Ofcom CEO Sharon White is due to step down at the end of the year to become Chairman of The John Lewis Partnership.
White joined the UK broadcast regulator in March 2015 from the UK government’s economic and finance ministry, HM Treasury.
In a statement issued today, Ofcom Chairman Terry Burns praised White as an “outstanding Chief Executive”.
“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,” said Burns.
“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 organisation that is dedicated in its mission to make communications work for everyone.”
Ofcom will now start the process of appointing White’s successor.