Jim Shaw Passes

Jan. 5, 2018
Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) announced that, following a brief illness, Jim Shaw, vice chairman and former CEO, passed away peacefully ...

Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) announced that, following a brief illness, Jim Shaw, vice chairman and former CEO, passed away peacefully on Jan. 3 at the age of 60.

"As a family, our hearts are heavy with sadness," said Brad Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications. "I have not only lost a brother, but a great friend and mentor. Our lives will not be as complete without hearing Jim's laughter or getting the benefit of his counsel or his insight."

Jim Shaw served as the second CEO of Shaw Communications from 1998 to 2010. During the 12 years of Jim's leadership, the company's revenue grew from $646 million in 1998 to $3.7 billion in 2010.

"Jim's countless contributions to our company are integral to Shaw's long-term strength and growth as a Canadian industry leader," Brad Shaw said. "As an operator, a deal maker and a strategist, Jim continued building the foundation started by our father, JR, to create a Canadian business leader and household brand across Western Canada."

Jim Shaw joined Shaw Communications in 1982 as a construction worker and cable installer. He was appointed VP of operations in 1987, president in 1995, CEO in 1998, a director in 2002 and was elected vice chairman of the board in 2008.

In a statement, Edward Rogers, chairman of Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.A), said: "We have known Jim for many years and we are truly saddened to hear about his passing. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Jim's family, friends and to everyone at Shaw. Jim was a brilliant man and a fierce competitor. He was a confident entrepreneur who had a transformative and lasting impact on the Canadian cable landscape. He will surely be missed."

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