Altrincham-born Patterson to lead BT

TELECOMS group BT has named Altrincham-born Gavin Patterson as its new chief executive.

He will succeed Ian Livingston who is stepping down in September to join the Government as a trade minister in succession to Lord Green who is retiring.

Mr Patterson, 45, a Liverpool-supporting father of four, is currently head of BT's Retail division and has been a main board director since 2008.  Before his family moved to the south he went to Cobbs Infants School in Appleton, Warrington.

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