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BT finance chief to step down

BT finance chief to step down

February 09
14:06 2016

Telecoms giant BT confirmed that it has begun a search to replace its long-serving group finance director. The company announced that Tony Chanmugam, who first took up his post in 2008, “may step down later this year”.

It added: “BT confirms that a search process has commenced to find a successor but that no formal decision has been taken on a replacement or around the potential timing of any change.”

One of the key tasks of any incoming finance head will be to manage BT’s £12.5 billion buyout of mobile phone firm EE, which was completed last month after being cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority a few weeks earlier.

This significant deal hands BT 35% of the mobile consumer market and a similar share of the UK’s consumer broadband business.

BT will be able to offer bundles of telecoms, TV, broadband and mobile to its customers to compete better with rivals such as Sky and Virgin Media.

Last year mobile operator O2 agreed to a sale to Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of rival operator Three, for £10.3 billion, further increasing the consolidation across the UK media and telecoms markets.

Aside from this deal, regulator Ofcom is carrying out its first significant review of the telecoms sector for a decade, and is considering options including a split of BT networks business Openreach.

Openreach provides the final mile of network connection into consumers’ homes, and is used by rival operators.

Rivals regularly complain about the service Openreach offers, but many industry analysts forecast Ofcom recommendations will fall short of splitting the business away from BT.

Ofcom’s Digital Communications Review is expected to be published later this month.

BT said Mr Chanmugam, a keen cricket fan, established a “strong reputation for cost transformation” at the firm.

Prior to his role as group finance director Mr Chanmugam held senior posts at the telecoms giant’s retail, enterprises and global solutions divisions.

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