BT Ignite, the group’s international communication services arm, has
appointed Stephen Kelly as senior vice-president for HR. Kelly joined BT in
1999 where he was responsible for the realignment of the company’s reward
strategy. He also developed long-term incentive plans for BT’s global
acquisitions, merger and joint ventures.

He has experience of working across cultures and in the last 18 months has
led the management of all HR activity during a period of transformation. His
new role includes developing the people focus of the business on a global
scale: "The key thing about this role is strategy, as we have a presence
globally. It’s about maximising the performance of all the people in the
organisation through HR strategy," he says.

"Primarily we’re the only main international business left in BT. We
have to look at how we can deliver value through our people strategy."

The most challenging aspect of his job is making an impact in a global
environment through the development of HR policies, he explains: "We’re
looking for global development, not just in the UK or Europe.

Prior to joining BT he specialised in organisational development, change
management, compensation, and benefits and mergers.


2002 Senior vice-president of HR, BTIgnite
2000 Vice-president organisational development and international reward, BT
1999 Compensation strategy manager, BTIgnite
1997 Head of compensation and benefits, NPI

On the move

Prue Leith OBE (pictured) is the new
chair of the Ashridge Management College board of governors. Leith succeeds Sir
Michael Angus who becomes president. Leith, who was businesswoman of the year
in 1991, is a non-executive director of Woolworth’s, Whitbread, Triven and 3e.
She founded Leith’s Restaurant and Leith’s School of Food and Wine and has
previously been chair of the Royal Society of Arts.

John Keeble has joined Aon as director
of knowledge management. He joins the insurance broker from Enterprise Oil
where he was the head of knowledge management. He has held senior posts in
energy risk management across Enterprise Oil and at ICI. Keeble is responsible
for delivering synergies across the business by ensuring the effective
application of the knowledge and experience within the group.

Rita Pennington is the new director
of consultancy for the UK at Empower group. She has previously held senior HR
roles at Littlewoods, Kellogg’s, in local government and the NHS. She has also
worked at Gemini, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. She has a BA in economics,
MSc in organisational behaviour and is a neuro-linguistic programming
practitioner and qualified psychometric assessor.

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