BT this week 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, writes Alex Miller.
A spokeswoman said the media was ‘mischief making’ after reports over the weekend 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 fell 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 the spokeswoman.
Individual and group shareholders are expected to mount even more pressure on company seniors at its next agm in July.
For more on BT go to www.accountancyage.com/Business/1120066.
Just one half of UK practices have implemented a pricing structure around auto enrolment implementation and advice - with many suffering increased costs
Deloitte's north-west Europe foray; BDO, Smith & Williamson investment paths; Shelley Stock Hutter; and Wilkins Kennedy discussed by editor Kevin Reed on our Friday Afternoon Live broadcast
Accountants should alter their perspective on auto-enrolment to maximise business opportunities, according to Eric Clapton.
Kevin Reed discusses whether new accountancy group Cogital can rival the Big Four...and its likely direction of travel