March 9, 2017 / 7:15 AM / a year ago

Britain's BT appoints Jan du Plessis as next chairman

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) - Britain’s BT has appointed Jan du Plessis, chairman of miner Rio Tinto, as its next chairman, taking over from Mike Rake who has led the telecoms group for 10 years.

BT said on Thursday that du Plessis would join its board as a non-executive director on June 1, and become chairman on November 1.

Du Plessis has led Rio Tinto through a volatile period, as it scrambled to pay down $39 billion in debt from its Alcan takeover, scrapped a controversial tie-up with China’s Chinalco, sacked a chief executive after the company made over-priced acquisitions and fended off a bid from Glencore.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Jason Neely

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