Philip Jansen to Take Over From Gavin Patterson as BT's Chief Executive in 2019

Philip Jansen to Take Over From Gavin Patterson as BT's Chief Executive in 2019 Image Credit: BT

BT Group announced the appointment of Philip Jansen as Chief Executive, taking over from Gavin Patterson on 1 February 2019.

Philip joins from Worldpay, the global payments services group, where he will be stepping down as Co-Chief Executive at the end of the year. Philip has been Chief Executive of Worldpay since 2013, leading it through its flotation in 2015, until its combination with Vantiv in 2018 to create a global leader in eCommerce. He has previously been CEO and then Chairman of Brakes Group and has held a variety of senior roles in Sodexo Group, latterly as Chief Operating Officer and CEO, Europe, South Africa and India. Earlier in his career Philip was COO of MyTravel PLC and Managing Director of Telewest Communications PLC’s Consumer Division. He started his career with Procter and Gamble.

Meanwhile Gavin Patterson will continue to serve as Chief Executive until 31 January 2019.

Jan du Plessis, Chairman of BT Group
Philip’s strong leadership has inspired his teams, successfully transformed businesses across multiple industries and created significant value for shareholders. His most recent success at Worldpay, a technology-led business, means he is well suited to build on the solid foundations that are in place at BT.

Philip Jansen, In-coming CEO, BT Group
In a competitive market we will need to be absolutely focused on our customers’ needs and pursue the right technology investments to help grow the business. I’m excited to get to know all the people at BT and work together to take the business forward.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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