Her salary of £1.1m (US$1.4m) is the same as that of Jansen, but is expected to grow exponentially under a bonus and share award scheme.
Kirkby has been a non-executive director at BT since 2019.
Kirkby’s appointment takes the number of female CEOs at the helm of FTSE 100 companies to 10, after Alison Rose was required to resign from the NatWest Group last week following a “serious error of judgement” in breaking confidentiality rules in relation to the closure of Nigel Farage’s account. Other female executives include Vodafone’s Margherita Della Valle and Liv Garfield, former CEO at Openreach and now of water company Severn Trent.
On her appointment, Kirkby said: “I’m fully supportive of our strategy and am excited about leading it into its next phase of development, as we grow to support customers, shareholders and the UK economy.”
Where else has new BT Group CEO Allison Kirkby worked?
Described as “a proven leader, with deep sector experience and a history of having transformed businesses,” by BT Group Chairman Adam Crozier, Kirkby has served on the BT Group’s board since 2019.
She will stand back from her role as CEO at Swedish telecoms company Telia Company to take on her new position. Telia has initiated a search process for a new CEO to take over from Kirkby when she leaves at the end of January 2024 at the latest. She has served as President and CEO at Telia - the market leading digital communications and telecommunications provider across the Nordic and Baltic region - since joining in May 2020.
She started her TMT career in 2010 by joining Virgin Media following 11 years at Procter & Gamble and has since been President and CEO of Denmark’s largest telecommunications company TDC between 2018 and 2020 as well as President and CEO of Tele2, the largest challenger telecommunications company in Sweden and the Baltics, from 2015 to 2018.
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