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Wholesale internet service provider (ISP) BT Openreach has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), it has been announced.

Olivia Garfield steps up from her current role as BT's Group Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs to take charge of the group's local access network operations.

BT Openreach is responsible for ensuring that rival internet service providers receive fair and equal access the firm's broadband infrastructure, allowing them to supply their own broadband deals.

Ms Garfield replaces Steve Robertson as CEO at BT Openreach, the division he founded back in 2005.

BT Chief Executive Ian Livingston said the outgoing CEO had been responsible for "tremendous achievements" over the last six years, and his enthusiasm and drive will be missed.

He stated: "Given Steve's departure, I am delighted to be able to announce that Liv Garfield succeeds him.

"She has done a fabulous job as Strategy Director and has gained recognition both in and beyond BT for her leadership skills."

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