Rick Brace Joins Rogers as Media Business Unit President

by Istvan Fekete on July 9, 2015

Rogers president and Chief Executive Officer Guy Laurence has announced the appointment of Brick Brace as President of its Media Business Unit, effective August 10, 2015.

“Rick is a seasoned business leader with strong operational experience and a passion for the media industry that’s second to none,” said Laurence. “He’s highly skilled at developing strong teams who perform, so he was the natural choice to tackle the challenges facing the media industry. Rick and Keith will work together with the senior team to ensure a smooth transition.”

As the press release highlights, Brace has more than 35 years of experience in the sports and media industries and is a strong business leader with a proven track record. He started his a career at CBC and fulfilled a number of increasingly senior roles between 1975 and 1988. Later, he was instrumental in the creation of TSN, and was president of TSN between 1998 and 2000. After that, he joined CTV to take a number of key executive positions, including President of Specialty Channels and CTV Production, and President of CTV.

Brace will replace Keith Pelley, who has served as President of Rogers Media since 2010.

“This is an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up,” said Brace. “When you look at the mix of assets, the Rogers 3.0 plan and the digital disruption that’s transforming the media industry, this is a tremendous opportunity. Keith has done a terrific job repositioning the media business so now it’s my job to use the assets we have and work with the senior team to bring Canadians the content they want, where they want.”

Starting in August, Brace will be responsible for leading the growth of Rogers’ $1.8 billion media business and will oversee the company’s strong portfolio of media assets such as the broadcast business, publishing brands and the Shopping Channel, and Sportsnet; and sports investments including the Toronto Blue Jays, the NHL, and MLSE.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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