McQuade to lead division

BT shake-up sees new enterprise unit launched

BTBT is bringing together its enterprise businesses in the UK and Republic of Ireland to simplify its operating model in a move that also sees a slimming down of the management team.

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, will bring together and lead the new organisation.

Graham Sutherland, who has led the Irish and BT Business operations is leaving the company.

The new organisation will target the SME, 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 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.

“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.”

Mr McQuade will take up his new role on 1 May and it will report as a single unit from 1 October.

Mr Patterson added: “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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