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Thursday 06 June, 2019


Sharon White to step down as Ofcom Chief Executive

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06 June 2019

6 June 2019

Sharon White to step down as Ofcom Chief Executive

The Ofcom Board has today announced that Sharon White is to step down as Chief Executive.

Sharon is leaving to become Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership. She is expected to leave Ofcom around the turn of the year.

Sharon joined Ofcom in March 2015 from HMT Treasury where she was Second Permanent Secretary.

Lord Burns, Ofcom Chairman, said: "Sharon has been an outstanding Chief Executive for Ofcom and will be missed by the whole organisation. 

"Under Sharon's leadership, Ofcom has helped to deliver ultrafast broadband, widespread 4G mobile and now 5G, and became the first independent regulator of the BBC."

"She leaves Ofcom as a regulator with a relentless focus on the consumer interest; making sure people and businesses can get the best out of their communications services."

Sharon White said: "It's been a huge privilege to lead Ofcom at a time when reliable, affordable communications have become essential. I will leave behind an organisation that is dedicated in its mission to make communications work for everyone."

The Ofcom Board will now begin the process to appoint a successor.



1.  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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


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