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Ofcom advertises Chief Executive role

July 23, 2019

By Colin Mann

Following the June 6th announcement by the Board of UK communications regulator Ofcom that Sharon White was stepping down as Chief Executive and that it would begin the process to appoint a successor, the role has now been formally advertised, with Ofcom retaining executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with the appointment.

The Ofcom Board is seeking “an exceptional leader” with considerable skill, experience and strong social purpose to deliver its mission – ensuring people and businesses across the UK have access to high quality, affordable communications services.

The closing date for applications is August 11th.

The Selection Panel expects to select an initial longlist of candidates by August 21st who will then be invited to an initial interview with Russell Reynolds. The panel will then choose a final shortlist of candidates, and final interviews expected to take place in the week of September 16th.

The appointee will receive a remuneration and a benefits package aligned with Ofcom’s public body status, which is disclosable in its Annual Report and Accounts. The successful candidate would have the intention to serve for five years. The remuneration details include a basic salary of £315,000 and a standard allowance of £15,000.

White is leaving to become Chairman of retail group The John Lewis Partnership, and is expected to leave Ofcom around the turn of the year. Her base salary at Ofcom, as per the regulator’s November 2018 Senior Salary Disclosure, was £341,700.

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