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New Rogers chief executive Joe Natale joining company sooner than expected

Rogers Communications has signed a deal to allow former Telus CEO Joe Natale join the company sooner than expected.

Rogers says it has a confidential deal with Telus to allow Natale to start job this month

Joe Natale, the former top executive at Telus, will be taking over as CEO at Rogers Communications next week after the two companies worked out a deal to allow him to start work sooner than had been planned. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Rogers Communications has signed a deal to allow former Telus CEO Joe Natale join the company sooner than expected.

Natale was named in October as the next chief executive at Rogers to replace Guy Laurence.

However, a non-compete agreement had been expected to keep him from starting the job until July.

Rogers says it has reached a confidential agreement with Telus to allow Natale to take over the top job next Wednesday.

He is also expected to be appointed to the Rogers board of directors at its annual general meeting next week.

Natale stepped down as chief executive at Telus in August 2015.

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