Meet Chet Patel
President, Continental Europe
Chet Patel was appointed as president, BT in Continental Europe in March 2017. He reports to the CEO, Global Services.
BT has been operating in Continental Europe since 1980. In his current role, Chet leads a team of around 7,200 people across key European business hubs, using 18 data centres, 1,000 network points of presence and 30 city fibre networks to serve many of the world’s best-known multinational companies and government institutions.
Prior to this appointment, Chet was president of Global Portfolio & Marketing since September 2015 and was responsible for the products and services which support the company’s global growth plans and played an influential role with BT’s largest global customers. In addition to this, Chet is also the profession head for the sales community within the BT Academy and is BT’s regional director for London.
Chet has more than 22 years of experience in the telecoms and IT sectors. He joined BT from stockbrokers Charles Schwab in 1994 as a graduate and has a track record of success in prominent commercial and turnaround roles across the Group’s Consumer, Wholesale, Ventures and Global Services divisions, including managing director of BT Wholesale Markets, director of customer service in BT Retail, chief executive of the BT Redcare and Payphones businesses and general manager of retail products. He was also responsible for the launch of BT’s broadband portfolio within the UK.
Complementing his regional director role, Chet is also a non executive director of London First and was a member of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Panel till 2016. Passionate about driving economic growth and creating jobs, Chet also contributed to the London Economic Development Plan, which sets the investment strategy to drive growth up to 2036 and beyond.
Chet has an MBA from the Henley Management College and a BA (Hons) degree in Economics and Politics from Leeds University.
In his spare time, Chet is a keen volunteer and regularly mentors teenagers in developing their careers and coaches local youth teams in both rugby and football.
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