President and Chief Executive Officer, Bell Aliant
Karen Sheriff was appointed President and CEO of Bell Aliant in November 2008, after serving as Chief Operating Officer since July 2008.
Taking over in an aggressively competitive environment, Ms. Sheriff has initiated a plan of corporate transformation and strategic priority-setting.
Ms. Sheriff has led Bell Aliant in its game-changing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network build, making Bell Aliant the first company in Canada to cover an entire city with FTTH.
Before joining Bell Aliant, Ms. Sheriff was President of Small and Medium Business with Bell Canada. Prior to this she was Chief Marketing Officer for Bell Canada, a role she moved into shortly after joining Bell Canada in May 1999 as Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development.
Before joining Bell, Ms. Sheriff was responsible for corporate marketing and branding at Ameritech Inc. She also held a variety of assignments with Ameritech and United Airlines, where she began her career.
Ms. Sheriff is a Director of Bell Aliant Inc., Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc., and Bell Aliant Preferred Equity Inc. and a past director of Aliant Inc. (from 2004) and Teknion Corporation. She is also a director of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art and an active member of the New Brunswick Business Council.
Ms. Sheriff was named one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence for 2013 by Women of Influence Inc. In 2012, she was named Woman of the Year by the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) and has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs by Atlantic Business Magazine and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women on three separate occasions.
Ms. Sheriff holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, economics and mathematics, from Washington University in St. Louis (1979) and a master’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in Marketing and Finance, from the University of Chicago (1984).
She maintains a residence in both Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia.