Vodafone UK, Three and O2 CEOs go into self-isolation, as BT boss tests positive for Covid19

Published: 15 March 2020 - 8:34 a.m.

The CEOs of Vodafone, Three and O2 UK have also confirmed that they will be self-isolating as a preventative measure

The UK’s biggest telco, BT Group, has announced that its CEO, Philip Jansen, has tested positive for the Covid19 virus, four days after he attended a meeting with the heads of the UK’s mobile network operators.

Mark Evans, CEO of O2; Dave Dyson, CEO of Three UK; and Nick Jeffrey, CEO of Vodafone UK, have all gone into self-isolation following the news as a preventative measure.

“Having felt slightly unwell I decided as a precaution to be tested. As soon as the test results were known I isolated myself at home,” said Jansen.

“I’ve met several industry partners this week so 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.”

Despite Jansen’s assurance that there will be “no disruption to the business”, BT’s share price took a hefty whack at the end of last week, as the industry reacted negatively to the news.

BT’s share price stood at £1.2728 on Wednesday afternoon but had fallen to £1.1230 per share by the close of play on Friday.

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