Rogers names Brent Johnston to be new wireless president, starting Monday

TORONTO _ Rogers Communications has named a former Telus executive to be president for its wireless division starting Monday.

Brent Johnston was most recently at Apple Canada from early 2016 until this year and, before that, he worked for 11 years at the wireless division of Telus Corp., which competes with Rogers.

At Apple, his responsibilities included all product lines including smartphones sold through network carriers, national retail channels and enterprise clients.

At Telus, he held several positions including senior vice-president for consumer marketing.

The wireless business _ which includes the Rogers, Fido and Chatr brands _ accounts for more than half of all revenue at Rogers, which also owns a major cable and internet business in addition to various media holdings.

Last year, wireless revenue totalled $8.3 billion out of a total of $14.1 billion.

Looking ahead, Rogers, Bell, Telus and Shaw are upgrading their networks so they can deliver vastly more data at a new level of speed through fifth-generation wireless technology that’s expected to become commercially available by 2020.