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Gavin Patterson
Chief Executive at BT


Gavin Patterson, 50, is Chief Executive, BT Group. 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.

Gavin has led the continued rollout of superfast broadband – the fastest rollout in the world. He has also led the acquisition of EE, which will enable BT to combine the best fixed network with the best mobile network to create the UK’s leading converged communications provider.

Prior to this Gavin was Chief Executive BT Retail and joined the BT Group plc board. Under his leadership, BT Retail cemented its market-leading position launching BT Infinity superfast fibre broadband, BT TV and BT Sport; driving growth in IT services and building the largest wi-fi network in the UK and Ireland.

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 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 he is currently a Non-Executive Director, British Airways; Trustee of the British Museum; Vice President of the Royal Television Society; a fellow of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals; a member of the CBI Presidents Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in chemical engineering and is married with four children.

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