BT have appointed Olivia Garfield to head up Openreach from April 1st after it has been announced that Steve Robertson is stepping down. Robertson took Openreach from inception in 2005 to its current position where it offers all communication providers open and equal access to BT's network. Robertson will stay on to ensure a smooth transition before moving on to new opportunities.
"Steve Robertson became Chief Executive of Openreach before it was set up - he effectively created a new division of the Group. His achievements at the helm of Openreach have been tremendous. He decided a while ago that, after six years running Openreach, it was time to pass over to someone else to take the business on to the next stage of transformation. His enthusiasm and drive will be missed.
Given Steve's departure, I am delighted to be able to announce that Liv Garfield succeeds him. She has done a fabulous job as Strategy Director and has gained recognition both in and beyond BT for her leadership skills."Ian Livingston, (Chief Executive) BT
Garfield will be moving from her role as BT Group Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs from which she has overseen the company's strategy to roll out fibre broadband.
"Openreach is a terrific business - one that underpins much of the UK economy - so being selected to lead it is a fantastic opportunity and one that I am thrilled to have been offered."
Competition in UK telecommunications has led to low prices and innovative new services, and my aim is to ensure that continues. Fibre broadband is the future and I am determined to make it available to as many homes and businesses as possible via a wide range of providers."Olivia Garfield, (Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs) BT Group
Sean Williams, previously of Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading, will move from his roll as head of Strategy at BT Retail to take over as Group Strategy Director.