‘It’s an honour,’ says former FA and ITV chief as he nets chairman role at BT along with a £700k salary
Former ITV chief Adam Crozier
Former ITV chief Adam Crozier has been appointed BT’s chairman. He replaces Jan du Plessis, who quit not long after reports of a boardroom bust-up with chief executive Philip Jansen over the direction of the telecoms group.
Crozier, 57, who has also headed the Football Association, will also step down from his position as chairman of online fashion giant Asos as he takes on the BT role from December 1, following a one-month transition with his predecessor.
He will remain chairman of Premier Inn-owner Whitbread but will also step down as a non-executive of Sony, to avoid risks of so-called ‘overboarding’ where a director can be accused of taking on too many boardroom roles. Crozier called the appointment, which comes with a £700,000 a year salary, ‘an honour’.
He added: ‘BT is a hugely important company, with a critical role to play in building the digital networks and services to support the UK’s future.’ Du Plessis, 67, said BT is a ‘unique business and what this company does really matters to so many people’.