Gavin Patterson

Independent Member

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Gavin has significant international senior leadership experience and has served on boards for companies across FTSE, NASDAQ, AIM and for private equity as well as charities and educational establishments. He has worked across airlines, business services, consumer products, software, technology, telecommunications and third sector.

His portfolio currently includes chairing Elixirr plc, Beamery Inc and Kahoot!, while also serving on the boards of Fractal Analytics and Malt. He acts as a Senior Advisor to Octopus Energy, Alix Partners, Celonis, CAA and Blackstone. He chairs the British-American Business Association.

He completed his executive career as President and Chief Revenue Officer at Salesforce from 2019-23, overseeing a period when the business almost doubled its revenues. Previously, he served on the board of BT Group plc for 11 years including six as CEO from 2013-19, leading the business through the acquisition of EE, its investment in sport, its major expansion of the fibre network, the creation of a market leading cyber security business and the championing the company’s approach to responsible and sustainable business. He started his career at P&G in Brand Management.

Gavin has also served as a trustee of The British Museum, President of The Advertising Association and Chair of Business in the Community. He sat on the British Airways board between 2012-20. He has an MA MEng in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge University.