BT Appoints Former Anheuser-Busch InBev Executive as New General Counsel

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A former Anheuser-Busch InBev executive has been appointed as BT’s new general counsel.

Sabine Chalmers left her chief legal officer role at the drinks company that owns Budweiser back in September. According to reports, Chalmers is scheduled to be confirmed for the new assignment in January.

The-52-year-old is the newest executive to join BT, which has been attempting to rebuild its reputation after it was shaken by a profit warning, an accounting scandal in Italy, and a £42m fine that was imposed by Ofcom for breaching contracts.

Other executives that were newly appointed include Cathryn Ross, the former chief Ofwat executive who has been appointed as the Director of Regulatory Affairs of BT and Mac Allera, who has been recruited to head up the Consumer business of BT.

Ross is scheduled to start in January while Allera assumed the chief executive post in September.

Jan du Plessis was also appointed as chairman last November from miner Rio Tinto.

Chalmers currently serves as a non-executive director at Coty, a beauty firm. She will replace Dan Fitz who has been the general counsel since 2010.

In 2005, Chalmers joined InBev as the chief legal officer from her general counsel role at rival Diageo.

While at the firm, she helped oversee the merger of AmBev and Interbrew to form the largest brewer in the world.

InBev acquired Anheuser-Busch in a deal that that amounted to a $52bn (£38.8bn) in 2008 and snapped up SABMiller, the Peroni owner, for £79bn in 2016.

BT declined to comment on the matter.