BT Appoints Chuck Pol COO, Americas Region

Apr 15, 2002, 01:00 ET from BT Group plc

    LONDON, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- BT today announced that Chuck Pol has
 been appointed Chief Operating Officer, Americas Region.
     In this newly created position, Chuck will oversee operations across the
 lines of BT's businesses with a presence in the Americas.  He will directly
 manage BT's US Sales and Service teams -- a unit of about 150 people returned
 from the former Concert business -- and will have responsibility for working
 with the channels to expand BT's capabilities in the Americas by developing
 new supplier and distribution partnerships.
     Tim Smart, President of BT Ignite Global Business, said: "We couldn't be
 more pleased to have Chuck leading operations in the Americas -- a market key
 to our global strategy.  As a US citizen with considerable international
 experience, he understands the market and the requirements of the
 multinational corporate customers BT's serves in the Americas."
     "We have a strong offer for customers on this side of the Atlantic -- now
 more than ever," said Chuck Pol.  "We have experienced people on the ground
 who know the international marketplace as well as infrastructure to support
 our customers -- including around 900 professionals and key network and
 customer service centers based in the US.  And BT's global portfolio delivers
 a full range of managed communications services and solutions with complete
 global reach."
     Chuck will be returning to the US after 4 years in the UK, where most
 recently, he served as Director of Mobile Markets, BT Wholesale Services and
 Solutions.  In this position Chuck directed the sales and marketing and
 service operations as well as setting the strategy for BT's key mobile
 markets.  His previous BT roles were Business Manager, Hi-Tech Sector, BT
 Major Business and V.P. Sales and Service. Before joining BT in 1988, Chuck
 held various sales and marketing positions with ITT in New York.
     Chuck graduated from Belmont Abby College in North Carolina in 1978.  Born
 in Pennsylvania and raised in Central Islip, Long Island, he lives with his
 wife and three children in Edison N.J.  His office is based in New York City.
     Notes to Editors:
     BT Group plc is the listed holding company for the BT Group of companies,
 while British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly owned subsidiary.  BT is
 one of the world's leading providers of telecommunications services and one of
 the largest private sector companies in Europe. It is focused on providing
 broadband products and solutions as part of a portfolio that includes domestic
 and international telephony services.  In addition to its extensive UK
 capabilities BT serves the needs of corporate customers in Europe and provides
 global reach through partnerships.
     BT is an integrated communications company with separate operating lines
 of business:
     -- BT Ignite, an international broadband network business, focused
        primarily on corporate and wholesale markets;
     -- BTopenworld, an international, mass-market Internet business;
     -- BT Retail, serving end-business and residential customers; and
     -- BT Wholesale, selling network capacity and call terminations to other
     Further businesses make up the BT Group, including BTexact Technologies,
 the internationally renowned advanced research and technology business.
     In the year to March 31, 2001, BT's group turnover was 20,427m pounds with
 profit before goodwill, amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of 2,072m
      For more information in the US contact:
      Diane Noe
      BT Global Business Public Relations
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