Luis Alvarez named CEO of BT Global Services
BUSINESSBy BiztechAfrica - Sept. 17, 2012, 2:02 p.m.
BT has announced that Luis Alvarez is to become CEO, BT Global Services from October 1, 2012. Alvarez has been with BT for 12 years in a variety of roles, most recently President of BT Global Services Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. BT says Alvarez brings a wealth of global experience and knowledge with him.
Alvarez will take over from Jeff Kelly who has decided to return to the US following almost three years as CEO, BT Global Services. Under Kelly’s leadership, BT Global Services has firmly established itself as a global leader in the provision of managed networked IT services to global corporations and governments around the world. The financial performance of the business has substantially improved in that period and its risk profile and delivery capabilities have been transformed.
When Kelly returns to the US he will continue to be part of the BT team, as a senior executive advisor to BT in the US in a part-time capacity. His deep experience of the US market and relationships with key customers will help the team to further build the business in that region.
BT Global Services has been transformed in recent years and Alvarez will lead the team to ensure the very high levels of support received by its customers continue to improve. The business has won industry recognition and numerous awards during the past three years including the Best Global Operator at the World Communications Awards two years in a row.
Alvarez said: “I am passionate about BT Global Services and see great opportunities for us in the marketplace. I have a deep understanding of what our customers want and I also know what we can do to build an even better and more efficient business. The global economy is going through a period of rapid change and the BT Global Services team is well placed to support companies through that period of uncertainty and opportunity. We have a strong business in the UK, mature operations in key economies and are expanding our presence in the fastest growing parts of the world. These are strong foundations that we will build on.”
Ian Livingston, chief executive BT Group said: “Jeff has transformed BT Global Services and I would like to thank him for his contribution. BT Global Services is in a much better place than it was when Jeff joined us and I am delighted that he is staying on to advise us in his home market.”
MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Qrent opens offices in TanzaniaQrent, a fully fledged division of InnoVent Rental and Asset Management Solutions, has opened an office in Tanzania. Read More
Axiologix completes acquisition of iWorld ServicesAxiologix has completed the acquisition of iWorld Services, which delivers retail and wholesale VoIP services, products, and advanced web applications and software tools targeting high growth emerging markets. Read More
African economies on growth curve: reportIn contrast to the rest of the world’s sluggish progress, African economies stand out for their high rates of growth and the effusive confidence they inspire, according to a new report. Read More
NITRA seeks collaboration with regulator, operatorsThe Nigerian Information Technology Reporters Association has called on the industry regulators and ICT players to partner with the association to strengthen industry. Read More
BT accelerates African growthBT has announced a new phase of investments into the rapidly growing economies of Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA) with the objective of accelerating its expansion in high growth markets. Read More
Flexenclosure delivers turnkey data centre to AngolaFlexenclosure has received a large order from ACS Angola Comunicações e Sistemas, one of Angola’s main suppliers of IT solutions and corporate network connectivity. Read More
A new approach to outsourcing in the changed economyIn a newly shaped landscape, a new set of challenges emerges for outsourcing service providers, says T-Systems. Read More
Energy finds in Africa highlight shifts in sector - DHL reportThe recent oil and gas finds in Africa will continue to have a positive impact on local economies, if local African suppliers, service providers and other businesses are geared up to service this growth. Read More
African Large Format Printer market declinesThe large format printer (LFP) market in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMA) region declined 10.7% in volume and 5.1% in value year on year in the first half of 2013, says IDC. Read More
FEATURED STORYGaming app introduces investors to trading
A new virtual stock market app is equipping would-be investors with the skills they need to trade.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHCorporate cyber security threats of the year
91% of organisations polled suffered a cyber-attack at least once in the past year, says Kaspersky Lab in its security review of 2013.
COMPANY NEWSSamsung, 49M embark on consumer educational drive
Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced a national consumer education campaign in support of the 49M initiative, offering practical actions to save energy in daily life.MTN launches new positioning campaign for enterprise market
MTN Group today unveiled a new Pan-African brand positioning media campaign for MTN Business, its enterprise business unit.