BT Global Services ups lobbying clout in run-up to US election

BT Global Services is on the verge of naming a new US general counsel after moving its legal chief into a senior lobbying position in Washington DC.

The company has shifted US general counsel Kristen Verderame into a leading role at the DC public affairs department at a time when all eyes are on the US presidential elections.

Global general counsel Tim Cowen said: “We’re always looking at ways of improving what we do. We’re making changes in the States and we’re looking for someone to fill the regional general counsel role.

“The person doing it before had an extensive background in lobbying and will now take the lead for public affairs. It’s an election year and we’ll make sure we get our message across in Washington.”

BT Global Services is also in the process of setting up legal teams in São Paulo in Brazil and Buenos Aires in Argentina to support its US group. Head of special projects Evangelos Apostolou is leading the scheme.

BT Global Services is the IT services arm of BT Group. It has a turnover of around £5bn a year. The group’s roster of firms consists of Addleshaw Goddard, Bird & Bird, HBJ Gateley Wareing and Linklaters.