Bell Aliant announces Karen Sheriff as new President and CEO



    HALIFAX, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income
Fund(1) (TSX: BA.UN) today announced that Karen Sheriff has been appointed
President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Aliant, effective November 3,
2008.
    Ms. Sheriff is currently Chief Operating Officer of Bell Aliant and will
succeed Stephen Wetmore, who in July 2008 announced his intention to step
down. Ms. Sheriff is a Director of Bell Aliant and has served in that
capacity, and as a Director of its predecessor company, Aliant Inc., since
2004.
    "Bell Aliant is a tremendous organization, with a deservedly proud
tradition of financial performance and customer service," said Ms. Sheriff. "I
am very much looking forward to this new opportunity and to working with such
a talented team."
    "Karen's extensive experience as a telecommunications executive and deep
knowledge of Bell Aliant position her well to provide sound leadership to our
organization," said Charles White, Chair of the Management Resources and
Compensation Committee and Lead Independent Director for Bell Aliant.
    Ms. Sheriff became President, Small and Medium Business, Bell Canada in
June 2003. She joined Bell Canada in May 1999 as Senior Vice President of
Product Management & Development and later became Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to this, she ran Corporate Marketing and Branding at Ameritech Inc.
    Ms. Sheriff has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful
Women three times and in 2007, she was named to the Women's Executive Network
(WXN) Top 100 Women Hall of Fame.

    About Bell Aliant

    Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional
communications providers. Through its operating entities it serves customers
in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and
technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added
business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT
professional services in Canada and the US. Bell Aliant's 10,000 employees are
committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and
convenience.

    
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    (1) Bell Aliant derives all of its income from its indirect ownership in
        Bell Aliant Regional Communications Holdings, Limited Partnership
        ("Bell Aliant Holdings LP") and Bell Nordiq Trust. Bell Aliant
        Holdings LP's results combine the results of Bell Aliant Regional
        Communications, Limited Partnership ("Bell Aliant LP"), Télébec,
        Limited Partnership ("Télébec") and NorthernTel, Limited Partnership
        ("NorthernTel").
    
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For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: Kelly Gallant, (866) 762-6540,
kelly.gallant@bell.aliant.ca; Investor Relations: Zeda Redden, (877) 487-5726,
zeda.redden@bell.aliant.ca

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