Ofcom has appointed former Easynet managing director Jill Ainscough as chief operating officer. She replaces Ed Richards, who was promoted to chief executive last year.
Ainscough joins Ofcom on August 7 and will be responsible for its technology and spectrum operations, as well as the organisation, planning and development groups.
She left Easynet last year to take a career break having been managing director for two years. She was previously the company’s marketing director. Easynet was bought by BSkyB for £211m at the end of 2005.
Richards says: “I know Jill will make an excellent contribution to our important consumer and citizen-facing activities as well as to the effectiveness of the working practices of a lean regulator.”
Before joining Easynet, Ainscough was head of market development at NTL. She was also a business planner for the Cambridge Cable Group and a senior financial analyst for the Granada Group.