Wilcox joins from Vodafone, where she was regional HR director for Europe. Before that she was regional HR director for Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and has also worked as an account director at global management consulting firm Hay Group.
Wilcox takes over at BT from Clare Chapman, who left in March after three-and-a-half years, and will be tasked with helping the company deliver sustainable profitable revenue growth.
Gavin Patterson, BT's chief executive, said: “BT is entering an exciting period; it is transforming the UK’s broadband landscape from superfast to ultrafast, it’s re-entering the consumer mobile market, and BT Sport and BT TV are going from strength to strength. I look forward to working with Alison and seeing BT and its people prosper.”
Wilcox said: “I am looking forward to this opportunity. BT is one of the UK’s biggest companies in a highly dynamic sector, investing both in its own future and the future of the UK communications market. It is a great privilege to join BT at this exciting time and to be part of the team building for growth.”
Wilcox will join BT on 1 July.