CMA chief Alex Chisholm to leave in July


Boss will depart on July 3 to join the Department of Energy and Climate Change as Permanent Secretary 

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) chief executive Alex Chisholm is leaving to become Permanent Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

He will depart on July 3, with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills running an open recruitment programme to replace him.

In the interim, executive director of Markets and Mergers Andrea Coscelli will take on the role with immediate effect after his departure.

Chisholm (pictured) was appointed in March 2013 and led the creation of the CMA as the UK’s single competition authority, replacing the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission. He has been chief executive since the CMA became fully oprational on April 1, 2014.

“I am proud of what we have achieved together in securing important outcomes for consumers and the economy, from stepping up enforcement, to handling complex mergers and regulatory appeals,” he said. “I leave the organisation in a strong position and in great hands.”