BT chief executive Gavin Patterson to leave this year

Move comes amid growing shareholder dissatisfaction with his performance

The BT chief executive, Gavin Patterson, is to leave the telecoms giant this year after investors made it clear they had lost confidence in his ability to lead the company through an ambitious turnaround plan.

In a surprise move, the company said it had started the process of looking for his successor and expected to appoint a new chief executive in the second half of the year.

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