Manchester-based tech firm, Purple WiFi, have announced former BT Chief Executive, Gavin Patterson, is joining the company as a non-exec Director.
Patterson has enjoyed an illustrious career including President of the Advertising Association and non-executive director at British Airways and joins Purple at a time of rapid growth.
The software company offers a WiFi platform through which businesses can monitor their customer’s shopping patterns and habits and communicate with targeted messaging. It was Purple who introduced social media logins to the public WiFi login process whereupon valuable customer data is captured on its web portal. The captured data can then be used by their business clients for customer relationship management.
The hire means Purple now share something in common with Silicon Valley tech giants, Salesforce, as Mr Patterson recently also accepted the role of Chairman for their Europe, Middle East and Africa operations.
Gavin Wheeldon, Founder, Purple WiFi
Given Purple’s go-to-market is channel-based, and a large component of that is through telecoms, Gavin’s expertise will be invaluable in helping us scale up our existing relationships and helping us attract new partners around the world.
Gavin Patterson, Non-Exec Director, Purple WiFi
There is no doubt the analytics and engagement tools enjoyed by digital properties will soon be commonplace in physical spaces. Purple is leading the field having already secured some of the biggest brand names in the world.