Executive Vice-President Lawson Hunter to leave BCE

    MONTREAL, Quebec, July 9 /CNW Telbec/ - BCE announced today that
Executive Vice-President and Chief Corporate Officer Lawson Hunter is leaving
the company to take up a new position as Counsel at Stikeman Elliott LLP. His
departure will take effect July 11, 2008.
    "Lawson brought to Bell a passionate belief that consumers benefit when
government allows competitive forces to work," said BCE President and Chief
Executive Officer Michael Sabia. "He has been relentless not only in the
pursuit of more freedom for Bell to offer competitive services to our
customers but also in striving to create value for shareholders by making Bell
a stronger, better company."
    Mr. Hunter joined BCE in February 2003, taking responsibility for Bell
Canada's regulatory affairs, as well as a broader public policy agenda
affecting not only Bell but the entire communications industry. In that role
he was instrumental in championing a campaign to bring the benefits of
competition in local telephony to consumers through regulatory reform. This
culminated in two landmark decisions by the federal government: its December
2006 order to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) to rely more on market forces, and its April 2007 decision setting out
a simple and efficient framework for the CRTC to forbear from regulating local
telephone services.
    "I'm tremendously proud of what we've accomplished at Bell under Michael
Sabia's leadership," said Mr. Hunter. "There is no question that our
single-minded determination to refocus Bell on its core business and
customers, coupled with our vision for public policy reform in the
communications sector, has truly laid a new foundation for the future of the
    As one of Canada's foremost experts in competition and regulatory law,
Mr. Hunter played key roles in every major transaction in which Bell was
involved during his time at the company, including those involving CGI,
CTVGlobemedia and Telesat. He helped lead both the transaction establishing
the Bell Aliant Regional Communications Income Fund - serving as its first
Chair - and the current privatization transaction. In March 2005, Mr. Hunter
took on the additional role of Chief Corporate Officer, overseeing all
corporate services at the company and driving a cultural change that has led
to increased efficiency and a more service-oriented approach.
    "Bell, its shareholders, customers and employees, have all seen the
benefits of Lawson's clear eyed approach to business and the law," concluded
Mr. Sabia. "I want to thank him for his vision and his common sense advice,
which have been invaluable to me personally."

    About BCE Inc.

    BCE is Canada's largest communications company, providing the most
comprehensive and innovative suite of communication services to residential
and business customers in Canada. Under the Bell brand, the Company's services
include local, long distance and wireless phone services, high-speed and
wireless Internet access, IP-broadband services, information and
communications technology services (or value-added services) and
direct-to-home satellite and VDSL television services. BCE also holds an
interest in CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier media company. BCE shares are
listed in Canada and the United States.

For further information:

For further information: Jacqueline Michelis, Bell Canada, Media
Relations, 1-877-391-2007, jacqueline.michelis@bell.ca

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