BT has appointed the man responsible for its network and IT infrastructure as the new CEO of Openreach.

Clive Selley will move from his role as Group CIO and CEO of BT Technology, Service and Operations during this quarter.

He replaces Joe Garner, who announced last November that he was leaving to become the Chief Executive of British bank Nationwide.

BT credited Selley with overseeing the development of fibre broadband, including the doubling of speeds in 2012 and the pioneering research into G.Fast technology.

The exec will take over an organisation whose future is currently uncertain.

UK regulator Ofcom is assessing whether to keep Openreach “functionally separated” from BT as part of its latest review of the digital communications market.

Rivals have made a concerted effort to try and persuade Ofcom to completely separate the two companies.

The results of the review are due to be published at the end of February.

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.

“Openreach is at the heart of the UK economy with our open access network underpinning a ferociously competitive broadband market. That has benefited consumers and businesses greatly.”

Gavin Patterson, BT Group CEO added: “Clive is a hugely talented individual and I am delighted he has agreed to lead Openreach.

“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.

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