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BT names global IT architect Howard Watson as CIO

BT chief architect and managing director of global IT platforms, Howard Watson, is to replace Clive Selley as the telecoms firm's CIO

BT has appointed insider Howard Watson to the post of group CIO, after incumbent Clive Selley stepped down to become CEO of the firm's infrastructure arm, Openreach.

Watson, who is currently BT’s chief architect and managing director of global platforms, will also become the CEO of BT Technology, Service and Operations (BT TSO).

A graduate of Birmingham’s Aston University – and a qualified pilot – Watson joined BT in 2011 from telecoms software supplier and consultancy Cartesian. He previously served as chief technology and information officer at Virgin Media and its predecessor, Telewest.

At BT, he led the technical teams behind the launch of BT Sport and oversaw the transformation of the telecoms firm's internal software development procedures.

“I am thrilled to be appointed as CEO of BT TSO. It has been my home since 2011 and we have achieved great things under its umbrella,” said Watson.

“The next few years promise to be transformational in how people communicate, and I look forward to making my contribution.”

BT converges network with EE

BT said Watson possessed a broad knowledge of technical and operational leadership, with expertise in engineering, strategic development and business development.

The company said his experience of integrating networks, gleaned during his stint in the cable TV sector, will prove useful as BT combines its network with EE’s in the coming months.

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As CEO of BT TSO, Howard will take charge of BT’s core networks and IT systems, managing its internal and external platforms, including TV, mobile and conferencing, as well as its R&D wing at Adastral Park near Ipswich.

BT CEO Gavin Patterson added: “Howard has done a great job since joining BT in 2011 and is absolutely the right man to oversee the integration of our network with EE’s.

“Fixed mobile convergence is an important trend and Howard will help consumers and businesses take advantage of it.”

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