Ofcom appoints new chief executive

DetailsEditor | 17 December 2014

After a prolonged search for the person to head up the organisation in a rapidly changing TV market, UK broadcast and communications regulator Ofcom has appointed Sharon White as its new chief executive.


White will replace incumbent Ed Richards, who will step down from his role at the end of December 2014 after leading the organisation for eight years. Steve Unger, director of Ofcom's strategy, international, technology and economist group, will step up as acting chief executive until the new chief takes the reins in March 2015. White is currently second permanent secretary at HM Treasury, 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.

Commenting on the appointment, 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."

For her part, White added: "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."