Du Plesis to Step Down from BT Chairman Position

Du Plesis to Step Down from BT Chairman Position

BT Group announced the upcoming retirement of their chairman Jan du Plessis. UK incumbent said that the search for his successor is underway.

Du Plessis was appointed to the operator’s board in June 2017, becoming chairman five months later. BT said the director would step down once a replacement had been appointed, with no firm timeline committed to.

During his tenure the company underwent several significant changes including a switch of CEO in January 2019, launch of 5G by mobile brand EE and a split of fibre infrastructure business Openreach. He also oversaw job cuts and restructures in various segments as the company looked to slash costs and reposition the business.

“We have a refreshed board and much-strengthened senior management team delivering on our strategy to transform the company. Above all, our relationship with Ofcom has improved significantly over the last three years and I strongly believe the board’s commitment to invest in a full fibre network is in the long-term interests of all BT’s stakeholders,“ du Plessis said in a statement.