ComReg chairman Chisholm to step down to take up major UK regulatory role

8 Jan 2013

After three years at the helm of Ireland’s telecoms watchdog ComReg, its chairman Alex Chisholm is to step down to take up a new position as chief executive of the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

Chisholm, who has been with ComReg for five years in total, played a key role in shaping market regulation in Ireland and masterminded the 4G spectrum auctions that generated €855m for the Irish exchequer.

“In his role as commissioner and chairman, Alex has made a strong contribution to the development of stable regulation, including a strong emphasis on consumer protection, competition and investment,” Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte said.

“These have been important factors in the significant increased level of penetration of telecommunications technology, including mobile, fixed line and broadband. In addition, effective regulation, through price regulation, access and consumer protection, has allowed consumers greater choice and more competitively priced packages.

“We are continuing to see growth in these markets which is so important for social and economic growth.”

Chisholm will take up his new role as CEO of the UK Competition and Markets Authority in March.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years