BT has revealed that Clive Selley will take on the role of CEO at its Openreach services division.
Selley is currently the CEO of BT Technology, Service and Operations he replaces the outgoing Joe Garner whose departure for Nationwide Building Society was announced in November.
The Openreach division has been the subject of some major debates in recent months with a number BT’s rivals questioning the division’s impartiality when providing a service.
Ofcom CEO Sharon White has also expressed an interest in examining the way in which the division operates particularly in light of the takeover of the UK’s largest mobile network EE.
Speaking following his appointment, Selley said he wanted to continue developing the UK’s broadband infrastructure with the division: ‘I am honoured to have been asked to lead Openreach at this important point in its history. The huge investment it has made over the past decade has made the UK a broadband leader, and we need to build on those foundations by deploying fibre to further communities and by rolling out ultrafast broadband. Customer service is a top priority of mine and I am committed to delivering further improvements by working closely with all industry partners who rely on our network to serve their customers.
‘Openreach is at the heart of the UK economy with our open access network underpinning a ferociously competitive broadband market. That has benefited consumers and businesses greatly.
‘The engineers are the lifeblood of Openreach and I have been hugely impressed by their tireless work in challenging circumstances during the current floods. They will play a crucial role in the coming decade as they have done to date’.