Cogeco Communications

Management Team

Get to know our senior management team, a seasoned group of executives who combine discipline and boldness, supported by skilled, committed and experienced employees, to deliver the best possible service offering for our customers and the best possible return on investment for our shareholders.

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    Philippe Jetté
    Eng.

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc.

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    Philippe Jetté was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and of Cogeco Communications Inc. in September 2018.

    Mr. Jetté was previously President of Cogeco Peer 1 as of October 2015. Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer of Cogeco Communications Inc. starting in 2013 and served as the Company’s Vice President, Chief Technology Officer from 2011 to 2013.

    With more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Jetté combines practical technological know-how, mastery of complex network engineering, years of strategic planning, and experience in development, marketing and sales with an extensive knowledge of the market.

    Prior to joining Cogeco, Mr. Jetté was President, PJCS Inc. between 2008 and 2011. He served as Vice President, Wireless Data Solutions, Bell Canada between 2006 and 2008, as well as General Manager, Enterprise Marketing between 2005 and 2006 and Director, Wireless Technology between 2000 and 2005 for Bell Mobility.

    Mr. Jetté holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from École Polytechnique (Montréal) where he acts as a Governor of the Alumni Association.

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    Susan Bowen

    President, Cogeco Peer 1

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    Susan Bowen was appointed to the position of President of Cogeco Peer 1 in September 2018.

    With over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry, Ms. Bowen is a transformational leader with deep expertise in operations, sales and general management. Prior to taking on the leadership role at Cogeco Peer 1, Ms. Bowen was the company’s Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Asia, where she spearheaded strategic and tactical direction of business operations in the region with a strong focus on sustaining revenue growth and driving operational efficiency, while supporting customers in their day-to-day business. Before joining Cogeco she was Chief of Staff at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and responsible for leading their UK & Ireland growth and SMB program. Ms. Bowen has a Post-Graduate certificate in Education from the University of Greenwich, a Master’s certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She is the proud Chair of TechUK Women in Tech Council and a Non-Executive Director for Jisc.

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    Richard Shea
    Eng., MBA

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Atlantic Broadband Inc.

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    Eng., MBA
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    Richard was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Broadband in early 2015. Rich has substantial operations and engineering experience from his work at Atlantic Broadband the last 11 years and throughout his career. Rich served as Chief Operating Officer the past two years and as Chief Information Officer since Atlantic Broadband’s inception in 2003. Prior to joining Atlantic Broadband, Rich served as Chief Technology Officer for AltiComm and previously was the founder and President of Broadband Applications Management, a company focused on designing and implementing OSS and BACC systems. Rich also served in vice presidential and other senior positions at Carolina Broadband, MediaOne, Arrowsmith Technologies and General Electric.

    Rich is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Engineering. He served as an officer in the army overseas and in the US before achieving the rank of Captain and leaving for private industry. He also holds an Masters in Business Administration from Boston University.

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    Ken Smithard
    MBA

    President, Cogeco Connexion

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    MBA
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    Ken Smithard joined Cogeco in 1999 and was named President of Cogeco Connexion in 2016. Ken has held several positions throughout his career at Cogeco, ranging from: Director, Consumer Sales and Marketing to Senior Director positions in Residential Sales, Installation Services, and Warehouse, before moving to Vice President, Performance, Organizational Efficiency and Information Technology in 2014.

    Ken has a 360-degree view of the company and extensive industry knowledge, in addition to a strong financial acumen and background. Previous to Cogeco, he held various senior level management positions at Canadian Tire Financial Services.

    Ken holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Concordia University.  He also sits on the Board of Directors of Cable 14 in Hamilton, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

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    René Guimond
    B.B.A.

    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications

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    B.B.A.
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    René Guimond has been Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications of Cogeco Inc., since 2010. His previous roles with the Company had been Vice President, Development, New Media, for Cogeco Communications Inc., since 2008, as well as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Radio-Télévision Inc. and TQS Inc. between 2005 and 2008.

    Prior to joining Cogeco, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the 2005 FINA World Aquatics Championships, President and COO of TQS Inc. from 2002 to 2003 and President and CEO of the same company from 1998 to 2002, Executive Vice President and General Manager of BCP from 1995 to 1997, President and co-founder of Promo Marketing Canada Inc. from 1986 to 1994, and Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs, Club de baseball Les Expos de Montréal Inc., from 1981 to 1986. He began his career in advertising, first with BCP from 1976 to 1979, then with Cockfield Brown between 1979 and 1981.

    Mr. Guimond is a member of the Assembly of the Université de Sherbrooke and of the Québec Film and Television Council’s Cinema and Television Cluster Steering Committee. He also sits on the board of directors of Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) and The Cogeco Fund.

    He sat on the Board of Directors of the Sainte-Justine Foundation, the Board of Directors of Parc Jean-Drapeau, and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Mayor of Montreal’s Youth Foundation.

    René Guimond was awarded the title of Ambassador by the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Administration in 2013.

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    Christian Jolivet
    LLB, LLM

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

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    LLB, LLM
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    Christian Jolivet joined the Company in 1997 as Director, Legal Affairs and has held various positions since then. In 2002, he became Chief Legal Officer, supervising all legal activities of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc., as well as their respective business units. Since 2002, he has also been Corporate Secretary of the Boards of Directors of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. In 2013, Mr. Jolivet also took on the role of Vice President of Corporate Affairs of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc.

    Before joining the company, he practiced law in a firm specialized in communications law.

    Mr. Jolivet received the 2012 Québec Corporate Counsel Award in the category Accomplishment, Business Strategy.

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    Luc Noiseux
    M.Sc., eMBA

    Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer

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    M.Sc., eMBA
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    Mr. Noiseux was named Senior Vice President and Chief Technology and Strategy Officer in August 2016, He has more than 20 years of broad experience in communications, defining and promoting vision, leading execution, and delivering large, cutting-edge technology programs to market. Most recently, he was Vice President Research & Development at Accedian Networks, where he was responsible for the Chief of Technology office and for all research and development, as well as championing the introduction of a process to define, control, and communicate technology and product roadmaps across the corporation. Previously, Mr. Noiseux has also held several research and development roles at Alcatel-Lucent. He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Telecommunications from the Université du Québec’s Institut national de la recherche scientifique as well as a dual eMBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université Paris Dauphine.

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    Diane Nyisztor
    CPA, CA, HRCCC

    Senior Vice President, Corporate Human Resources

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    CPA, CA, HRCCC
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    Ms. Nyisztor was named Vice President, Corporate Human Resources in 2014. Prior to joining Cogeco, she served as Partner, International Executive Services at KPMG Canada. Previously, she held several executive positions with SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., notably as Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources and Senior Vice President, Compensation and Benefits. Ms. Nyisztor also served as Senior Principal, International Executive Services at KPMG, where she spent more than a decade after joining in 1989. She sits on the Board of Directors of Saputo Inc.

    She holds a Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certificate from McMaster University, a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University. Ms. Nyisztor also has the designations of Certified Professional Accountant and Chartered Accountant.

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    Patrice Ouimet
    CPA, CA

    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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    CPA, CA
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    Mr. Ouimet joined Cogeco in 2014 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Cogeco, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Enerkem Inc. He also served as Vice President, Corporate Development and Enterprise Risk Management at Gildan Activewear Inc. Mr. Ouimet worked for the previous ten years in various roles in the investment banking sector at Lazard Limited and at CIBC World Markets Inc. In addition, he currently serves as a board member of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation.

    Mr. Ouimet holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Diploma in Accountancy from Concordia University. He is a chartered professional accountant and chartered accountant.