Chief Corporate Officer Chris Peirce to leave MTS Allstream

Stock symbol: MBT

TORONTO, ON, Dec. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX: MBT) (the "Company" or "MTS Allstream") today announced that Chief Corporate Officer Chris Peirce is retiring from the Company effective December 31, 2013.

"Chris has been a key part of the MTS Allstream story since the earliest days of the Company, and has played an important role both inside and outside the Company as it has become one of Canada's leading communication solutions companies," said Pierre Blouin, Chief Executive Officer. "He has had significant influence on many functional areas of the Company, and has been an effective voice for change in Canada's telecommunications market. On behalf of the Board, and of his colleagues, I thank Chris for his contributions to MTS Allstream, and wish him the best in the future."

Mr. Peirce joined MTS Allstream's predecessor AT&T Canada in 1999 as Vice-President, Government Affairs with a mandate to advocate for a more pro-competitive legislative and regulatory framework in Canada. In roles of successive responsibility and breadth within the organization and as an active leader with industry groups, Mr. Peirce made significant contributions to the telecommunications policy landscape in Canada while also playing a leading role in shaping MTS Allstream's position on major issues including the contribution subsidy mechanism, competitor network access, anti-competitive behaviour, wireless spectrum auction rules and foreign investment regulations. His work has contributed significantly to MTS Allstream's development, helping pave the way for increased opportunity for the Company, its shareholders, and customers.

"I am proud of what my colleagues and I have been able to accomplish for MTS Allstream, and I take particular satisfaction in having played a role in helping create a more competitive telecommunications framework in Canada," said Mr. Peirce. "I thank my colleagues, the management team and the Board for their support and friendship, and look forward to following the company's successes in the years ahead."

Paul Beauregard, currently MTS Allstream's Chief Administrative Officer and Corporate Secretary, will assume Mr. Peirce's responsibilities and becomes Chief Corporate and Strategy Officer and Corporate Secretary. As Chief Corporate Officer, Mr. Beauregard will be responsible for the strategy, corporate development, regulatory, corporate communications and community investment functions of the Company, and will continue to be responsible for the oversight of all Legal and Human Resource matters at MTS Allstream, as well as coordinating and supporting the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. Beauregard joined MTS Allstream in 2008 and has more than a decade of extensive experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining MTS Allstream, he was Vice-President, Law, Mergers and Acquisitions at BCE / Bell Canada and was also an equity partner at the Toronto office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.

About Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.

MTS Allstream is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions companies, providing innovative communications for the way Canadians live and work today. The company has more than 100 years of experience, with approximately 5,000 employees across Canada. MTS Allstream's business is dynamic and consists of two operating divisions. In Manitoba, MTS is the leading full-service telecommunications provider for residential and business customers.

MTS's suite of services includes the latest in wireless technology, broadband services, IPTV, voice services, home security, and an extensive range of business solutions. Across Canada, Allstream is a leader in IP communications and is the only national provider that focuses exclusively on the business telecommunications market. MTS Allstream has nearly two million customer connections spanning business customers across Canada and residential consumers throughout the province of Manitoba. The Company's extensive national fibre optic network spans more than 30,000 kilometres. MTS Allstream has spent 12 consecutive years on the Jantzi Social Index for leadership in social responsibility and is the recipient of the 2011 Governance Gavel Award from the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, recognizing clear and effective public disclosure and leading governance practices.

MTS Allstream's common shares are listed on the TSX (trading symbol: MBT). Customers, stakeholders and investors who want to learn more about MTS Allstream are encouraged to visit: www.mtsallstream.com.

For more information about MTS's products and services, please visit www.mts.ca. For more information about Allstream's products and services, please visit www.allstream.com.


SOURCE MTS Allstream

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