LONDON (Reuters) – BT denied any “misalignment” between its board of directors and management on Saturday after Sky News announced that CEO Philip Jansen had announced he could step down unless he replaced the chairman.
The UK broadband and mobile operator announced Monday that Jan du Plessis, who was appointed chairman in November 2017, had informed the board of its intention to retire after the appointment of a successor.
“The Chairman has shown strong leadership during his tenure … has been extremely supportive of management and any suggestion to hinder BT’s transformation is unfounded,” BT said in a statement on Saturday.
“There was no misalignment between the board and senior management regarding corporate strategy,” added BT
On Friday, Sky News reported that Jansen, who joined BT in 2019 as CEO, had told colleagues he was frustrated with the speed at which key strategic decisions were being made.
Jansen said he was ready to step down unless a new chairman who could accelerate the pace of change was appointed, Sky News said, citing several people close to the company.
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