Tony Ball is to join the BT Board as a non-executive director.
Ball is currently chairman of Kabel Deutschland and was previously Chief Executive of BSkyB from 1999 to 2003.
Prior to working at BSkyB 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.
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."
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."
Ball takes up his role on 16 July 2009.
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