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BT forms new business unit BT Enterprise

Press Release   •   Apr 18, 2018 07:03 BST

BT brings together Business and Public Sector and Wholesale and Ventures businesses

Gerry McQuade appointed CEO of new business unit BT Enterprise

Bringing together the enterprise businesses will strengthen services and products and sharpen focus on customer experience, as customers move towards converged technologies

BT Group today announced it will bring together its enterprise businesses in the UK and Republic of Ireland to accelerate its transformation, simplify its operating model and strengthen accountabilities.

BT’s Business and Public Sector and Wholesale and Ventures are to be combined to create a new business unit, BT Enterprise. Gerry McQuade, currently CEO of the Wholesale and Ventures business, has been appointed to bring together and lead the new organisation.

The new organisation will provide products and services to organisations in the small-to-medium sized business, corporate and public sectors, and provide wholesale services to around 1,400 communication providers in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The business will also include BT’s Ventures business which acts as an incubator for potential new growth areas of the company.

Gavin Patterson, BT Chief Executive, said: “Having brought together our Consumer and EE businesses, this is the next step in the simplification of BT’s operating model. Combining our enterprise businesses will allow us to strengthen the services and products we offer to businesses and sharpen our focus on customer service, through clear accountabilities and by introducing efficiencies. Gerry McQuade has successfully led the Wholesale and Ventures business since its inception in 2016 and is the right person to drive the new organisation forward.”

“Together, our senior management team will ensure that BT realises its full potential, connecting customers in the UK and beyond to next-generation digital communications services, content and networks.”

Gerry will lead BT Enterprise from 1 May 2018 and it will report as a single unit from 1 October 2018.

After five years on BT’s Executive Committee, and 12 years in BT, Graham Sutherland is leaving BT.

Gavin Patterson said: “I’d like to thank Graham for all he has done for BT over the past 12 years. During his time as CEO of the businesses in Ireland and MD of BT Business, he materially improved the profitability and performance of those divisions. Most recently as CEO of BT Business and Public Sector he has successfully led the integration of EE business into BT and the turnaround of our Public Sector division. I wish him all the very best for the future.”

BT’s Global Services unit will continue to provide services to multinational companies operating in the UK and worldwide.

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Gerry McQuade’s Biography:

Gerry McQuade will become CEO of BT’s new combined Business, Public Sector, Wholesale and Ventures division called BT Enterprise on 1 May, 2018. The division will operate across the UK and Republic of Ireland, providing fixed and mobile communications services and IT to small and medium sized businesses and wholesale services to communications service providers.

Gerry is currently CEO of Wholesale and Ventures, which provides wholesale fixed network services to 1,400 customers and supports MVNOs with 3.8m mobile customers, having taken the role in April 2016.

Before BT’s acquisition of EE, Gerry was Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for EE’s Business and Wholesale units, and was responsible for all EE product development.

Gerry joined Orange in January 2008 as Chief Development Officer, where he was key in overseeing the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, and the subsequent rebranding as EE. He was also one of the founding directors of Virgin Mobile and was involved through the launch, growth, flotation and eventual sale of the business. He also previously worked at Cellnet (now O2).

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For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was £24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m.

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