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Board of directors
Sir Christopher Bland
Chairmand,e,f
Sir Christopher Bland was appointed to the Board as Chairman on 1 May 2001. He chairs the Nominating and Community Support committees.
     He was chairman of the BBC Board of Governors from 1 April 1996 until 30 September 2001. From 1972 to 1979, Sir Christopher was deputy chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority and chairman of its Complaints Review Board. In 1982, he became a non-executive director of LWT Holdings and was chairman from 1983 to 1994, when LWT was acquired by Granada Group. From December 1994 to May 2000, he was chairman of NFC. From 1977 to 1985, he was chairman of Sir Joseph Causton & Sons.
     Sir Christopher, who was chairman of the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotteís Hospitals Special Health Authority from 1982 to 1994 and of Hammersmith Hospitalís NHS Trust from 1994 to February 1997, was knighted for his work in the NHS in 1993. He was chairman of the Private Finance Panel from 1995 to 1996 and a member of the Prime Ministerís Advisory Panel on the Citizenís Charter. He is senior adviser at Warburg Pincus and chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Aged 65.

Executive directors
Ben Verwaayen
Chief Executivea
Ben Verwaayen was appointed to the Board on 14 January 2002 and became Chief Executive on 1 February 2002. He chairs the Operating Committee.
     Ben Verwaayen was formerly vice chairman of the management board of Lucent Technologies in the USA from October 1999. He joined Lucent in September 1997 as executive vice president international and became chief operating officer the following month. Prior to joining Lucent, Ben Verwaayen worked for KPN in the Netherlands for nine years as president and managing director of its telecoms subsidiary, PTT Telecom. From 1975 to 1988, he worked for ITT in Europe. A Dutch national, he is aged 52.

Ian Livingston Group Finance Directora,f
Ian Livingston was appointed Group Finance Director in April 2002. He was formerly group finance director of Dixons Group from 1997. He joined Dixons in 1991 after working for 3i Group and Bank of America International. His experience at Dixons spanned a number of operational and financial roles, both in the UK and overseas. He was also a director of Freeserve from its inception. He is a Chartered Accountant. He is a non-executive director of Hilton Group. Aged 39.

Pierre Danon Chief Executive, BT Retaila
Pierre Danon was appointed to the Board on 19 November 2001. He joined BT as Chief Executive of BT Retail in October 2000 and was a member of the former Executive Committee. From 1981 to 2000, he worked for Rank Xerox (which became Xerox in 1997), latterly as president of Xerox Europe. He was a senior vice president of Xerox Corporation since
1997. He is a non-executive director of Emap. A French national, he is aged 48.

Andy Green Chief Executive, BT Global Servicesa
Andy Green was appointed to the Board on 19 November 2001. He was appointed as Chief Executive of BT Global Services in October 2001. Since joining BT in 1986, he has
held a number of positions, including Chief Executive of BT Openworld and Group Director of Strategy and Development. Andy Green was a member of the former Executive Committee from February 1995. Aged 48.

Dr Paul Reynolds Chief Executive, BT Wholesalea
Paul Reynolds was appointed to the Board on 19 November 2001. In April 2000, he was appointed to the former Executive Committee as Chief Executive of BT Wholesale. He joined BT from the companyís predecessor corporation, which he joined in 1983, and has held a number of roles, including Director of the Office of the Chairman, Director of Multimedia and, from 1999, Managing Director of Networks and Information Services. He will become a non-executive director of E-Access (a Japanese corporation), in June 2004. Aged 47.

Non-Executive directors
Clayton Brendishb,e
Clayton Brendish was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2002. He is non-executive chairman of Beacon Investment Fund and a non-executive director of Elexon and Herald Investment Trust. He is also a trustee of Economist Newspapers and the Foundation for Liver Research and a council member of City University of London. Prior to his retirement in May 2001, Clayton Brendish was executive deputy chairman of CMG having joined the board when it acquired Admiral. Clayton Brendish was co-founder and executive chairman of Admiral, incorporated in 1979. He also acted as an advisor to the Government on the efficiency of the Civil Service, working as an advisor to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Office of Public Services on their respective Next Steps Agencies. Aged 57.

Sir Anthony Greener Deputy Chairmanb,c,d
Sir Anthony Greener was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2000. He was appointed Joint Deputy Chairman and chairman of the Audit Committee on 1 January 2001. He is the senior independent director. He became Deputy Chairman and chairman of the
Remuneration Committee on 18 July 2001.
     Sir Anthony is chairman of University for Industry (learndirect) and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and a non-executive director of Robert Mondavi Corporation. He was formerly chairman of Diageo. Prior to the merger of Guinness and Grand Metropolitan, he was chairman and chief executive of Guinness, having been chief executive of Guinness since 1992. Aged 63.

Louis R Hughesb,c
Louis Hughes joined the Board on 1 January 2000. He is non-executive chairman of Maxager Technology Inc. (USA). He was formerly president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation and previously executive vice president of General Motors.
     Louis Hughes is a non-executive director of AB Electrolux (Sweden) and Sulzer AG and ABB Limited (both Switzerland). From 1993 to 2000, he was a member of the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank. A US national, he is aged 55.

The Rt Hon Baroness Jay of Paddington PCc,e
Baroness (Margaret) Jay was appointed to the Board on 14 January 2002. She was formerly Lord Privy Seal, Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women. Previously, she was Minister of State at the Department of Health.
     Baroness Jay is a non-executive director of Independent News & Media and has held non-executive positions with Scottish Power, Carlton Television and LBC. Currently chairman of the Overseas Development Institute, she has been a member of the Central Research and Development Committee for the NHS, was a founding director of the National AIDS trust, a governor of South Bank University and a member of the Meteorological Office Council. Aged 64.

John Nelsonb,d,f
John Nelson was appointed to the Board on 14 January 2002. A Chartered Accountant, he retired as chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston Europe (CSFB) on 31 January 2002. He was a member of the executive board and chairman of the European executive committee of CSFB.
     Prior to joining CSFB in January 1999, John Nelson spent 13 years with Lazard Brothers. He was appointed vice chairman of Lazard Brothers in 1990. He was also a chairman of Lazard S.p.A. in Italy and a managing director of Lazard Freres, New York.
     He was a non-executive director of Woolwich until it was taken over by Barclays Bank in 2000. He is deputy chairman of Kingfisher and a non-executive director of Hammerson. Aged 56.

Carl G Symonb,c
Carl Symon was appointed to the Board on 14 January 2002. He retired from IBM in May 2001 after a 32-year career, during which he held senior executive positions in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Asia and Europe, including chairman and chief executive officer of IBM UK.
     Carl Symon is chairman of a number of private companies and a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce and Rexam. A US national, he is aged 58.

Maarten van den Berghb,c,d,f
Maarten van den Bergh was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2000. He chairs the Pension Scheme Performance Review Group. He is chairman of Lloyds TSB Group and a non-executive director of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and British Airways.
      Prior to his retirement in July 2000, Maarten van den Bergh was president of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and vice chairman of its committee of managing directors from July 1998, having been appointed a managing director of the Royal Dutch Shell Group of companies in July 1992. A Dutch national, he is aged 62.

Operating Committee
Ben Verwaayen Chief Executive
Ian Livingston Group Finance Director
Pierre Danon Chief Executive, BT Retail
Andy Green Chief Executive, BT Global Services
Dr Paul Reynolds Chief Executive, BT Wholesale
 

Alison Ritchiea,e
Alison Ritchie joined BT from the companyís predecessor corporation, which she joined in 1981. She was appointed a member of the former Executive Committee in December 2000.
     Alison Ritchie was appointed Chief Broadband Officer in November 2002 and she directs BTís policy on broadband developments across the whole of BT ensuring a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of high quality broadband services to residential and business customers. Alison Ritchie was formerly Chief Executive, BT Openworld. Before joining BT Openworld, she was BTís Restructuring Project Director, co-ordinating the project teams working on the financial, organisational and managerial restructuring of BT. She is a member of the board of the British Quality Foundation and a non-executive director of Roffey Park Institute. Aged 43.

Company Secretary
Larry Stone

Larry Stone, formerly Corporate Governance Director from 1 June 2000, was appointed Company Secretary on 27 March 2002. He previously held external relations and regulatory roles with BT in Tokyo and Brussels and with BT Cellnet (now O2 UK). He is a trustee of the BT Pension Scheme, a member of the executive committee of the British Quality Foundation and a director of ProShare. Aged 46.

Key to membership of principal Board committees:
a Operating
b Audit
c Remuneration
d Nominating
e Community Support
f Pension Scheme Performance Review Group
 
All the non-executive directors are considered independent of the management of the company.

 

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