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BT appoints Overton as MD of newly created ‘Division X’ unit

Paul Lipscombe
January 14, 2022

Overton begins his role on February 14 and joins from Sierra Wireless 

BT has announced the appointment of Marc Overton as managing director of its newly created ‘Division X’ unit.

The new unit, which forms part of BT’s Enterprise business, focuses on the scale up and commercialising the development of customer solutions and incorporates components such as 5G private networks, IoT and edge computing.

Overton joins BT from IoT provider Sierra Wireless and begins his role on February 14.

At Sierra Wireless Overton was chief solutions officer and senior vice president for EMEA and APAC, helping to grow the business sevenfold between 2017 and 2020.

Prior to that, Overton was MD, global innovation and sales at Cisco Jasper, and also held various roles at EE and Orange UK, where he helped to build their MVNO and IoT businesses.

His prior experience provides BT with ‘extensive knowledge across mobile, IoT, cloud, software-as-a-service’ says BT, which the telco has identified as key strategic growth areas for BT’s Enterprise business.

Growth engine

On his appointment, Overton said: “Division X is set to be a key growth engine for BT’s Enterprise business, moving it from a telco to a tech co by expanding into adjacent services which go beyond traditional calls and lines.

“We’ll be focused on turning emerging tech like 5G, IoT, Edge and AI into solutions that we can scale, sell, and which will drive sustainable growth.”

BT Enterprise business CEO Rob Shuter added: “Marc’s breadth of global experience across mobile and digital platforms, together with his proven ability to transform the latest tech innovations into scalable customer solutions, made him the ideal candidate to lead Division X.

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