Ofcom Chief Executive Sharon White to Step Down


Sharon White is stepping down from her responsibilities as chief executive of Ofcom to take on a role as chairman of The John Lewis Partnership.

White joined Ofcom in March 2015 from HM Treasury, where she was second permanent secretary. The Ofcom Board will now begin the process to appoint a successor.

Ofcom Chairman Lord Burns said: “Sharon has been an outstanding chief executive for Ofcom and will be missed by the whole organization.

“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.”

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 organization that is dedicated in its mission to make communications work for everyone.”