BT appoints former Royal Mail and ITV boss Adam Crozier as new chair

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Crozier currently chairs Whitbread PLC, ASOS PLC, Kantar Group and is a non-exec at Sony

() has appointed former Royal Mail PLC and ITV PLC boss and serial non-executive director Adam Crozier as its new chairman.

Crozier, who currently chairs (), (), Kantar Group and is a non-exec at (), will take over from Jan du Plessis when he retires from BT on 1 December.

BT announced that du Plessis was leaving in March amid reports that chief executive Philip Jansen was unhappy with the speed of restructuring at the telecoms giant and wanted a new chairman to accelerate things.

The telecoms group denied the reports but in a statement today acknowledged that Crozier was a specialist in “turning around organisations” and had led the modernisation and transformation of Royal Mail, another former state monopoly that has struggled to adapt to a changing world.

Crozier will step down as chairman of ASOS before he joins the BT board, said today’s statement, and will also give up his role at Sony at the end of the year.

Jan du Plessis said: “I am delighted Adam is succeeding me. Chairing the board of BT over the past four years has been a tremendous privilege.”

Adam Crozier added: “It is an honour to join the board of BT and to succeed Jan as Chair. BT is a hugely important company, with a critical role to play in building the digital networks and services to support the UK’s future.”

In June, French telecoms billionaire Patrick Drahi took a 12% stake in BT through his Altice vehicle because of the opportunity for broadband arm Openreach, he said at the time.



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