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Clive Selley is set to be confirmed as the new CEO of BT Openreach, with current chief Joe Garner set to step down in order to take the helm at Nationwide Building Society.

The handover will happen at some point during the current quarter, with Mr Selley seen as one of the UK's foremost digital experts, boasting a substantial amount of technological and management experience.  

He is also credited for playing a prominent role in the development of BT's fibre broadband network.

Speaking about his appointment, Mr Selley said: “I am honoured to have been asked to lead Openreach at this important point in its history.

"The huge investment it has made over the past decade has made the UK a broadband leader, and we need to build on those foundations by deploying fibre to further communities and by rolling out ultrafast broadband.

"Customer service is a top priority of mine and I am committed to delivering further improvements by working closely with all industry partners who rely on our network to serve their customers."

He added that Openreach was "at the heart of the UK economy" with engineers its "lifeblood".

BT's CEO Gavin Patterson described Mr Selley as a "hugely talented individual", adding he was delighted at his appointment.

He continued: “He has an unrivalled knowledge of networks and engineering and is ideally suited to take the UK from a superfast nation to an ultrafast one.

"He supports our vision for the UK’s digital future and will play a key role in ensuring that businesses, consumers and communities receive the services they need and deserve.”

The leadership shuffle will coincide with the tenth anniversary of Openreach, which BT claims has helped the UK lead the EU's ‘big five’ for superfast broadband coverage and take up.

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