BT Group company secretary Andrew Parker has stepped down from the role, with his responsibilities passing to group general counsel Daniel Fitz.
US-born Fitz will take on the dual role of company secretary and group general counsel from 1 November as the company aims to simplify activities in the areas of legal, governance and compliance.
Fitz, who started his legal career at US firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, became general counsel of BT Group in March 2010, having joined from technology firm Misys, where he was executive vice-president, general counsel and UK company secretary for six years. Prior to that he spent 12 years at Cable & Wireless, where he held the roles of general counsel and director of legal UK services.
Parker, who was with the company for 24 years, the last four and a half as company secretary, has decided to leave BT. “At the age of 52, and with two decades at BT, he’s decided the time is right to have a brief sabbatical whilst considering a number of other opportunities,” a spokesperson told The Lawyer.
BT’s global legal team has over 300 in-house lawyers. A wholly owned subsidiary of the BT Group, BT Claims, unveiled plans to convert to an ABS earlier this year (16 February 2012).
Read about BT’s approach to outsourcing in this week’s interview with BT Global general counsel David Eveleigh (22 October 2012).