Ben moving on

08Apr08

Well, it was bound to happen. The announcement of Ben Verwaayan leaving BT was made this morning, along with the appointment of Ian Livingston as his successor and Gavin Patterson as the new CEO of BT Retail and a board member. The rumors and speculation that Ben would be moving on has been in the press for at least the past 18 to 24 months, so it’s good to get it out of the way and have the media and city concentrate their efforts elsewhere.

Ben’s been huge for BT. You can read about the changes he’s brought to BT since joining in 2002 here, here, and here. I’ve had the privilage of hearing Ben speak in person a number of times, as well as being on the receiving end of Ben’s criticisms of a poorly collaborated project we were demoing to him directly (details possibly for a future post). I must say Ben’s been an excellent CEO in my three and a half years at BT so far, providing the motivation, answering hard questions brought up by employees and leading the firm through the rough telco and technology waters.  I do wish him the best of luck in his next endeavour.

With all of that being said, I’m looking forward to Ian taking over as CEO and continuing the momentum he’s built leading BT Retail for the past three years.  Ian has some big shoes to fill and the rest of the firm (including me) will need to rally around him to help fill those shoes.

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