Ofcom has appointed Sachin Jogia as its new Chief Technology Officer.
Jogia will join the regulator in October after nine years at Amazon, where he is currently general manager for Alexa Smart Home International, overseeing development of the company’s voice-activated services.
He has previously held senior technology roles at AOL and advertising.com.
At Ofcom, Jogia will lead Ofcom’s work to support innovation across broadcasting, telecoms, wireless services and post. Ofcom will shortly receive new powers to help keep people safe online through the Online Safety Bill, while the Telecoms Security Bill will also extend its security responsibilities.
“I’m delighted to welcome Sachin to Ofcom. His experience as a technology leader, having developed new products for one of the major global platforms, will be invaluable as we take on the new challenge of regulating online safety,” said Dame Melanie Dawes, Ofcom’s Chief Executive.
“The Online Safety Bill is such an essential and pioneering measure, which will help technology flourish in parallel with implementing the right safeguards,” adds Jogia. “I look forward to partnering with all tech platforms to secure greater accountability, while enabling innovation to thrive across the sector for UK citizens.”
Jogia chairs the British Heart Foundation’s Technology Advisory Group. He is also active in a number of schemes to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds – including Amazon’s Future Engineer programme and TeachFirst, where he mentors trainee computer science teachers.