New Delhi: Former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp who spent 23 years working for the banking giant is set to be named the BBC’s next chairman, said a BBC report. The former banker was reportedly Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s boss there.Also Read - Akshata Murty to Pay UK Taxes on Income From Infosys After Controversy

As per the BBC report by the corporation’s media editor Amol Rajan, Sharp has recently been acting as an unpaid economic adviser to Sunak during the coronavirus pandemic. His new role will see him lead negotiations with the government over the future of the licence fee, the report added. Also Read - Michael Vaughan Disappointed as BBC Removes Former England Captain From The Ashes Coverage

Sharp reportedly has a close relationship with Sir David Clementi, the outgoing Chairman and his appointment as the next chairman was first reported by Mark Kleinman of Sky News. Also Read - Facebook Bans Picture of an England Cricket Team Huddle For Being 'Overtly Sexual'

Earlier, there were speculations that Charles Moore – a former editor of The Daily Telegraph and a renowned critic of the BBC would get the job, but due to certain family reasons he decided against taking the job.

Sharp’s father held senior positions at Monsanto and Cable & Wireless, which meant that young Richard spent most part of his childhood in America. He  ended up as Chair of Goldman’s Principal Investment in Europe where he guided partners with their investments, rather than on the trading side, added the report.