The 66-year-old chairman of the Postmedia Network Inc. board, who often went by “Ron,” passed away suddenly Monday in Florida.

Canadian media executive Ronald Osborne has died, the Financial Post reported.

The 66-year-old chairman of the Postmedia Network Inc. board, who often went by “Ron,” passed away suddenly Monday in Florida.

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He was appointed chairman of Postmedia in 2010. Prior to that, he was the chairman of Sun Life Financial. Osborne became president and CEO of Maclean Hunter Ltd. in 1986 until its sale to Rogers Communication in 1994. He also worked for three years with BCE Inc., and took over as president and chief executive of the Bell Canada division in 1997.

“All of us at Postmedia are saddened by the loss of our trusted advisor and great leader, Ron Osborne,” said Paul Godfrey, president and CEO of Postmedia, in a statement. “Ron and I have been not only colleagues in business but friends for three decades. He was, without a doubt, the best corporate director in Canada. He was insightful, visionary and thoughtful and he understood good corporate governance better than anyone I have ever known.”

Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.