BT and AT&T today confirmed that Pointcast chief executive David Dorman will head their planned $10 billion joint venture.
Dorman will join the joint venture on 1 April and be replaced at PointCast - an online information broadcaster - by the company's current chief operating officer, Philip Koen.
BT and AT&T's as yet unnamed venture will combine both carriers' international networks, all their international traffic, as well as products for business customers. Their customer accounts in selected industries will also be managed by the new outfit.
Regulators are still scrutinising the deal and it is not expected to get the green light before October.
Dorman has 15 years experience in the telecomms industry, including a stint at the helm of Pacific Bell and as a senior executive at SBC Communications and Sprint.
"David is uniquely qualified to head our new business. He has experience in launching successful startups and in running multi-billion dollar businesses - just what we need to head a global venture that, on day one, will be a $10 billion company," said Michael Armstrong, chief executive of AT&T, in a statement.
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