Sean Williams, Chief Strategy Officer, BT Group
Sean is Chief Strategy Officer of BT Group. He is a member of the Operating Committee, responsible for BT’s overall strategy, its positions with respect to regulators (particularly Ofcom) and governments in the UK and around the world, for aligning BT’s key investments in its product portfolio across the Group and for its sustainability team. Sean led BT’s acquisition of EE, including its engagement with the CMA.
Before joining BT in 2008, Sean was an executive director on the board of Ofcom from 2003 to 2007, responsible for economic regulation and competition policy in telecoms and broadcasting in the UK. He led Ofcom’s work on broadband and LLU, the Telecoms Strategic Review and the new regulatory settlement under BT’s Undertakings, which created openreach. He was executive director on the board at the Office of Fair Trading from 2007-2008, responsible for competition law and consumer law enforcement in the UK, including merger control and anti-cartel investigations.
Before Ofcom Sean was a Partner of LEK Consulting LLP, an international strategy consulting firm originating in the UK, from 1997 to 2003. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Policy Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street. From 1990 to 2008 he was a Board Director of Williams Lea Group, a private business services company employing about 10,000 people worldwide.
Sean has degrees in economics from Oxford and Harvard Universities.