BT Group appoints Adel Al-Saleh to its Board as Non-Executive Director and names Iain Conn Senior Independent Director

– UK, London –  BT Group plc (LON: BT) today announced some changes to the Board and its committees.

After serving more than nine years, Nick Rose has decided to step down from the Board as a non-executive director at the conclusion of the 2020 Annual General Meeting on 16 July 2020.

Jan du Plessis, BT’s Chairman, said “Nick has been a great asset to our Board for more than nine years, during which time he also served as Senior Independent Director and as Chair of the Audit & Risk and Remuneration Committees. I thank him wholeheartedly for his tremendous contribution and for his personal support to me during my first two years as Chairman.”

Iain Conn will succeed Nick as our Senior Independent Director, Sir Ian Cheshire will chair the Remuneration Committee and Matthew Key will chair the Audit & Risk Committee.

In addition, Timotheus Höttges has decided to step down from the Board with effect from 15 May 2020. Tim joined the Board as the nominated representative of Deutsche Telekom AG, in accordance with the terms of the BT acquisition of EE Limited in 2016. DT is entitled to nominate one non-executive director for appointment to the Board for so long as the DT group holds 10 per cent or more of the issued share capital of BT.

Adel Al-Saleh, CEO of T-Systems International GmbH (a subsidiary of DT) and a member of the Management Board of DT, will join the Board as a non-independent non-executive director and the nominated representative of DT to replace Tim, with effect from 15 May 2020. Adel will also be a member of the Nominations Committee.

Jan du Plessis said “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Tim for the insight and industry expertise he has contributed over the past four years. We look forward to welcoming Adel, who brings valuable international experience and deep knowledge of transformation and digitisation”.

Tim added, “I continue to be very committed to BT. Strong leadership is essential for the telecoms industry, especially in these difficult times which offer great opportunities but also challenges. At Deutsche Telekom, I am now very much focused on the execution of a successful US merger integration, and further developing our European businesses. Therefore, this is the right time to hand over my mandate to Adel Al-Saleh who I know will be a huge asset to the Board”.

About Adel Al-Saleh

Adel is Chief Executive Officer of T-Systems International GmbH and a member of the Management Board of Deutsche Telekom AG. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Northgate Information Solutions (a software solution, IT managed services and business process outsourcing provider) between 2011-2017, and before that he held a variety of posts at both IMS Health and IBM. Adel is also a Member of the Boston University, College of Engineering Advisory Board.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services.

BT consists of four customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global and Openreach.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on the London stock exchange.

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