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BT Picks Adam Crozier to Replace Jan du Plessis as UK Chairman

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 (1:25 pm) - Score 1,248

After a long hunt, the BT Group has today officially announced that the former CEO of ITV, Adam Crozier, has been chosen to replace Jan du Plessis as Chairman when he retires from the UK role – thought to be worth £700,000-a-year – on 1st December 2021.

Jan du Plessis has been a key figure within BT and helped to oversee the many changes that flowed from Ofcom’s 2016 Strategic Review of Digital Communications (full summary), which among other things forced the operator’s network access division (Openreach) to become a distinct “legally separate” company with its own board.

Meanwhile, the group’s new CEO, Philip Jansen, seems to be moving further away from their TV business and appears to be more interested in fuelling a major upgrade of their national broadband infrastructure, which recently saw the operator commit to a £15bn rollout of their gigabit-capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to 25 million UK premises by December 2026 (here).

Suffice to say that the BT Group is going through somewhat of a restructuring exercise at the moment, and Adam Crozier has certainly had plenty of experience on that front. He is currently Chairman of Whitbread plc, ASOS plc, Kantar Group Limited, as well as a non-executive director of Sony Corporation. On top of that, he’s also been CEO of both ITV and Royal Mail Holdings, which both required a lot of modernisation.

Adam Crozier said:

“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. I look forward to working with the Board, Philip and his executive team to create value for all our stakeholders.”

Philip Jansen, BT Group Chief Executive, said:

“I would like to thank Jan for his leadership over the last four years. He has overseen the achievement of significant milestones and the recent improvement in BT’s fortunes and his careful stewardship has left the business in a better, stronger position. On behalf of the Executive Committee and all our colleagues, I would like to wish him well for the future. I am delighted to welcome Adam to BT and I really look forward to working with him as we target returning BT to consistent growth.”

Under the proposed plan, Adam will join the Board as an independent non-Executive Director and Chairman Designate on 1st November 2021 and will then become Chairman with effect from 1st December 2021, when Jan retires from the BT Board.

Adam will also step down as Chairman of ASOS plc on 29th November 2021 and will NOT put himself forward for re-election at their upcoming annual general meeting. He will also step down as a non-executive director of Sony from 31st December 2021.

On joining the Board, Adam will be appointed to the Nominations Committee and will succeed Jan as Chair of that committee on 1st December 2021.

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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17 Responses
  1. adslmax says:

    Greedy cowboy Adam Crozier with fatcat £700,000 a year salary! Very selfish!

    1. Fastman says:

      ADSLMax politics of envy alive and well in cuckoo oak i see (or is you just grumping you dont have FTTP at your address again)

      as an aside this sound like a typical salary for a chairman of a FTSE 100

    2. CarlT says:

      Don’t know what a chairman of an FTSE 100 actually does.

      Are they worth it objectively? Of course not. Executive competition has increased dramatically with no increase in shareholder value, just what happens when a group are adeciding one another’s compensation.

      Is the the market we’re in? Yup. One company can’t rewrite the rules so has to pay the going rate.

      BTW this isn’t even full time, Max.

    3. Peter MacCabe says:

      @GFastman people like you you go on about’the politics of envy’ yet when working people are requesting a reasonable oay rise you start bleating ok n about them ‘pricing themselves out of jobs’ ..let those who are on huge salaries oay their fair share of taxes. Or is that ‘the politics of envy’ as well ? Hypocrite..!!!

    4. Buggerlugz says:

      All the talk of envy. No job is “worth” £700k, no matter “how good” the choice is.

    5. A_Builder says:

      £700k sounds pretty cheap to me.

      Directors, these days, have a lot of legal responsibility and it costs a lot to get people to take that risk.

      Gone are the days when all the risk sat in the company vesssel and everyone was insulated from that risk.

  2. adslmax says:

    I don’t need FTTP as speed isn’t important to me now. Only reliable internet to watch Netflix as soon I will be downgraded back to FTTC 80/20 from G.fast 330/50 next year when the contract has expired. So, I don’t need faster than 80Meg.

    1. Steve L says:

      Sure you might not but other people do and 80Mbits is definitely not futureproof, it probably couldn’t handle streaming a 4K HDR Blu-ray at high bitrates.

    2. Bob says:

      @Steve L

      Don’t feed the troll!

  3. John H says:

    Adam was CEO of the Post Office when the Horizon sub-postmaster false prosecutions started. No questions have been asked of him as to what he knew.

    1. Buggerlugz says:

      friends in high places then, no doubt helps his accent to BT……

    2. Buggerlugz says:

      Or BT wanted a CEO good at covering up stuff for decades? Gotta hand it to him, he’s pretty good at that.

  4. MrTruth says:

    Picking Adam Crozier just shows how far downwards BT have gone.

  5. Richard says:

    Ben Verwaayen was the best CEO BT ever had.

    He directly helped me and other Ispreview members obtain broadband.
    Am email to him on a Good Friday led to a reply on the Saturday, an email from his assistant on Easter Monday and a call to me on the following Friday where am area Manager said I could order broadband.

    Ben helped a lot of people.

    1. GNewton says:

      Wasn’t there a controversy over Ben Verwaayen’s management style at BT, with accusations that BT Global Services had to write down substantial losses? And that he was to be blamed?

  6. Richard says:

    No idea GNewton, my comment is based on fact not gossip.

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