OfcomSharon White has been named as new Chief Executive of Ofcom.

White will replace out-going chief executive Ed Richards, who is leaving the post after eight years at the media regulator. Ofcom confirmed on Tuesday that Sharon White will join from HM Treasury, where she is Second Permanent Secretary, in March 2015.

“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 White

The appointment was made by the Ofcom board, an independent assessor and subject to the approval of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, currently Sajid Javid.

Sharon has spent 25 years working in the public sector and at several government departments including the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Work and Pensions. An economic graduate, Sharon has also worked at the World Bank and is currently at the Treasury in London.

“Sharon brings with her an outstanding combination of intellect, political acumen and experience leading complex public organisations.” – Dame Patricia Hodgson, Ofcom Chairman

Ofcom confirms that her salary will be £275,000 per annum

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