Since the passing of founder and CEO Ted Rogers in early December, Rogers Communications, which owns both Rogers Wireless and Fido, the sole two GSM carriers in Canada, has been without a permanent leader until a couple days ago when the Board of Directors appointed 52-year old Nadir Mohamed as the CEO. Said Alan Horn, Chairman and interim CEO prior to the appoint of Mohamed:
Nadir was the unanimous choice of our Board of Directors to succeed Ted as RCI’s President and CEO. He is a highly regarded, principled telecom executive who has the demonstrated ability to build and lead strong teams and to consistently deliver strong results. Over the past eight years Nadir has earned the respect of our Board, our employees and the investment community. The Board believes Nadir’s skills, experience, track record and firm understanding of the industry uniquely position him to lead Rogers through the next chapter in its history. We all congratulate Nadir and look forward to working with him in his expanded leadership role.
So just what is Mohamed’s priority as he begins his time as CEO?
Looking forward, we will build upon this solid foundation by driving continuous improvements to our customer experience, by improving the efficiency of our operations through cost and capital management, and by delivering innovations and deploying leading edge technologies to meet the changing needs of our customers. With our strategy and asset base both firmly set, I look forward to working together with our Board, management and employees in leading Rogers through its next era and continuing to create significant value for our customers and shareholders.
Okay, it’s pretty much your average boilerplate statement, but seeing as Mohamed has a reputation of being quite the aggressive and cunning businessman, we actually believe that he will deliver on his word.