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Board of directors and Operating Committee

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 Charlotte’s Hospitals Special Health Authority from 1982 to 1994 and of Hammersmith Hospital’s 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 Minister’s Advisory Panel on the Citizen’s Charter. He is Senior Adviser at Warburg Pincus and chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Aged 66.

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. He is a non-executive director of UPS. A Dutch national, he is aged 53.

Hanif Lalani Group Finance Directora,f
Hanif Lalani was appointed to the Board on 7 February 2005 as Group Finance Director. He was formerly Chief Financial Officer for BT Wholesale. Since joining BT in 1983 he has held a number of positions, including Chief Executive of BT Northern Ireland and Managing Director BT Regions. Hanif Lalani was also Chairman of OCEAN Communications (BT’s subsidiary in the Republic of Ireland). He was awarded the OBE in January 2003 for services to business in Northern Ireland. He is a Chartered Management Accountant. Aged 43.

Ian Livingston Chief Executive, BT Retaila
Ian Livingston was appointed as Chief Executive of BT Retail on 7 February 2005. He was formerly Group Finance Director from April 2002. Prior to joining BT, he was 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 and also a non-executive director of Hilton Group. Aged 40.

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 49.

Dr Paul Reynolds Chief Executive, BT Wholesalea
Paul Reynolds was appointed to the Board on 19 November 2001. In April 2000, he was appointed as Chief Executive of BT Wholesale. He joined BT from the company’s 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 is a non-executive director of E-Access (a Japanese corporation). Aged 48.

Non-Executive directors
Clayton Brendishb,e
Clayton Brendish was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2002. He is non-executive director and external chairman of the Meteorological Office Board, non-executive chairman of Close Beacon Investment Fund and Echo Research Limited 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. 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. Aged 58

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 the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority. 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 64.

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. Louis Hughes was granted unpaid leave of absence by the Board from 1 September 2004 to 30 June 2005 to lead the civil reconstruction effort for the US Government in Afghanistan. A US national, he is aged 56.

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 has held non-executive positions with Scottish Power, Carlton Television and LBC. 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. She is currently chairman of the Overseas Development Institute, a non-executive director of Independent News & Media and a member of its International Advisory Board, and a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Aged 65.

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, of which he will become chairman in September 2005. Aged 57.

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 59.

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, British Airways and a member of the Supervisory Board of Akzo-Nobel.
     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 63.

Operating Committee
Ben Verwaayen Chief Executive
Hanif Lalani Group Finance Director
Ian Livingston Chief Executive, BT Retail
Andy Green Chief Executive, BT Global Services
Dr Paul Reynolds Chief Executive, BT Wholesale
biographical details.

Alison Ritchiea,e
Alison Ritchie joined BT from the company’s 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. She directs and champions the transformation of BT from a narrowband to a broadband company, and the delivery of high quality broadband services to residential, business and wholesale customers. Alison Ritchie was formerly Chief Executive, BT Openworld. Before joining BT Openworld, she was BT’s 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 44.

Company Secretary
 
Larry Stonee
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). He is a trustee of the BT Pension Scheme and was a director of ProShare. Aged 47.

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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