Ian Livingston has been named as the new CEO of BT Group from June. He will be taking over from current CEO Ben Verwaayen who steps down at the end of May having spent more than six years with the company. He will be moving into the post from his role as chief executive of BT Retail.
Over the last six years, BT has changed dramatically to adapt to the changing climate of competition at all different levels from wholesale down to retail. This has been a unique challenge for a company which, not that long ago, was the only provider of various services.
Many will remember Ben Verwaayen's as CEO because he was approachable and when occasionally as in any large company things did not go right an email to him and invariably help would be forthcoming. This helpful and approachable nature has possibly done more to change the face of BT in the UK than spending millions on flashy marketing could ever have achieved.
"Ben has been an exceptional CEO whose courage and leadership has transformed BT from being a deeply troubled organisation into a thriving business with global capability and a clear strategy for the future. [..] Ben has done more than anyone else to make Britain the most competitive broadband market in the world. He has been instrumental in restoring pride in BT. Everyone in the company owes him a huge debt of gratitude and wishes him well for the future."Sir Mike Rake (Chairman), BT Group
Gavin Patterson, group managing director of BT's consumer division will become the CEO of BT Retail to fill the post vacated by Ian Livingston.