Date
22 November 2017
Lord John Browne will head Huawei's revamped UK board that will oversee local corporate governance issues. Photo: Bloomberg
Lord John Browne will head Huawei's revamped UK board that will oversee local corporate governance issues. Photo: Bloomberg

Ex-BP chief to chair Huawei’s UK board

Huawei has recruited former BP chief executive Lord John Browne to head a UK board of directors that will oversee British operations of the Chinese telecom equipment giant, Financial Times reported.

Lord Browne will become the first independent chairman of Huawei’s UK business, while Helen Alexander, a former president of the Confederation of British Industry, and Andrew Cahn, the former head of UK Trade & Investment, will serve as non-executive directors to the board, the report said.

Ken Hu, deputy chairman of the Huawei group board, was quoted as saying that the new board appointments reflect Huawei’s “commitment to openness and transparency and to continuing to build relationships of trust in the UK and across the world”.

Huawei’s ownership structure and operations have come under the spotlight following concerns raised in a US congressional report in 2012 about alleged links with the Chinese government.

The revamped UK board will be responsible for reviewing the performance of Huawei’s operations, and providing counsel to the management team as well as the standard legal obligations of directors of a UK limited liability company, the report said.

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