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Ex-BT CEO Patterson joins Purple WiFi

Manchester-based tech firm, Purple WiFi, have announced former BT Chief Executive, Gavin Patterson, is joining the company as a non-exec Director in what is a major coup for the fast-growing WiFi platform and analytics provider.

Patterson has enjoyed an illustrious career including President of the Advertising Association and non-executive director at British Airways and joins Purple at a time of rapid growth.

The software company offers a WiFi platform through which businesses can monitor their customer’s shopping patterns and habits and communicate with targeted messaging. It was Purple who introduced social media logins to the public WiFi login
process whereupon valuable customer data is captured on its web portal. The captured data can then be used by their business clients for customer relationship management.

On Patterson’s joining of the company, Purple Founder, Gavin Wheeldon, said: “It’s a real honour to have Gavin Patterson join the board alongside Sir Terry Leahy and Bob Willett. Given Purple’s go-to-market is channel-based, and a large
component of that is through telecoms, Gavin’s expertise will be invaluable in helping us scale up our existing relationships and helping us attract new partners around the world.”

The hire means Purple now share something in common with Silicon Valley tech giants, Salesforce, as Mr Patterson recently also accepted the role of Chairman for their Europe, Middle East and Africa operations.

On accepting the role at Purple, Patterson said: “There is no doubt the analytics and engagement tools enjoyed by digital properties will soon be commonplace in physical spaces. Purple is leading the field having already secured some of the biggest brand names in the world. I look forward to helping on their continued global expansion plans.”

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine