Alan Horn Obituary, Death – In a statement issued late Monday, Rogers Communications Chairman Edward Rogers said, “Alan was one of the most devoted and insightful leaders I have ever dealt with.” “Over the past 30 years, he has made incalculable contributions to the company, for which we will be eternally thankful.” He was not only a valuable counsel to the Board of Directors and Ted’s confidante, but he was also a friend and mentor to me. Horn began working for Ted Rogers in 1990 after working as a tax consultant for him for more than a decade. He served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 1996 to 2006, and as Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2017.
In addition, he served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer between October 2008 and March 2009, as well as between October 2016 and April 2017. Horn was a member of the Rogers Control Trust’s Advisory Committee and served on the company’s Board of Directors continuously from 2006 until the power struggle in 2021 that culminated in Edward Rogers winning control of the RCI board. During this time, Edward Rogers took over the RCI board. In a press release, Rogers credited Horn with significantly strengthening the company’s balance sheet, transforming the company’s debt from junk bond status to investment grade status, unifying all of Rogers’ operating companies under a single public stock, launching a dividend program, and playing a key role in a number of transformative acquisitions.
“He helped put the company up for future growth and functioned as a soothing force after Ted Rogers’ passing,” according to the press release. “Alan has been a vital component in the success machine that is Rogers for the past three decades,” Rogers added. “He has been a key component of the firm, and Rogers is in a much better position today as a result of his leadership.” His sharp mind and wise counsel will be sorely missed.