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
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. Aged 64.
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 member of the advisory council of ING. A Dutch national,
he is aged 51.
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 becomes a non-executive director
of Hilton Group from 1 June 2003. Aged 38.
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 Hays plc. A French national, he is aged 47.
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 47.
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. Aged 46.
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 56.
Sir Anthony Greener
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 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 62.
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 54.
The Rt Hon Baroness Jay of Paddington
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 UK 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
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. In January 2002,
he was appointed deputy chairman of Kingfisher. Aged 55.
Carl G Symonb,c
Carl Symon was appointed to the Board on 14 January 2002.
He is managing director, global business development,
DiamondCluster International Inc. (USA). 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,
a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce, and vice-chairman
of Cross Atlantic Capital Partners. A US national, he
is aged 57.
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 61.
Key to membership of principal Board committees:
f Pension Scheme Performance Review
All the non-executive directors are considered independent
of the management of the company.
Ben Verwaayen Chief
Ian Livingston Group
Pierre Danon Chief
Executive, BT Retail
Andy Green Chief Executive,
BT Global Services
Dr Paul Reynolds Chief
Executive, BT Wholesale
See above for biographical details.
Alison Ritchie Chief
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
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.
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 and a member of the executive committee of the
British Quality Foundation. Aged 45.