Tony Ball to join BT Board

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Tony Ball, the Chairman of Kabel Deutschland and former Chief Executive of BSkyB, is to join the BT Board as a non-executive director. His appointment takes effect from July 16.

Tony Ball has held senior executive positions in broadcasting and telecommunication businesses in the UK, US and continental Europe. Between 1999 and 2003 he was Chief Executive of BSkyB plc, where he drove the rapid take up of Sky's digital TV offering.

During the past four years he has led the successful turnaround of Kabel Deutschland which operates cable TV networks in Germany. He has helped build the company into Germany's fastest growing high-speed broadband provider.

Welcoming the appointment BT's Chairman Sir Michael Rake, said: "Tony has an outstanding track record of innovation and delivery in the communications industry. As BT focuses on the rich opportunities that are presented by combining entertainment with broadband, his drive, knowledge and experience will prove a tremendous asset to the Board."

Tony Ball, added: "The convergence of the computer and the television, entertainment and communications has only just begun and it is clear BT will have an important part to play in shaping the future. I am looking forward to being part of that journey."

Tony Ball Biography

Tony Ball is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Kabel Deutschland GmbH, Germany's largest cable operator. He is also a board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority for the 2012 London Olympic Games and a trustee of the Media Trust. He is a non-executive director of the Spanish cable company ONO SA.

He served as Chief Executive of BSkyB from 1999 to 2003 and led the company through the strongest period of growth in its history, doubling the number of subscribers and converting the entire base to digital. Prior to this he spent a number of years working in the USA where he was the Chief Executive Officer of FOX/LIBERTY Networks, which included the FX Networks, Fox SportsNet and over 20 Regional Sports Channels throughout the USA. He also served as President of Fox Sports International where he oversaw the creation and the operation of sports television businesses in North America, Latin America, Asia and Australia.

Before going to the USA he held a number of senior positions in UK broadcasting and television production, starting his career as a broadcasting engineer at Thames Television.

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