BT retail chief joins the board at British Airways

Steve Dinneen
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BT’S head of retail Gavin Patterson is to join the board of British Airways (BA).

Patterson, who also has a place on the BT Group board, resigned as a director of Johnston Press last year.

BA sales and marketing director Andrew Crawley, who was acquitted during the collapsed price fixing case in May, has been promoted by the airline to commercial director.

Jumeirah Group chief operating officer Frank van der Post will join BA as managing director of brands in January.

BT announced its own shake-up at its Global Services division yesterday, creating four new executive roles.

Andy Nicholson will head up Global Service’s global banking and financial markets arm; Neil Rogers leads for global government & health; Kim McMann will run global consumer packaged goods and Bas Burger takes charge of the firm’s global commerce organisation. They will report to Global Services chief executive Jeff Kelly.