Like fellow Bell Canada executive Kevin Crull (President - Residential Services who had stints at the former US West and AT&T), Karen Sheriff, President and Chief Executive Office of Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN), is another U.S. Bell System transport to find their way to a major Canadian service provider.
After heading corporate marketing and branding at the former Ameritech Inc. (now AT&T), Sheriff joined Canadian service provider Bell Canada in 1999 as the telco's Senior Vice President of Product Management & Development.
It did not take long for her rise through the ranks at Bell Canada where she served first as the service provider's Chief Marketing Officer and ultimately as President, Small and Medium Business.
As President and CEO of Bell Aliant-a role she's held since November 2008--one of many initiatives Sheriff has become known for in 2010 and beyond is an ambitious ongoing Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network build known as FibeOP that will pass about 140,000 homes by the end of this year. Between 2010 and 2012, the service provider plans to have FTTH passing over 600,000 homes and businesses.
Her talents as a business leader have been widely recognized in Canadian business circles. In addition to being named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women three times, she was named to the Women's Executive Network (WXN) Top 100 Women Hall of Fame in 2007.
But Sheriff's role won't be without its share of challenges this year, however. Facing ongoing landline losses, the service provider continues to focus on ways to cut costs.
Given her track record thus far to grow revenue and launch new ventures, we're confident that Sheriff will make the right decisions to advance Bell Aliant's growth.