Ofcom appoints new chief executive

Ofcom has appointed Sharon White as its chief executive. White joins from the UK Treasury where she is second permanent secretary.

sharon_white_960x640She will start in her new £275,000 (US$430,000) a year position at the UK communications regulator in March 2015.

At the Treasury, White is responsible for managing the UK’s public finances. She has held that position since 2013, beforehand she was director general of public spending within the same department.

Her other previous work includes stints at the No 10 Policy Unit, and the World Bank. She said this morning: “The communications sector is vital to the economy and delivers essential services to everyone in the UK. I look forward to starting in this fascinating job and building on Ofcom’s considerable track record.”

Ofcom chairman Dame Patricia Hodgson added: “Sharon brings with her an outstanding combination of intellect, political acumen and experience leading complex public organisations.

“The Ofcom board is confident that Sharon will provide the leadership and vision to ensure Ofcom continues to promote a thriving communications sector in the UK that operates in the public interest.”

Steve Unger will be acting chief executive until White joins. He will take the reins from the end of the year when current chief executive Ed Richards steps down. His departure was announced in October.

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