MONTRÉAL, Aug. 3, 2022 /CNW/ – The Bell team is mourning the loss of Jean de Grandpré, former CEO of Bell Canada and founder of BCE, who passed away last weekend at the age of 100 years old. Mr. de Grandpré was instrumental in transforming the telecommunications industry in Canada, and an important leader in the business community.
“I am saddened by the passing of Mr. de Grandpré who was a great role model and an inspiration for myself and for many of us in the telecommunications industry,” said Mirko Bibic, President and CEO of BCE and Bell. “On behalf of the entire Bell team, I extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. de Grandpré’s family, friends and everyone who had the great privilege of knowing him.”
Joining Bell in 1966 as General Counsel, Mr. de Grandpré held progressively senior leadership roles at the company, becoming CEO and Chair of the Board in 1976, and playing a key role in the creation of Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) in 1983. He guided Bell through a transformative period in its history that included the launch of mobile phone services, the introduction of fibre optics technology and the rise of personal computers.
Renowned for his mentorship of future Bell leaders, Mr. de Grandpré often said “It is the people that make the company.” He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor Emeritus of McGill University, a lifetime member of the Canadian Bar Association and a member of the Bar of Québec. His biography, L’héritage d’un géant, was published in 2019.
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SOURCE BCE Inc.