The Executive Committee provides input and recommendations to assist the chief executive with strategy development and operational management. It is chaired by the chief executive.

The Executive Committee assists the chief executive to:

  • develop group strategy and budget for approval by the Board
  • execute the strategy once the Board approves it
  • give assurance to the Board on overall performance and how we’re managing risks.

The chief executive, or his delegate, take all decisions. This is so there is a single point of accountability.

Chief executive

Philip Jansen

  • Appointed as chief executive in February 2019 and to the Board in January 2019.

    Philip joined BT from Worldpay where he had been CEO since April 2013. Before that he was CEO and then chairman at Brakes Group between 2010 and 2015. Philip spent the previous six years at Sodexo where he was group chief operating officer and chief executive, Europe, South Africa and India. Prior to that he was chief operating officer at MyTravel Group from 2002 to 2004 and managing director of Telewest Communications (now Virgin Media) from 2000 to 2002, after starting his career at Procter & Gamble.

Chief financial officer

Simon Lowth

  • Appointed July 2016.

    Simon was CFO of BG Group before the 2016. Prior to that he was CFO of AstraZeneca, and finance director and executive director of ScottishPower. Simon was also previously a director of McKinsey & Company.

CEO, Consumer

Marc Allera

  • Appointed September 2017.

    Marc was previously CEO, EE and prior to that chief commercial officer for EE from 2011 to 2015. He spent ten years at Three UK as sales and marketing director and chief commercial officer. Prior to that, Marc was general manager of Sega UK and Europe.

CEO, Global

Bas Burger

  • Appointed July 2016.

    Bas was formerly president, BT in the Americas, Global Services. Bas joined BT in 2008 as CEO Benelux. Before joining BT, Bas was executive president and a member of the management committee of Getronics NV, where he ran global sales, channels and partnerships, developing the company’s international business. He was also CEO and managing director of KPN Entercom Solutions.

Group General Counsel, Company Secretary and Director of Regulatory Affairs

Sabine Chalmers

  • Appointed April 2018.

    Before joining BT, Sabine was chief legal and corporate affairs officer and company secretary of Anheuser-BuschInBev for 12 years. She also held various legal leadership roles at Diageo. Sabine is qualified to practise law in England and Wales and New York State.

Chief digital and innovation officer

Harmeen Mehta

  • Appointed March 2021.

    Before joining BT, Harmeen was group CIO and head of cloud & security business at Bharti Airtel. Harmeen has experience leading digital, engineering, IT and innovation transformation. Harmeen has previously been CIO at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BBVA and HSBC.

Corporate affairs director

Ed Petter

  • Appointed November 2016.

    Ed was formerly deputy director of corporate affairs at Lloyds Banking Group. Prior to that he held corporate affairs roles at McDonald’s Europe, McKinsey & Company and the Blue Rubicon communications consultancy, having previously worked as a news producer and editor at the BBC.

CEO, Enterprise

Rob Shuter

  • Appointed February 2021.

    Before joining BT, Rob was group president and CEO of MTN Group. Prior to joining MTN, Rob was CEO of the Europe cluster of Vodafone Group having worked there from 2009 to 2016. Earlier in his career, Rob held various roles in the financial sector in South Africa sector including managing director of retail banking at Nedbank and head of investment banking at Standard Bank.

Chief technology officer

Howard Watson

  • Appointed February 2016 as chief technology and information officer and became chief technology officer in March 2021.

    Howard was formerly chief architect and managing director, global IT systems and led the technical teams behind the launch of BT Sport in 2013. Howard joined BT in 2011 and has 30 years of telecoms experience having spent time at Telewest Communications (now Virgin Media) and Cartesian, a telecommunications consultancy and software company.

HR director

Alison Wilcox

  • Appointed July 2015.

    Alison was formerly regional HR director for Vodafone Europe and, before that, regional HR director for Vodafone’s Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific footprint. Alison joined Vodafone in 2006 as group director of leadership following a career in consulting.

Invitee - CEO, Openreach

Clive Selley

  • Appointed February 2016.

    Clive was formerly CEO, Technology, Service & Operations, CEO innovate & design and before that president, Global Services portfolio & service design. The CEO, Openreach cannot be a member of the Executive Committee under the provisions of the Commitments. Clive attends Executive Committee meetings as appropriate.