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Culture Secretary appoints two new board members at Ofcom

Bill Emmott and Ben Verwaayen appointed for four years from 1 January 2016.

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Biographical details

Bill Emmott

Bill is a journalist and editor who spent 26 years at the Economist, with 13 years as Editor-in-Chief and as a main Board Director. He is also a documentary film maker and an author of non-fiction books. Bill was Chairman of the London Library from 2009 to 2015, is one of Swiss Re’s panel of advisers, Group Economic Adviser to Stonehage Fleming wealth managers and is a visiting professor at Shujitsu University in Okayama, Japan.

Ben Verwaayen

Ben has 30 years’ experience in running major telecoms, technology and media companies in executive and non-executive roles. He is currently a General Partner at investment fund Keen Venture Partners and holds various Board positions, including Akamai in the US and mobile operator Bharti Airtel in India. Ben is a former Chief Executive of BT, KPN in the Netherlands and Alcatel Lucent, and has served as a Chairman of Endemol.

As well as joining the main board, Bill Emmott will chair Ofcom’s Content Board. The new board members hold no other public appointments, and have each declared no political activity in the United Kingdom in the past 5 years.

Published 14 January 2016