Gavin Patterson generously shares his experiences and insights with us, including the 75% of the job you don't know about before becoming a CEO and many more. He notes, "Ultimately good strategy is about making choices... then it's about executing. I've seen plenty of great strategies that have gone nowhere, because people haven't been able to execute them due to capability... It's about a balance between the two." We completely agree. Vision into Action.
Gavin leads a company that is at the absolute epicenter of how consumers connect with each other, consume content and create meaningful shared experiences with others. BT competes in an industry continually transforming under massive consumer and technology shifts. The Chief Executive role demands foresight and bold thinking while at the same time, providing calm, measured leadership. Gavin brings this rare blend of leadership that has made him a household name in the UK.
Following his B.Sc. at Cambridge University, majoring in Chemical Engineering, Gavin spent four years at Telewest (now Virgin Media) latterly as Managing Director Consumer. His next move was to Procter and Gamble, where, during his nine years he became European Marketing Director.
Moving on to join BT in 2004 in the role of Group Managing Director, BT Retail’s Consumer division, he was appointed Chief Executive, BT Retail in May 2008 (joining the BT Group plc board that same year). Gavin was most recently appointed Chief Executive Officer, BT Group plc in September 2013. In addition, Gavin is a non-executive Director of British Airways and a Trustee of The British Museum. From 2010-2013 Gavin sat on the advisory board of the Cambridge Judge Business School and from 2011-2014 he was President of the Advertising Association.
An experienced senior-level human resources executive, Dennis has over three decades of business experience specialising in strategy development and deployment, building high performance organisations and with large-scale mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
He has worked at some of the world’s most admired companies, across multiple industry sectors, as Chief Human Resources Officer for Walt Disney, Kellogg, Scripps Networks Interactive and NXP Semiconductors. In addition, he held senior executive positions at Procter and Gamble in the United States and the United Kingdom. Currently, Dennis serves as Executive Chairman of Kinetic Consulting NA and President, Core Strengths Management Consulting in Cincinnati, Ohio.