Ofcom Board appoints Sharon White as Chief Executive

16 December 2014

The Ofcom Board today announced the appointment of Sharon White as Chief Executive.

Sharon will join Ofcom in late March 2015 from HM Treasury, where she is Second Permanent Secretary.

In this role Sharon is the lead official responsible for managing the UK's public finances, a position she has held since November 2013. Before that she served as Director General, Public Spending at HM Treasury.

An economics graduate, Sharon has 25 years' experience in the public sector and Government, starting with spells in Washington, the No 10 Policy Unit, and the World Bank. Sharon 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."

Sharon White said: "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."

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

1. Sharon replaces Ed Richards, who will step down as Chief Executive at the end of December 2014 after leading the organisation for eight years. To provide continuity, Steve Unger, Director of Ofcom's Strategy, International, Technology and Economist Group, will step up as Acting Chief Executive ahead of Sharon starting in her role.

2. Sharon's salary will be £275,000 per annum.

3. The Chief Executive of Ofcom is a public appointment made by the Ofcom Board, involving an independent assessor and subject to approval by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.