LONDON, March 9 Britain's BT has
appointed Jan du Plessis, chairman of miner Rio Tinto,
as its next chairman, taking over from Mike Rake who has led the
telecoms group for 10 years.
BT said on Thursday that du Plessis would join its board as
a non-executive director on June 1, and become chairman on
Du Plessis has led Rio Tinto through a volatile period, as
it scrambled to pay down $39 billion in debt from its Alcan
takeover, scrapped a controversial tie-up with China's Chinalco,
sacked a chief executive after the company made over-priced
acquisitions and fended off a bid from Glencore.
(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Jason Neely)