du Plessis will remain at BT Group until his replacement has been appointed
BT Group chairman Jan du Plessis has announced his intentions to step down from the role this year once a successor has been found.
du Plessis, who joined BT as a non-executive director in June 2017 is set to retire.
He became chairman in 2017 and appointed current BT Group CEO Philip Jansen.
The board is now initiating a process for the appointment of a successor led by the senior independent director.
In a statement du Plessis, 67, said he is stepping down to ‘focus on other interests’.
Du Plessis said: “We have made big strides in enhancing customer service and have really stepped up to support the country during the pandemic.
“Above all, our relationship with Ofcom has improved significantly over the last three years and I strongly believe the Board’s commitment to invest in a full fibre network is in the long-term interests of all BT’s stakeholders.
“BT is a fantastic company and it is a huge privilege and responsibility to be its Chairman. But after 17 years of demanding roles as Chairman of significant FTSE companies, I know the time is now right for me to step down and focus on other interests.”
Current chief executive Jansen added: “Jan’s focus on improving customer experiences, investing for the long-term and motivating our colleagues has been consistent throughout his time at BT and with his strong support we now have a clear strategy to deliver in the years ahead.”