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Ofcom appoints Sharon White as new chief executive

Paul Withers
December 16, 2014

HM Treasury Second Permanent Secretary will take up her role in late March 2015, replacing the departing Ed Richards 

Ofcom has appointed HM Treasury Second Permanent Secretary Sharon White as its new chief executive.

She will take up her position in late March 2015 and replace Ed Richards, who is leaving in February after leading the organisation for eight years.

Ofcom director of strategy, international, technology and economist group Steve Unger will step in as acting chief executive ahead of White starting her role to provide continuity.

White (pictured) has been in her most recent role for a year, responsible for managing the UK’s public finances. Prior to that she served as Director General, Public Spending at HM Treasury.

She has 25 years experience in the public sector and Government, starting with spells in Washington, the No. 10 Policy Unit and the World Bank. She later worked in the Department for International Development, the Department of Work and Pensions, the Ministry of Justice and the Treasury.

Ofcom chairman Dame Patricia Hodgson said: “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.”

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