Ben Verwaayen


Ben Verwaayen

Chief Executive

bt logoBen Verwaayen joined BT on 14 January 2002 as Chief Executive.

Ben was born in February 1952. He is a Dutch national and graduated with a Master's degree in law and international politics from the State University of Utrecht, Holland.

Before joining BT Group, since October 1997, Ben had been with Lucent Technologies Inc. His position on leaving was Vice Chairman of the Management Board. Before this, Ben was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and before this, Executive Vice President, International. Prior to Lucent, Ben was with Koninklijke PTT Nederland or KPN as it is more commonly known. From 1988 to 1997, Ben was President and Managing Director of KPN's PTT Telecom. From 1996 to mid-1997, Ben was Chairman of the Unisource European venture with Telia, Swisscom and Telefonica, and Chairman of AT&T/Unisource. Between 1975 and 1988, Ben was with ITT Nederland BV. He had become General Manager after enjoying a series of positions in business development, HR and public relations. Ben become a Non-Executive Director of UPS in 2005.

In 2006 he Chaired a CBI Task Force on Climate Change, leading a group of CEOs from some of the UK’s biggest companies. The Task Force will agree a plan of action to reduce the carbon emissions of British business.

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