Gavin Patterson to be appointed chief executive of BT Group

         Gavin Patterson to be appointed chief executive of BT Group

PR Newswire

LONDON, June 19, 2013

LONDON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BT announces today that Gavin Patterson
will succeed Ian Livingston as chief executive of BT Group plc.

Ian has agreed to take up a role in government as Minister of State for Trade
and Investment. He will continue as chief executive of BT until he steps down
from his post and from BT's Board in September.

Gavin Patterson has served as chief executive of BT Retail and as a BT Board
member since 2008, having joined the company as a senior executive four years
prior to that. He will take over as chief executive of BT Group in September.

Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of BT, said: "Ian has done a tremendous job in
transforming BT. His decision to accept a government post demonstrates the
sense of public service which many of us know to be characteristic. He leaves
behind him a very capable team, one which will take forward the strategy that
has served BT well and which lays out the path to further success.

"We have a fitting and experienced successor in Gavin Patterson. He has a
detailed knowledge of all parts of our business and a track record of success.
He was closely involved in creating our strategy and is the right person to
take it forward. BT will make yet further progress under his leadership."

Gavin Patterson said: "It is a privilege to have been offered the position of
chief executive of BT Group, and I am delighted to accept.

"The company is in a strong place. We have great opportunities ahead and are
well placed to take advantage of them, in the UK and internationally. We have
the people, the technology and the plans we need to build on our current
successes. I look forward to leading a dynamic team to ensure we do just

Ian Livingston said: 'I am honoured to have been asked by the Prime Minister
to take on the role of Minister for Trade and Investment, with a remit of
helping the growth of British companies and the country's future economic

"It has been an incredibly hard decision to leave BT at such an exciting
time. However, the opportunities ahead and the strength of the management
team that Gavin will lead mean that the company is in a great position.

"I am immensely proud to have led this company over the last five years. We
have made huge progress over the last few years but I know there is still so
much more that BT can and will do."

Ian will join the House of Lords prior to taking up his front-bench government
post in December.

An announcement about the specific September date on which Ian will hand over
the BT chief executive's post to Gavin will follow in due course.

June 2013

Biography of Gavin Patterson

Gavin Patterson, 45, became Chief Executive of BT Retail in May 2008 and
joined the BT Group plc board a month later. He will succeed Ian Livingston as
chief executive of BT Group in September.

Gavin joined BT in January 2004 as managing director of its consumer division.
He previously spent four years at Telewest (which later merged with NTL to
become Virgin Media), including as managing director of its consumer division.
Before entering the communications sector, he spent nine years at Procter and
Gamble, rising to become European marketing director.

As well as leading BT's retail division, Gavin oversees corporate
responsibility programmes for BT Group and represents the company on the CBI's
Climate Change Board. He has served as President of the Advertising
Association since June 2011, is a non-executive director of British Airways
and a Trustee of the British Museum. He also sits on the advisory board of the
Cambridge Judge Business School.

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

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications services and
solutions, serving customers in more than 170 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 and internet products and
services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists
principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT
Wholesale and Openreach.

In the year ended 31 March 2013, BT Group's revenue was £18,017m with profit
before taxation of £2,501m.

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.

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