Ed Richards is leaving the media regulator Ofcom after eight years as Chief Executive.
He’ll step down from the £381,000 a year position at the end of the year. Prior to joining Ofcom, Ed was a Senior Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair and before that Controller of Corporate Strategy at the BBC. Ed joined the Ofcom Board in March 2003, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2005 and became Chief Executive in 2006.
Patricia Hodgson, Ofcom Chairman, said: “Ed has been an outstanding Chief Executive. Under his leadership, Ofcom has helped to deliver superfast broadband, 4G, lower prices, innovation, competition, and sustainable public service broadcasting in the UK.
“He leaves an impressive legacy. On behalf of the Board I would like to thank him for his enormous contribution.”
Ed Richards said: “It has been a privilege to lead Ofcom during such an exciting and dynamic period in the evolution of the UK’s communications sector.
“It is never easy leaving a job that you enjoy greatly but I have always felt that once I had completed eight years as Chief Executive this would be the right time to move on.”
Ed will continue to lead on all operational, financial, economic, competition and policy matters until the end of December. Ofcom will start recruiting a new CE in the new year.