New Chair appointed at expanding telecoms group JT

An image of Phil Male, newly appointed Chairman of JT Group board

JT Group has today announced that one of the UK’s leading technologists, Phil Male, has succeeded John Stares as its Chair. Mr Stares stood down at the end of March, after completing ten years on the Group Board, the last five of which were as Chair.

After graduating from Imperial College, Mr Male was a founding director of digital publishing pioneer Computer Newspaper Services and went on to work for The Press Association helping to launch Teletext and many other electronic media brands. He became involved in the start-up of Demon Internet, one of the world’s first commercial Internet Services Providers, ultimately becoming its Technical Director and finally merging it with Scottish Telecom. In 1999 Mr Male was one of the three founding directors that floated the combined business on the London Stock Exchange as THUS Plc.

When THUS was acquired by Cable&Wireless Worldwide, he was appointed Group Operations Director and then Chief Strategy Officer, managing the separation and subsequent flotation of Worldwide. Mr Male left Cable&Wireless in 2010 to become Chief Executive Officer of UK2 Group, a global provider of Internet hosting services.

Since 2015, Mr Male has worked with investment houses across Europe specialising in telecoms and technology businesses and sat on numerous boards including Virtual1, Fibercore, Zitcom Group, Kondor, JANet Commercial and The Data Communications Company. He is also a non-executive director of Comic Relief and a guest lecturer at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School.

Mr Male said: “Since I joined the JT board, it has been immensely satisfying to see the company evolve from a locally focused telecoms operator into an international business based in 11 locations, employing more than 600 people worldwide, and supporting more than 2,200 businesses outside of the Channel Islands. JT SIMs now power over 1.5 million devices worldwide and we have signed strategic partnerships with a number of leading multinationals, including Inmarsat and Sony.

“On Jersey itself we are nearing the completion of our full-fibre network infrastructure, our Gigabit Jersey programme, which delivers the ultimate telecoms promise of a full fibre-to-the-premise infrastructure. Alongside our significant investments in mobile and IoT platforms on the Island, we are making Jersey one of the most connected places on the planet – a truly social and economic enabler for the Island.

“We are living through a period of huge technological change and I am privileged to chair a highly capable business that is well positioned to grasp the opportunities that this paradigm shift presents.”

Graeme Millar, Chief Executive Officer of JT, said: “Phil becomes Chairman at an exciting time for JT, as we deliver on our promise to be ‘always on, always there and always enabling.’ We now have a clear structure in place to develop both locally and internationally, bringing new products and services to a growing global audience while never losing sight of our Channel Island home.

“Growing revenue outside of the Jersey and Guernsey has allowed us to invest in our local networks, not least our ambitious full-fibre project in Jersey, which will be completed very soon. Phil’s guidance will be invaluable to me and the executive team at this strategically important time for the business.”

Angus Flett, CEO of The Data Communications Company, said: “Phil is an acknowledged expert in the world of telecoms, media and technology. His wealth of experience from the pioneering days of the Internet through to his time running large global companies – combined with his refreshing style and genuinely engaging personality will be a feather in the cap for both JT and Jersey”.

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