BT has tapped former EDS man Jeff Kelly to run its loss-making Global Services unit, after CEO Hanif Lalani stepped down just 14months into the role to pursue personal business interests.
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Kelly, a 25-year industry veteran who most recently ran EDS’$10bn US business, will be tasked with building on the progress made during Lalani’s tenure and helping the unit “realise its potential as a world leading provider of managed network services”.
Lalani has held a number of positions at BT since the early1980s, including CEO of BT Northern Ireland and Group CFO. He stepped up to lead the Global Services unit in the wake of massive losses during 2008 that ultimately claimed the scalp of his predecessor, François Barrault.
BT CEO Ian Livingston said: “Hanif took over as CEO of Global Services at a difficult time for the division. He and his team firstly stabilised and then started to turn around the business delivering significantly improved financial results.”
BT Global Services saw tentative signs of a recovery towards the end of 2009, with EBITDA improving sequentially, and operating losses beginning to narrow.