BT Group has announced the appointment of Philip Jansen as Chief Executive. He will join the Company and be appointed to the Board as an Executive Director on January 1st 2019 and following a handover period will take over from Gavin Patterson as Chief Executive on February 1st 2019.
Jansen joins from Worldpay, the global payments services group, where he will be stepping down as Co-Chief Executive at the end of the year. Jansen has been Chief Executive of Worldpay since 2013, leading it through its flotation in 2015, until its combination with Vantiv in 2018 to create a global leader in eCommerce.
He has previously been CEO and then Chairman of Brakes Group and has held a variety of senior roles in Sodexo Group, latterly as Chief Operating Officer and CEO, Europe, South Africa and India. Earlier in his career Jansen was COO of MyTravel PLC and Managing Director of Telewest Communications PLC’s Consumer Division. He started his career with Procter and Gamble.
Jan du Plessis, Chairman of BT Group said: “The Board is delighted to have appointed Philip as our new Chief Executive. He is a proven leader with outstanding experience in managing large complex businesses. Philip’s strong leadership has inspired his teams, successfully transformed businesses across multiple industries and created significant value for shareholders. His most recent success at Worldpay, a technology-led business, means he is well suited to build on the solid foundations that are in place at BT. I look forward to working with him to position BT at the heart of the UK’s digital economy.”
Jansen said: “I’m honoured to be appointed as the next Chief Executive of BT Group. BT is a special company with a wonderful history and a very exciting future. It has built a leading position across fixed and mobile networks, creating an opportunity to deliver increasing benefits for our customers, the UK economy and our shareholders. In a competitive market we will need to be absolutely focused on our customers’ needs and pursue the right technology investments to help grow the business. I’m excited to get to know all the people at BT and work together to take the business forward.”
Patterson will continue to serve as Chief Executive until January 31st 2019.
In respect of the transition period, Jan du Plessis said: “I’d like to thank Gavin for his continued leadership of the business and express my gratitude for his commitment and the good progress made over the last few months. To ensure an orderly leadership transition and handover, Gavin and Philip will work together during January, with Gavin presenting our Q3 results on 31 January, before handing over to Philip on 1 February.”
Jansen will be paid in accordance with the Directors’ Remuneration Policy approved by shareholders on July 12th 2017. His remuneration as an Executive Director and Chief Executive of the Company will consist of:
In addition, Jansen has committed to invest £2 million in BT shares within 30 days of October 25th subject to any closed period dealing restrictions. This combined with the conditional buy-out will take Jansen significantly towards the shareholding of 300 per cent of salary which the Chief Executive is required to build over a reasonable timeframe.