Third top executive in three months departs Rogers amid new CEO

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Nitin Kawale has left Rogers Communications, the third high-profile executive to do so since March.

Kawale, the former head of Cisco Systems Canada, was hired by former Rogers CEO Guy Laurence. Joe Natale became the new CEO two weeks ago.

Laurence himself left Rogers in October 2016. Chief corporate officer Jacob Glick left in March, followed by chief strategy officer Frank Boulben’s departure at the end of April.

“Nitin Kawale has decided to move on from Rogers and focus on his philanthropic and community activities,” Rogers told news outlets in a statement. “We thank him for his contributions to our enterprise business.” It’s unclear what, specifically, these activities might entail.

Kawale has a significant history in the Canadian telecommunications industry, having joined Telus in 2003 as leader of its enterprise solutions division. He later went to Cisco in December 2014. As part of his hiring at Rogers, Kawale was paid a $500,000 cash sign-on bonus and was granted share-based awards that are now worth a total of $3 million.

Meanwhile, about half of the high-profile executives who joined Rogers under Laurence’s tenure as CEO remain with the company. Deepak Khandelwal, who is chief customer officer, Dirk Woessner, in charge of the consumer business division and Rick Brace, head of the media unit, all continue to work at Rogers.

Source: The Globe and Mail