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Gavin Patterson

Gavin Patterson

Experienced Chair: AIM, Private Equity, Private Company, Third Sector 

Experienced CEO: FTSE100

  • 18 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in airlines, business services, consumer products, software, technology, telecommunications, third sector
  • Experience as a Chief Executive, Divisional Director, Chief Marketing Officer, Audit & Risk Committee Chair, Nominations Committee Chair, Remuneration Committee Chair, Responsible and Sustainability Committee Chair, Technology Committee Chair
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Current Positions

Gavin Patterson is currently President & Chief Revenue Officer of Salesforce. He is also Chair of Aim-listed Elixirr Consulting, Chair of HRH Prince of Wales’s charity Business in the Community and sits on the board of the APAX backed Fractal Analytics and EQT backed Delta Fiber.

Industry Knowledge

Gavin joined Salesforce in August 2019 and is currently President and Chief Revenue Officer, responsible for worldwide sales and distribution. He has also served as Chairman of the Advisory Board and President, International.

Prior to Salesforce, Gavin served as Chief Executive of BT Group from 2013-19 and a Board Director from 2008-19. During his tenure at BT, he completed the UK rollout of the superfast fibre and started the deployment of ultrafast fibre. Gavin led the £15bn acquisition of EE, launched BT Sport, expanded BT’s cybersecurity practice and championed BT’s social purpose agenda. He joined BT in 2004 as Managing Director of the Consumer division and joined the board as CEO of BT Retail in 2008.

Prior to BT, Gavin spent four years at Virgin Media latterly as Managing Director, Consumer and nine years at Procter & Gamble in various brand management and marketing roles. He has served on boards across public markets including FTSE100, private companies, private equity-owned and AIM-listed including British Airways plc, Elixirr Consulting, Delta Fiber and Fractal Analytics. His third sector board roles include Chair of Business in the Community and he was a Trustee at the British Museum. He continues to act as an advisor and investor for several tech startups.

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David Jiménez-Blanco is Vice Chairman of Bolsas y Mercados Españoles, Chairman of the Madrid Stock Exchange and Chairman of Gawa Capital Partners SGEIC, SA.  He is also an Independent Board Member of SIX Group AG (the owner and operator of the Swiss and Spanish Stock Exchange) and of Arima Real Estate SOCIMI SA, and a Member of the Board of Trustees at Fundacion Pablo Horstmann.

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Peter Livanos

Peter Livanos

Peter Livanos is Chairman of Gaslog Ltd, Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises Ltd, EnergyLog Ltd, DryLog Ltd and TankLog Ltd. He is a Partner of MW&L and holds directorships and memberships in various international companies and committees. He is a member of the Council of the American Bureau of Shipping and chairman of the Greek National Committee. Peter is also a member of the Board of Trustees for New York-Presbyterian Hospital. 

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Paul Hermelin

Paul Hermelin

Paul Hermelin is Chairman of the Non-Executive Board of Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. He is also Chair of the Opera Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the French Chair of the India-France Large companies Forum and the “Special Envoy of the French government for India-France economic relationships”.

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Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg

Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg

Dr Svein Richard Brandtzæg is Vice Chairman of DNB ASA and Chairman of Veidekke ASA. He is an Independent Director at Swiss Steel Holding AG, a Non-Executive Director at Mondi plc and Eramet Norway. He is also the Vice Chair of the Council of Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (The Norwegian Wealth Fund).

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