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BT says FD Hampton still in the frame

BT today admitted its plummeting share price was creating pressure on chief executive Sir Peter Bonfield, and suggested group finance director Philip Hampton may be in line for promotion next year.

A spokeswoman for BT said the media were ‘mischief making’ after reports in the Sunday Business suggested Hampton had turned down the offer to become chief executive as it was a ‘poisoned chalice.’

BT stated there would be no reshuffle until next year when chairman Sir Iain Vallance, 56, will be retiring.

Vallance has come under pressure as the company share price has fallen from over £15 in January last year, to under £5 today.

‘Sir Iain is retiring in July 2002 and at that time Peter Hampton could become a prime candidate to replace him as he has impressed shareholders since joining the company, but we do not expect Sir Iain to leave before that time,’ said a BT spokeswoman.

Individual and group shareholders are expected to mount even more pressure on company seniors at its next AGM in July.

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