Telecoms giant BT unveils senior Scots appointment

BT has named Alan Lees as the new director of its enterprise business in Scotland.

Lees wants BT to help firms survive the impact of Covid-19. Picture: contributed.
Lees wants BT to help firms survive the impact of Covid-19. Picture: contributed.

The Glasgow-born executive started his career at the telecoms group in 2001, has held many senior sales-related roles, most recently leading BT’s corporate business team within its enterprise unit in Scotland, where he was responsible for supporting the largest businesses north of the Border. He will lead the group’s enterprise business’ relationships with large business and public sector customers across Scotland.

On the subject of starting his new role in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, he said: “We know how tough it has been for our customers, including some who’ve had to temporarily cease trading and others who are adapting to finding new ways of working.

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“The shutdown of normal activity is having a huge impact on businesses, particularly in the hospitality, leisure, entertainment, travel and education industries. As a critical enabler, we are doing all we can to support our partners in both the public and private sectors.” He also said BT is supporting businesses from sole traders to large corporates.

Lees said the focus now is to help businesses survive the economic impact of the coronavirus situation, but in the longer term he wants BT to play a key role in the country’s future prosperity. He also said BT has been helping small firms across Scotland to move more of their services online for survival.

Dean Terry, MD corporate and public sector at BT’s enterprise unit, hailed Lees’ appointment. He said: “His experience of working in senior sales positions within BT and his understanding of the business needs of our corporate and public sector partners in Scotland will be a huge asset in his new role.”

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