Ben Verwaayen has been Chief Executive of BT Group PLC since February 1, 2002. Mr. Verwaayen was formerly Vice Chairman of the Management Board of Lucent Technologies in the USA from October 1999. He joined Lucent in September 1997 as Executive Vice President, International and became Chief Operating Officer the following month. Mr. Verwaayen was appointed to the Board of Directors of BT Group PLC on January 14, 2002. Mr. Verwaayen is a Dutch national.