BT has announced that the new CEO of BT Openreach will be Clive Selley (pictured), the current CEO of BT's Technology, Service and Operation division.
The appointment comes after former CEO Joe Garner announced in November that he will leave to head up the Nationwide Building Society.
BT said that Selley is ideally suited to the role as he has an extensive background in network technology and infrastructure, and is already responsible for 12,000 staff and a multi-billion pound budget in his current role.
Selley has also overseen the development of new G.fast technology that could prove vital in super-charging existing copper connections to deliver fibre-like speeds, something BT said was key to handing him the role with Openreach.
Selley was understandably upbeat on his new position, promising to focus on improving customer service levels and increasing the availability of services.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Selley’s appointment comes on the 10th anniversary of Openreach's formation on 11 January 2006.
However, the future of the division remains far from certain. Rivals such as Vodafone and Sky have called on Ofcom to turn the group into a separate entity, as the regulator carries out a 10-year review of the telecoms market.
Not all are in favour of the split, however. Internet minster Ed Vaizey is "sceptical" that a split of BT Openreach into a separate entity would be a good idea.
"I think full separation would be an enormous undertaking, incredibly time-consuming [and could have] lots of potential to backfire," he told the Financial Times in October. “Ofcom is looking at it. I am a sceptic, but we will have to see what Ofcom comes out with."
BT used the 10th anniversary as a chance to tout the impact of Openreach on the broadband market, claiming that the division has invested over £10bn on boosting broadband coverage, and that almost 20 million connections are now live over the network.
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