Board of Directors

Sir Michael Rake, Chairman
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Chairman
Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive François Barrault, Chief Executive, BT Global Services Hanif Lalani, OBE, Group Finance Director Ian Livingston, Chief Executive, from 1 June 2008
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Executive Directors
Maarten van den Bergh, Deputy Chairman Matti Alahuhta
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Non-Executive Directors

1. Sir Michael Rake, Chairman c d*e*f
Appointed to the Board as Chairman on
26 September 2007. He was formerly chairman of KPMG International from 2002 until 2007. He is chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, and a director of Barclays, McGraw Hill, and the Financial Reporting Council. Other appointments include: vice-president of the RNIB; a member of the board of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue; a member of the CBI International Advisory Board, the Chartered Management Institute, and BERR’s US/UK Regulatory Taskforce. He was knighted in 2007 for his services to accounting.

2. Ben Verwaayen, Chief Executive a*
A Dutch national, appointed to the Board on
14 January 2002 and Chief Executive on 1 February 2002. Ben will step down as Chief Executive on 31 May and will leave the Board on 30 June. Formerly vice-chairman of the management board of Lucent Technologies in the US from October 1999. In 2006, he was created an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau and appointed a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. He was appointed an honorary KBE in 2007 in recognition of his services to the communications industry. Other appointments: non-executive director of UPS.

3. François Barrault, Chief Executive, BT Global Services a
A French national, appointed to the Board as Chief Executive, BT Global Services on 24 April 2007. Previously President BT International, BT Global Services, and was formerly president, Lucent Technologies.
Other appointments: non-executive director of eServGlobal (an Australian corporation).

4. Hanif Lalani, OBE, Group Finance Director a f
Appointed to the Board as Group Finance Director on 7 February 2005. A Chartered Management Accountant, he was formerly Chief Financial Officer for BT Wholesale. He was awarded the OBE in 2003 for services to business in Northern Ireland.

5. Ian Livingston, Chief Executive, from 1 June 2008 a
Chief Executive, BT Retail, from 7 February 2005 until 1 May 2008. Becomes Chief Executive on 1 June 2008. A Chartered Accountant, he was Group Finance Director from April 2002. Formerly group finance director of Dixons Group, a non-executive director of Ladbrokes (formerly Hilton Group) and also a director of Freeserve from its inception. He is a non-executive director of Celtic.

6. Maarten van den Bergh, Deputy Chairman b c*d f*
A Dutch national, appointed to the Board on 1 September 2000. He was appointed Deputy Chairman on 1 October 2006. He is the senior independent director. Before retiring in 2000, he was president of the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and vice-chairman of its committee of managing directors. He is a former chairman of Lloyds TSB Group. Other appointments: chairman of Akzo Nobel Supervisory Board; non-executive director of British Airways, and of Royal Dutch Shell.

7. Matti Alahuhta c
A Finnish national, appointed to the Board on 1 February 2006. President of Kone Corporation since January 2005, president and CEO since 2006 and a director since 2003. Formerly president Nokia mobile phones and president Nokia telecommunications. Other appointments: foundation board chairman of International Institute for Management Development (IMD); non-executive director of UPM-Kymmene Corporation, member of the Board of Helsinki University of Technology, and chairman of the Centennial Foundation of the Finland Technology Industries.

Clayton Brendish J Eric Daniels Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP Phil Hodkinson
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Deborah Lathen Carl G Symon
Key to membership of Board committees
a Operating
b Audit
c Remuneration
d Nominating
e Responsible and Sustainable Business
f Pension Scheme Performance Review Group
g Equality of Access Board
* Chairs committee
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8. Clayton Brendish b d e
Appointed to the Board on 1 September 2002. Previously executive deputy chairman of CMG. Other appointments: non-executive chairman of Anite, Close Beacon Investment Fund and Echo Research; non-executive director of Herald Investment Trust; trustee of Economist Newspapers and Foundation for Liver Research.

9. J Eric Daniels c d
A US national, appointed to the Board on 1 April 2008. Group chief executive of Lloyds TSB Group since 2003 and a director since 2001. He worked for Citibank from 1975 to 2000, becoming chief operating officer of Citibank’s consumer bank, then chairman and CEO of Travelers Life and Annuity following its merger with Citibank. After that, he was chairman and CEO of Zona Financiera before joining Lloyds TSB Group.

10. Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP b f
A British and Australian dual national, appointed to the Board on 24 March 2008. Labour MP for Leicester West, she was Secretary of State for Health from 2005 to 2007 and previously for Trade and Industry and Cabinet Minister for Women from 2001 to 2005. Before entering Parliament, she was director of research EMEA at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and deputy director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. A senior adviser to Cinven and a special consultant to Alliance Boots.

11. Phil Hodkinson b*d e f
Appointed to the Board on 1 February 2006. Formerly group finance director of HBOS. A Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, he was formerly chairman of Insight Investment, Clerical Medical Investment Group, Halifax Financial Services and the HBOS Foundation. Other appointments: non-executive director of Business in the Community and Travelex, and a trustee of Christian Aid.

12. Deborah Lathen c e
A US national, appointed to the Board on 1 February 2007. A US attorney, president of Lathen Consulting. Formerly chief of the Cable Services Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. She was previously director of national consumer affairs and managing counsel at Nissan Motor Corporation USA.

13. Carl G Symon b c g*
A US national, appointed to the Board on 14 January 2002. Formerly chairman and chief executive officer of IBM UK. Other appointments: chairman of HMV Group and Clearswift Systems; non-executive director of Rexam; an advisory board member of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners, and formerly a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce.

Gavin Patterson      
 

Gavin Patterson a e
Chief Executive, BT Retail
Joins the Board on 1 June 2008. Appointed Chief Executive, BT Retail on 1 May 2008. Gavin joined BT in January 2004 as Managing Director, Consumer Division, BT Retail. Before joining BT, he was managing director of the consumer division of Telewest. He joined Telewest in 1999 and held a number of commercial and marketing roles, after working for Procter & Gamble since 1990.

 
       

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