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BT FOCUSES MANAGEMENT ON CUSTOMERS' REQUIREMENTS FOR GLOBAL SERVICES; MAKES KEY CHANGES INCLUDING NORTH AMERICAN MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE

BT FOCUSES MANAGEMENT ON CUSTOMERS' REQUIREMENTS FOR GLOBAL SERVICES;
 MAKES KEY CHANGES INCLUDING NORTH AMERICAN MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE
 SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- BT today announced key organizational changes designed to help the company focus and coordinate efforts on its emerging global customer base and to respond quickly to their increasing requirements for global communications solutions.
 Effective Oct. 19, Mark Baker, the current president and CEO of BT North America, will return to the U.K. to assume the post of director of global customers, the senior executive responsible for BT's multinational business customers and major national customers in the U.K.
 Syncordia, BT's global network outsourcing subsidiary headquartered in Atlanta, and BT North America will both be managed by Gerald W. Thames, the president and CEO of Syncordia. In addition to his current responsibilities, Thames will become the president of BT North America and will report to Mr. Baker.
 "The long-term result of these changes will be the realization of synergies and business efficiencies in BT's North American operations which include both BT North America and Syncordia. North America is a critical market for BT, and a single management structure here will enhance our ability to provide customers with a seamless set of solutions," said Baker. "It is essential that, on a worldwide basis, BT deploy its management skills to meet the changing and challenging global telecommunications environment with which our customers are dealing."
 New Appointments at BT Headquarters
 Mr. Baker will report to Alfred Mockett, who has been named managing director of BT's Business Communications Division. The division has recently been restructured to focus on two key markets -- global customers and national customers -- backed by a global customer service operation. Mr. Mockett has responsibility for all of BT's activity with worldwide customers.
 Anthony Booth, currently managing director of business communications, becomes managing director of BT's special businesses, which include visual and broadcast services, cellular and mobile communications, and operator services.
 Both Mr. Booth and Mr. Mockett will continue to report to Michael Hepher, BT's group managing director. There are no changes in membership of BT's board of directors.
 BT (NYSE: BTY, BTY.PP) is a leader in worldwide telecommunications. It operates one of the largest networks in the world and offers a wide range of international services. BT has annual revenues over $23 billion and employs a staff of approximately 210,500 in over 30 countries.
 BT North America (wholly-owned subsidiary of BT) owns and operates the TYMNET Global Network. Headquartered in San Jose and employing over 1,600 worldwide, the company offers a continuum of telecommunications services.
 With headquarters in Atlanta, Syncordia provides outsourced international private network solutions to large, global companies.
 BT, Syncordia and TYMNET are trademarks or registered trademarks of British Telecommunications plc.
 Mark Baker
 Director of Global Customers
 BT
 Effective Oct. 19, Mark Baker, the current president and CEO of BT North America, will return to the U.K. to assume the post of director of global customers, the senior executive responsible for BT's multinational business customers and major national customers in the U.K.
 Mr. Baker led the acquisition of TYMNET in 1989. Mr. Baker guided the strategic business direction of BT North America and BT Tymnet Worldwide in support of BT's mission to become one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world. Prior to his position with BTNA, Mr. Baker was director of marketing for British Telecom International (BTI).
 Mr. Baker was marketing director of Plessey Defense Systems before moving into the same position at BTI. Additionally, his experience encompasses a variety of sales and marketing positions with U.K.-based companies including Reed International, Leo Burnett, Beecham, and Cutler Hammer Components.
 Mr. Baker's qualifications include a post graduate degree in business administration from Salford University, an HND in business studies, a diploma from the Institute of Marketing, and an OND in mechanical engineering.
 Gerald W. Thames
 President, BT North America
 President and CEO, Syncordia (TM) Corp.
 Effective Oct. 19, Jerry Thames will become president of BT North America. He will continue as president and CEO of Syncordia.
 Mr. Thames, 45, joined Syncordia in August 1990 after nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
 Previously, Mr. Thames spent 15 years with AT&T, most recently as general manager, network services, with responsibility for all networking operations in the Northeastern United States.
 He also held executive positions with Martin Marietta Communications Systems and Telecom-USA, a regional network carrier in the United States.
 While at Martin Marietta, Mr. Thames led a consortium of 11 companies including MCI in the U.S. federal government FTS-2000 procurement.
 Mr. Thames also has extensive experience marketing a variety of card-based products to the U.S. telecommunications and financial industries. Mr. Thames led the successful introduction of the Telecom calling card and marketing systems enhancements.
 Mr. Thames holds degrees from Mississippi State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a Sloan Fellow.
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