15 March 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
BT has appointed a chief strategy and transformation officer as part of a series of changes in top management by CEO Gavin Patterson.
The new executive, who starts at
the beginning of May, is Michael Sherman, who has worked for
the last 11 years at management consulting and business
strategy firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Dallas.
"He will be a fantastic addition who will help us to take our
strategy, strategic planning and transformation plans to the
next level," said Patterson.
Sherman studied electrical engineering and computer science at
Duke University in North Carolina and then graduated from
Duke’s Fuqua School of Business with an MBA in
2006. By then he’d already spent eight years as an
executive vice president at supply chain specialist Viewlocity
Technologies, also based in Dallas.
According to his LinkedIn entry, Sherman consulted at BCG in
three sectors – telecommunications media technology,
digital and IT, and private equity consulting. He says there
that he worked with clients in wireline and wireless, digital
media, and business-to-business and business-to-consumer sales
and service, with broad experience on establishing new product
and solution offerings, maintaining and re-invigorating legacy
business models and expansion models.
Sherman said of his new appointment: "BT is in a great
position. It’s a world class provider of digital
services to multinationals and the UK’s leading
provider of broadband and mobile. I’m excited to
be able to help drive forward the strategy that Gavin and his
team are building and bring further insight and focus."
BT pointed out that Patterson had made a number of appointments
"as he builds a team to drive the business forward".
These include former UK water regulator Cathryn Ross, who
joined as director of regulatory affairs in January, and Sabine
Chalmers, a former Anheuser-Busch InBev executive, who joins as
general counsel next month.
In addition Bas Burger became the CEO of BT Global Services
from June 2017 and in September Marc Allera, the CEO of EE, the
mobile operator BT acquired in 2016, was appointed to lead a
newly created consumer business, including EE.