Tony Staffieri has officially been appointed President and CEO of Rogers Communications, effective immediately after filling the role on an interim basis since mid-November. Staffieri has also been appointed to the Board of Directors.
“The appointment of Tony as President and CEO puts Rogers in a strong position as we prepare for the closing and integration of the Shaw transaction in the first half of 2022,” said Edward Rogers, Chairman of the Board, in a company announcement. “This is a pivotal point in the company’s history and the Board has full confidence in Tony’s ability to lead Rogers as we move forward.”
Staffieri’s official appointment sees the Rogers’ family power struggle come full circle. The company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for nine years, it was Staffieri’s abrupt resignation following a September board meeting that first signalled behind-the-scenes drama. Following Edward Rogers’ appointment of five new independent directors to the board and a November B.C. Supreme Court ruling greenlighting the newly-configured board, CEO Joe Natale’s exit was announced less than two weeks later.
“It is a tremendous honour to be appointed President and CEO and I am very excited for the opportunities that lie ahead for Rogers with our exceptional set of assets and strong team,” added Staffieri. “I remain focused on driving shareholder value with improved execution and completing the Shaw transaction to create one strong organization focused on delivering exceptional customer service and the best networks in Canada.”
Staffieri becomes the third CEO of Rogers Communications in the last six years. Natale held the role for four years and eight months, following Guy Laurence’s sudden departure in 2016 after just three years at the helm of the company.
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