BT’s legal chief and the man in charge of transformation at VEON are set to be replaced, the two operators have revealed.

Dan Fitz (pictured), General Counsel at BT Group, will step down in April after eight years in the role, although he will continue as company secretary and remain on the Executive Committee.

His final full year at the operator has been dogged by lawsuits triggered by a scandal in Italy, where the local opco was found to have overstated earnings by £532 million.

[Read more: Italy delivers a serious, but not mortal blow to BT’s fortunes]

His replacement, Sabine Chalmers, joins from brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev where she has worked for 13 years.

She also serves as a non-executive director at beauty company Coty and on the board of the UK’s Royal National Theatre.

Meanwhile, VEON’s Chief Performance Transformation Officer will leave the company at the end of this year.

Alexander Matuschka, who previously led transformation efforts at Nokia Networks, departs after two and a half years at the Netherlands-based operator to become Group CEO at Digicel in the Caribbean.

VEON did not provide any information on a replacement, but Matuschka leaves two months after the company hired Jacky Simmonds as Chief People Officer.

The former easyJet exec has been charged with “building a world-class HR function to accelerate the successful transformation of our group across the world”.

In a statement, VEON said: “Mr Matuschka played an important role in the company’s performance transformation program, contributing to its improved financial performance over the past two and a half years.”

Last month, VEON formally unveiled Vasyl Latsanych as CEO of its operations in Russia.

The company appointed a new Chief Compliance Officer in October.

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