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BT appoints Chet Patel to lead Continental European operations

Press Release   •   Feb 22, 2017 09:45 GMT

Chet Patel

BT today announced the appointment of Chet Patel to lead its Continental European operations with a focus on driving sustainable growth. He will report to BT’s CEO of Global Services, Luis Alvarez, and will start in the role on March 1.

BT has been operating in Continental Europe since 1980.It employs around 7,200 people across key European business hubs, using 18 data centres, 1,000 network points of presence and 30 city fibre networks to serve many of the world’s best-known multinational companies and government institutions.

Chet Patel has been BT’s president for Global Portfolio & Marketing for the past 18 months, responsible for the products and services which support the company’s global growth plans and play an influential role with BT’s largest global customers.

Chet has more than 22 years of experience in the telecoms and IT sectors. He joined BT as a graduate and has a track record of success in prominent commercial and turnaround roles across the Group’s Consumer, Wholesale, Ventures and Global Services divisions.

Luis Alvarez, CEO Global Services, BT, said: “Our customers across Europe look to BT and our Cloud of Clouds portfolio to help them accelerate their digital transformation. With a senior leader such as Chet Patel at the head of our operations in Europe, we know that they will benefit from the excellence in leadership, unmatched portfolio expertise and strong management skills that are required for long term sustainable success in a rapidly changing world.”

Chet has an MBA from the Henley Management College and a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Politics from Leeds University.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services.BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Global Services, Business and Public Sector, Consumer, EE, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 20161, BT Group’s reported revenue was £19,012m with reported profit before taxation of £2,907m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

1The results for the period have been revised to reflect the outcome of the investigation into our Italian business. Detail of which is set out in our third quarter results announcement published on 27 January 2017. This information is unaudited.

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