Two BCE execs leave as deal progresses

Bell Canada Enterprises announced that two executives--Patrick Pichette, president of operations, and L. Scott Thomson, executive vice president of corporate development and planning, have elected to leave the company. BCE is in the midst of being acquired by the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and three private equity firms, a $52 billion deal that had been threatened by a bondholder lawsuit and ongoing debt concerns, but now appears to be moving toward conclusion.

Pichette will become senior vice president and CFO of Google beginning in August, while Thomson becomes executive vice president, finance and CFO of Talisman Energy, effective Wednesday.

For more:
- see this BCE press release