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Olivia Garfield Appointed to the Role of CEO at BT Openreach UK

Posted: 15th Mar, 2011 By: MarkJ
bt openreach logoBT's current Group Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs (GDSRA), Olivia Garfield, has been appointed to become the new Chief Executive (CEO) of the operators local access network business (BT Openreach).

Garfield is currently overseeing the company's "fibre broadband strategy" (i.e. FTTC and FTTP deployments) and other key areas. By contrast BT Openreach is responsible for ensuring that all rival UK ISPs have equality of access to the local BT network.

Meanwhile Steve Robertson, whom has led Openreach since its foundation in 2005, is to remain with BT to help ensure a smooth handover before leaving to exploit new opportunities. Garfield’s task will be to build on the foundations laid by Robertson, which will be quite similar to her previous role.

Ian Livingston, BT Chief Executive, said:

"Steve Robertson became Chief Executive of Openreach before it was set up - he effectively created a new division of the Group. His achievements at the helm of Openreach have been tremendous. He decided a while ago that, after six years running Openreach, it was time to pass over to someone else to take the business on to the next stage of transformation. His enthusiasm and drive will be missed.

Given Steve's departure, I am delighted to be able to announce that Liv Garfield succeeds him. She has done a fabulous job as Strategy Director and has gained recognition both in and beyond BT for her leadership skills."

Garfield added:

"Openreach is a terrific business - one that underpins much of the UK economy - so being selected to lead it is a fantastic opportunity and one that I am thrilled to have been offered.

Competition in UK telecommunications has led to low prices and innovative new services, and my aim is to ensure that continues. Fibre broadband is the future and I am determined to make it available to as many homes and businesses as possible via a wide range of providers."

Naturally this also leaves a post open in Olivia Garfield's previous role, which will be filled by BT Retail's current Head of Strategy, Sean Williams. He previously held Board director positions at Ofcom, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and Williams Lea Group plc. This process of musical chairs will officially commence place on 1st April 2011 (April Fool's Day, good timing).
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