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Suzanne Townley

News Editor, Solicitors Journal

CMA chief executive announces plan to step down

CMA chief executive announces plan to step down


Dr Andrea Coscelli had held the position since 2016

Dr Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), has confirmed he will step down from the role at the end of his current term in July 2022.

Coscelli joined the CMA when it was created in 2013 as an executive director; he has held the position of'¯chief executive'¯since July 2016. In March 2020, he was re-appointed as CEO for a further term of two years.

Prior to joining the CMA, Coscelli was the director of economic analysis at Ofcom, the regulatory and competition authority of the telecommunications, postal and broadcasting industries. He was previously a vice president at Charles River Associates, where he advised on regulatory matters in various European countries. Coscelli was awarded a CBE for services to Competitive Markets in the 2020 New Year Honours.

CMA Chair Jonathan Scott said: “Andrea has given outstanding leadership to the CMA during a period of unprecedented change for the UK competition and consumer protection regime.

“As an Executive Director, he was integral to the creation of the CMA in 2013. Subsequently, as Chief Executive, he has led the organisation through a period of transformation, as we took on substantial new responsibilities after the UK’s departure from the EU along with new functions including the Office for the Internal Market and the Digital Markets Unit.

“I know I speak for the Board and for colleagues across the organisation when I say we are immensely grateful for Andrea’s contribution and leadership, domestically and internationally, and for the significant and lasting impact he has had on the organisation.”

Coscelli said: “By July I will have served for almost nine years as an Executive Director at the CMA, including six as Chief Executive. I feel now is the right time to confirm I will not be seeking another term.

“There is still a huge amount of work to do over the next six months and my focus will be on delivering the organisation’s objectives and enabling a smooth transition.

“I am grateful to everyone at the CMA for their dedication to consumers and for all the support they have shown me.”

Under the terms of the framework agreement between the CMA and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Secretary of State for BEIS appoints the CMA chief executive and sets the terms and conditions according to which he/she holds and vacates their appointment. As such, the appointment process for the role of CMA chief executive will be determined by BEIS in due course.


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