BT Openreach CEO departs for Severn Trent

BT has announced the impending departure of its Openreach CEO, Liv Garfield, this Spring when she departs to head up Severn Water.

During her stint at BT Garfield oversaw a £2.5bn roll-out of commercial fibre broadband and played a central role in building a business case for the infrastructure.

During Garfield’s watch fibre availability on BT’s network has risen from 4m to 17m premises whilst the number of customers plumping for the service has jumped from 100k to more than 2m.

Garfield said: “It is a huge wrench to leave Openreach but I feel the time is now right to take on a fresh challenge. Our commercial programme to bring fibre broadband to two thirds of UK premises is almost complete, whilst BT’s public sector broadband partnerships are making good progress.

“BT has been a terrific employer, giving me lots of room to grow and develop my business skills. It has been a tough decision but I leave Openreach in fantastic shape and have every confidence it will continue to thrive.”

BT is yet to appoint a successor.

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