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IPA welcomes appointment of Ofcom CEO Sharon White

The IPA has today (16 December) welcomed the news that Sharon White has been appointed as new Ofcom CEO from March 2015.


Says Paul Bainsfair, Director General, IPA: “From making significant decisions regarding the BBC licence fee to broadband speed, to producing ongoing analytical and broad-based policy advice, Ofcom’s remit is increasingly complex and wide ranging. To navigate this landscape, and to build on the sterling work of Ed Richards, requires an individual with significant experience and impressive political and financial acumen. We are therefore delighted in the decision to appoint Sharon White as CEO and look forward to working with her.”

Sharon joins Ofcom from HM Treasury, where she is Second Permanent Secretary and lead official responsible for managing the UK's public finances, a position. Before that she served as Director General, Public Spending at HM Treasury.

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."

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.

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