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

Chief financial officer

Simon Lowth

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

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

Debbie White

  • Appointed December 2021.

    Debbie was previously CEO of Interserve and prior to this held a number of roles at Sodexo Group, including CEO of its global healthcare and global government areas of business, where she led businesses across 40 countries, leading a team of over 100,000 employees. She served as a member of Sodexo’s ExCo and was CEO and Chair of Sodexo UK & Ireland and CFO of North America during her tenure there. Earlier in her career she worked at AstraZeneca and PwC Consulting, having started at Arthur Andersen

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.