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JOHN T. MCLENNAN SUCCEEDS ROBERT KEARNEY AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF BELL CANADA

 MONTREAL, Quebec, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Canada today announced the appointment of John T. McLennan as president, CEO and a director of the company. Bell's current president and CEO, Robert Kearney, is retiring on Dec. 31, 1993, after 33 years of distinguished service. McLennan's appointment takes effect Jan. 1, 1994.
 Robert Kearney's tenure has been marked by a commitment to a greater role for market forces in determining the evolution of the telecommunications industry and the firm conviction that further policy and regulatory changes are required to achieve the benefits which competition is intended to bring to customers. Kearney has outlined a vision of customer choice where a new balance must be struck between the regulated utility and open competitive elements of the industry.
 In addition to continuing as director of Bell Canada and a number of BCE-related companies, Kearney will serve as chairman of BCE Canadian Telecom Group, a post currently held by J.V.R. Cyr. Cyr will continue as chairman of Bell Canada. In his new role, Kearney will participate in the future evolution of BCE Inc.'s Canadian telecommunications strategies.
 John McLennan assumes responsibility for the leadership of Bell Canada. McLennan brings a background of success in the management of high-growth, technology-based companies. Prior to his appointment as president of Bell Ontario, McLennan was chairman, president and CEO of BCE Mobile Communications Inc. (BCE Mobile) from 1990 until 1993. McLennan was chiefly responsible for repositioning Bell Mobility's operating companies under a common name and developing brand awareness. He is a firm proponent of deriving company direction from the customer's perspective. With an impressive string of accomplishments at BCE Mobile, Mitel and Cantel behind him, McLennan brings a diversity of experience to the challenges facing Bell Canada.
 Bell Canada, the largest Canadian telecommunications operating company, markets a full range of state-of-the-art products and services to more than 7 million business and residence customers in Quebec and Ontario.
 Bell Canada is a member of Stentor, an alliance of Canada's major telecommunications companies.
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 /CONTACT: Richard French, vice president (corporate development), 416-581-3632; or Claude Beauregard, assistant vice president (public affairs), 514-870-7345, or home, 514-483-2528/
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