#31: Guy Laurence
President & CEO, Rogers Communications Inc.
Why he matters: Upending the telecommunications sector
Early in his tenure, Guy Laurence dismissed a regulatory complaint filed by a competitor as coming from “crybaby Bell.” The comment signalled that Laurence had no interest in following conventions. He’s led a massive transformation of Rogers (owner of Canadian Business), from its corporate structure to its wireless plans. He’s also struck strategic partnerships with Vice Media and Spotify, demonstrating a keen understanding of the new media landscape.