SaskTel announced today, Feb. 13, that Doug Burnett, the Crown Corporation’s president and CEO, will retire in late May or early June this year.
“The board is extremely grateful for Doug’s leadership during his tenure as president and CEO of SaskTel,” said SaskTel board chair Grant Kook. “Doug is an exceptional leader with a track record for delivering on results year over year. We are thankful for Doug’s remarkable vision, innovation, and commitment to providing world-class communications services to the province of Saskatchewan.”
During Burnett’s tenure as president, he oversaw infrastructure projects including SaskTel’s 5G Network Modernization Program, Wireless Saskatchewan, and the ongoing Rural Fibre Initiative.
Burnett began his career at SaskTel in 1990 as corporate counsel and then became general manager, human resources. He was named vice president, human resources and corporate services in 2003. Burnett was acting president for several years, before being appointed president and CEO in 2019. He also practiced law for six years in Regina before joining SaskTel.
“I’d like to thank Doug for his over 30 years of service to SaskTel, and for his leadership in navigating a complex and competitive industry,” said Don Morgan, Minister responsible for SaskTel. “Doug has been instrumental in delivering on our government’s plan to build a better Saskatchewan by investing in infrastructure that supports and strengthens growth and continued prosperity in all communities in our province.”
The search to replace Burnett will begin shortly, to be led by the SaskTel board of directors.