BT Group confirmed that Philip Jansen, Chief Executive, BT Group, 53-year-old has tested positive for coronavirus. With this announcement, it is the first publicly confirmed case among leaders of FTSE 100 companies being diagnosed with Covid-19. He has worked as being chief executive of the telecoms group for just over a year.
No disruption to the business
After having felt slightly unwell he decided as a precaution to be tested. As soon as the test results were positive, he isolated himself at home by following the Public Health England protocols.
Philip Jansen talked about his situation:
“I’ve met several industry partners this week so I felt it was the responsible thing to do to alert them to this fact as soon as I could. Given my symptoms seem relatively mild, I will continue to lead BT but work with my team remotely over the coming week. There will be no disruption to the business.”
BT declared that they are working closely with Public Health England to undertake a full deep clean of relevant parts of its Group headquarters. Public Health England advises employees who have been in contact with the chief executive to self-isolate.