Former Google director to take lead at DRCF

The Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF) has announced a major appointment with the recruitment of former Google, Channel 4 and BBC director Gill Whitehead as its new chief executive.

Whitehead joins the regulator from Google’s UK Management Group, where she led on data science, analytics, measurement and user experience (UX) across EMEA. She will take charge of the DRCF’s efforts to ensure strong regulation of online services.

The DRCF was formed in July 2020 to harness the collective expertise of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Ofcom.

New chief executive Whitehead will take over from 15 November and work towards the DRCF’s work plan focussed on “making a step-change in how regulation is coordinated across digital and online services”.

Commenting on her new role, Whitehead said: “We’re at a critical juncture in establishing a digital regulatory framework that ensures UK citizens can benefit from the best that technology has to offer whilst being protected from the worst.

“I look forward to building a coherent and coordinated approach to digital regulation that is good for people using online services, and for business and innovation”.

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