Halbert steps aside as Syntegra MD

Halbert steps aside as Syntegra MD

Tim Smart, currently president of BT Ignite Global Services, is to take over from Bill Halbert as managing director of BT systems integration subsidiary Syntegra.

Syntegra has revenues of around £600m and employs circa 5000 staff worldwide. The company has a large blue chip customer base in the London and New York dealing room markets.

Halbert, who joined BT in 1990 to fashion the Syntegra business proposition, has been moved into a corporate role within the larger group and is charged with driving BT's approach to the information and communications technology (ICT) market.

His replacement, Smart, has been with BT for 13 years and has held the positions of chief executive of BT’s fixed and mobile business in the Netherlands and chief operating officer of AT&T joint venture Concert. Since winding up that business he has rebuilt BT’s international product offer, growing revenues by more than ten per cent in the past 12 months.

Smart will continue to be responsible for BT’s operations in the Americas. reporting to Andy Green, chief executive of BT Ignite.

Green denies that the substitution of Halbert foreshadows the dismantling of Syntegra as a stand-alone business operation.

"Syntegra will maintain its distinct role within BT," he insists.

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