Gavin Patterson to take CEO role of BT Group from September
BT have announced a new CEO will take over from September following the news that Ian Livingston is to become Minister of State for Trade and Investment in the UK government. Gavin Patterson, the current head of BT Retail, will take the new role as Chief Executive of BT Group.
"It is a privilege to have been offered the position of chief executive of BT Group, and I am delighted to accept.
The company is in a strong place. We have great opportunities ahead and are well placed to take advantage of them, in the UK and internationally. We have the people, the technology and the plans we need to build on our current successes. I look forward to leading a dynamic team to ensure we do just that."Gavin Patterson, future CEO of BT Group
Livingston took the role from the former CEO Ben Verwaayen back in June 2008, again being promoted from BT's consumer division to run the group as a whole.
"It has been an incredibly hard decision to leave BT at such an exciting time. However, the opportunities ahead and the strength of the management team that Gavin will lead mean that the company is in a great position.
I am immensely proud to have led this company over the last five years. We have made huge progress over the last few years but I know there is still so much more that BT can and will do."Ian Livingston, outgoing CEO of BT Group