UK competition watchdog chief Coscelli to step down

UK Competition and Markets Authority chief executive Andrea Coscelli is to step down from the role at the end of his current term in July 2022.

Andrea Coscelli

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

Prior to joining the CMA Coscelli was director of economic analysis, competition group at telecoms regulator Ofcom.

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.”

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