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gavin pattersonGavin Patterson

Chief Executive BT Group plc

Gavin Patterson, 47, was appointed Chief Executive BT Group in September 2013. BT is a global communications services company which uses the power of communications to make a better world. It brings together the best networks and technology with the expertise of its people, to enable businesses to grow, communities to thrive, and individuals to get more out of life. 

Prior to this Gavin was Chief Executive BT Retail and joined the BT Group plc board in June 2008. Under his leadership, BT Retail cemented its market-leading position launching BT Infinity super-fast fibre broadband, driving growth in IT services and building the largest wi-fi network in the UK and Ireland. He also led BT’s involvement in the evolution of digital TV services. This includes being a founder partner in YouView and the creation of BT Sport which launched in August 2013. 

Gavin joined BT in January 2004 as Group Managing Director Consumer. He previously spent four years at Telewest (now Virgin Media) - latterly as Managing Director Consumer Division, where in March 2000 he launched broadband in the UK. Prior to this, he spent nine years at Procter and Gamble, rising to become European Marketing Director. 

From 2010-2013 Gavin sat on the advisory board of the Cambridge Judge Business School and from 2011-2014 he was President of the Advertising Association.

In addition, Gavin is a Non-Executive Director of British Airways and a Trustee of The British Museum. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in chemical engineering and is married with four children.

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