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New Competition and Markets Authority Chair questioned by Business Committee

23 June 2022

The Government’s preferred candidate to become Chair of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Marcus Bokkerink, will be questioned by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee to examine his suitability for the role.

Witness

Tuesday 28 June 2022

At 10.15am

  • Marcus Bokkerink, Government’s preferred candidate for Chair, Competition and Markets Authority

The CMA is an arms-length department that promotes competition within and outside the UK. It aims to make markets work in the interests of consumers, businesses and the economy, and ensure companies operate within the law.

The organisation has been without a permanent Chair since the departure of Lord Andrew Tyrie in late 2020, who cited the “inherent limits” of the role.

Mr Bokkerink recently held positions including Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group; Strategic Advisor at Grosvenor Group; and he is currently Chair of the Development Board at Pembroke College, the University of Cambridge.

MPs are likely to question Mr Bokkerink on issues including the CMA’s ability to compete with the private sector when hiring new talent; how he would reform the organisation and guide its approach to emerging markets; and how he would improve its work in consumer protection, advocacy, and markets ahead of the Digital Markets, Competition and Consumer Bill.

The cross-party Committee will publish a short report on the proposed appointment in the days following the session.

Immediately after this session, from 11am, the Committee also holds an evidence session with the Secretary of State for BEIS Kwasi Kwarteng.

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