it to this point. Here's our list of Globe and Mail stories on the biggest milestones in Rogers' recent history.
November 2013: NHL TV deal a game changer
September 2013: A new CEO
February 2013: CEO Nadir Mohamed announces retirement
Mr. Mohamed will leave his post in January, 2014, about five years after taking over from founder Ted Rogers. When he was handed the top job in 2009, Mr. Mohamed was seen as a steady hand who could ably manage the company after the death of the legendary Mr. Rogers. Mr. Mohamed joined the company in 2000, serving as its chief operating officer until he ascended to chief executive officer.
“It’s truly a privilege to work with the Rogers family, the board, the leadership team and our employees to deliver for customers and shareholders and to set the foundation for the future,” Mr. Nadir said in a statement obtained by The Globe and Mail. “The company’s in great shape and it’s time to start the transition to the next generation of leadership. Over the next year I look forward to delivering strong results and to ensuring a seamless transition.”
2011: Rogers and Bell team up to buy MLSE
The willingness by BCE and Rogers to do a deal that will yoke them together underscores how crucial sports programming – and professional hockey in particular – has become in modern broadcasting. Sports programming rights have become he most lucrative and sought-after elements of the television market, and especially crucial for Rogers and Bell, which generate large profits from their rival sports cable stations. The stakes are so high that the bidding for MLSE by both companies became driven by fear, with each side willing to go to the brink to prevent its rival from getting the prize.