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Rogers reaches across the pond for its new CEO

Guy Laurence, incoming CEO, Rogers Communications

Rogers Communications has reached across the pond, naming Vodafone UK chief executive Guy Laurence as the replacement to current CEO Nadir Mohamed when he retires on Dec. 2.

Reports earlier this week tapped Laurence as the favourite to get the post as head of the Canadian media conglomerate, and Rogers confirmed Thursday that he’s the unanimous choice of the Rogers board of directors. The reports lauded Laurence for his unconventional management style and commitment to improving customer service at the British carrier.

“Guy is a strong, proven executive who has consistently delivered strong financial and operating results in highly complex and competitive markets. The breadth and depth of his experience in telecommunications, pay television and media are perfectly suited to Rogers and to the challenges and opportunities we see ahead,” said Rogers chairman Alan Horn, in a statement.

Laurence will take the helm at an interesting time in the Canadian telecommunciations market. The big three carriers recently dodged a bullet when US-giant Verizon decided to take a pass on the Canadian market. He will have to see Rogers through the next spectrum auction, and the carriers would still like to see changes to the spectrum auction rules that are designed to favour new entrants.

For more reaction and analysis on Rogers’ new boss, read Howard Solomon’s coverage in IT World CanadaNew Rogers CEO to come from British carrier