[This post is updated] Perhaps someone smarter than me can explain the appearance in this morning's paper of an appointment notice whereby Isabelle Marcoux, vice-chair and vice-president of Corporate Development of Transcontinental Inc. has joined the board of Rogers Communications Inc. By this stroke
- a very senior executive of Canada's largest consumer magazine publisher, Transcontinental Media, is sitting at the table with Canada's second largest consumer magazine publisher, Rogers Publishing;
- Rogers' principal printer for all its consumer and trade publications is no longer simply a supplier, but is sitting at the boardroom table.
According to Rogers spokeswoman Jan Innes, the company is well aware of the situation and will act accordingly if a conflict of interest arises."Magazines are a very small part of Rogers' business. Ms. Marcoux will recuse herself from any Board level discussion of magazines," Ms. Innes said in an e-mail.]