Canadian Cable Pioneer Phil Lind to Retire From Rogers Communications

The vice chairman will step down from active duty at the end of 2014 after a 45-year career.

TORONTO – Rogers Communications vice chairman Phil Lind will retire at the end of 2014 after 45 years leading Canada's biggest cable and wireless phone giant.

Lind, who is also executive vp of regulatory, will continue as a consultant at Toronto-based Rogers for three years, working on specific projects.

And he will retain his seat on the board of directors.

Lind stepping down from active duty follows Rogers naming a new CEO, Guy Laurence, and comes as Canada moves toward cable unbundling and the company is seeing weakness in its core wireless business.

He joined Rogers in 1969 as programming chief, and eventually rose to become the trusted lieutenant of company founder and CEO Ted Rogers, who died in 2008. 

Lind oversaw Rogers' expansion into the U.S. cable market in the 1980s before those assets were eventually sold off for a profit.

Lind was inducted into the U.S. Cable Hall of Fame in 2012.