Huawei appoints non-executives to UK board

16 February 2015 |


China’s Huawei has appointed an independent non-executive chairman of its UK subsidiary, Huawei Technologies, as well as two independent non-executive directors.

Former BP chief executive, Lord Browne of Madingley will take on the role of non-executive chairman, with Dame Helen Alexander and Sir Andrew Cahn to join the board as non-executive directors.

Cahn served as chairman of Huawei UK’s advisory board from 2011 to 2014, and said he was pleased to continue his association with the company which he believes is “just the sort of global, ambitious company that we need to invest in in the UK”.

The enhanced UK board that Browne will lead has six directors - three executive and three non-executive - who will be responsible for reviewing the performance of Huawei in the UK.

“I am delighted that Lord Browne, Dame Helen and Sir Andrew have accepted our invitation to join the UK Board,” said Ken Hu, deputy chairman of the Huawei Group Board and Huawei Group rotating CEO.

“As our new chairman, Lord Browne brings invaluable experience from his many years as a global business leader and I look forward to working with him and the other non-executive directors as we seek to build on the continued success of our company.”

In November last year, Huawei pledged £5 million worth of investment to the UK’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC).