BT Openreach CEO to step down

BT Openreach CEO Liv Garfield will step down in spring next year to lead water company Severn Trent.

BT Openreach CEO to step down

Garfield has overseen BT’s UK fibre rollout, including its £2.5 billion infrastructure upgrade.

She will quit as the commercial project is due to finish, with BT set to announce a successor in due course.

Garfield will replace Severn Trent CEO Tony Wray after his retirement next year.

“It is a huge wrench to leave Openreach but I feel the time is now right to take on a fresh challenge,” said Garfield. “Our commercial programme to bring fibre broadband to two-thirds of UK premises is almost complete, whilst BT’s public sector broadband partnerships are making good progress.”

“BT has been a terrific employer, giving me lots of room to grow and develop my business skills,” she added. “It has been a tough decision but I leave Openreach in fantastic shape and have every confidence it will continue to thrive.”

The fibre rollout has pass 17 million homes and businesses, with BT adding 325,000 a month. Garfield has previously said she expects Openreach to pass 19 million premises across the UK by spring, and 20 million by the summer. She also expects Openreach to hit 90% coverage of the UK by 2015.

Garfield complained last week of negative press around the fibre rollout, despite work being “ahead of schedule”.

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