mmO2 chairman gets Revenue/Customs job
David Varney, the current chairman of mobile phone giant mm02, has been appointed executive chairman of the soon to be merged Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise department.
Varney was one of a handful of senior executives called upon by permanent secretary to the Treasury, Gus O’Donnell, to help with his review into the possibility of merging the two departments.
He joined mm02 in 2001 to oversee its de-merger from British Telecom, which provides him with the invaluable experience required to oversee the coming together of two departments the size of the Revenue and Customs. He did a similar job with energy group British Gas.
Varney, who was 58 on Tuesday, spent almost 30 years at embattled oil giant Shell before moving on to become chief executive of FTSE100 energy company, BG Group, in 1997.