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Mike McTighe appointed as first chairman of BT's Openreach business

Published 28/11/2016

BT hopes the Openreach board will help it to ensure it treats all
BT hopes the Openreach board will help it to ensure it treats all "customers equally whilst investing in better service"

BT's Openreach business has appointed its first chairman in a move intended to make the company more independent and transparent.

Mike McTighe, an experienced telecoms executive and regulator who was on the Ofcom board, will take on the role in January.

He will oversee the new Openreach board - announced earlier this year - which the company hopes will help to ensure it treats all "customers equally whilst investing in better service, broader coverage and faster speed broadband".

The creation of the board - with a majority of independent members and an independent chairman - was central to governance changes put forward by Ofcom.

The regulator and competition authority proposed that the business become a distinct company with its own board, including a majority of non-executive directors not affiliated to BT Group.

Mr McTighe will play a key role in selecting further independent members for the board of the business.

Speaking about his appointment, he said: "Openreach is at the heart of the digital economy and I am thrilled to take up this important role.

"A great deal has been achieved over the past decade but it is clear that Openreach needs to up its game on service and regain the trust of the people we serve in the industry and across the UK."

He added that he was looking forward to "meeting with the many service providers who rely on Openreach services or who are keen to use its ducts and poles to build their own networks".

BT chairman Sir Michael Rake said: "I am delighted that Mike has agreed to be the first chairman of Openreach. He has extensive experience and I am sure Openreach will benefit from his detailed industry and regulatory knowledge.

"We promised in July to create an Openreach board and we are delivering on that promise. I remain hopeful this significant move by BT can help to underpin a sustainable, proportionate and fair regulatory settlement that is in the interests of the whole country."

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