Mercury men move to C&W board

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Cable & Wireless yesterday announced the latest round of senior job appointments at C&W Communications, its pounds 5bn TV and telephony group formed out of the proposed merger of Mercury Communications and cable operators Nynex CableComms and Bell Cablemedia.

Seven management board jobs were made, in addition to the three senior executives already appointed. Three further jobs have still to be filled, raising further questions about whether C&W can complete the merger in line with its internal target of April. The three remaining posts are understood to be legal affairs, information systems and marketing.

Five of the seven appointments are Mercury executivesDarren Entwistle, Adrian Chamberlain, Rob Fisher, David Wickham and Ian Hinchliffe. The other two are Gilles Leclerc, from Bell Cablemedia, and Ted Hatch, from Nynex CableComms.

Peter Howell-Davies, Mercury's chief executive, has not been given a post in the merged group. Graham Wallace, C&W Communications' chief executive, said: "Peter will continue to be chief executive of Mercury."

Mr Wallace dismissed speculation that the appointments had been delayed by haggling over contract terms. Rumours suggested Dick Brown, C&W's American chief executive, had asked that candidates for the new senior management team accept jobs with just a month's notice period. However, Mr Wallace said: "This speculation is absolutely wrong. It is wildly inaccurate."