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OFT chief exec leaves for Govt role

The Office of Fair Trading’s chief executive, Clive Maxwell, is leaving the organisation to take up a role at the department of energy and climate change.

Maxwell will leave the OFT on 23 February to join DECC as director general for consumers and households, where he will lead work on energy efficiency and other energy reforms.

He will be succeeded as OFT chief executive by current executive director Vivienne Dews.

Dews has been OFT executive director since 2008, and has previously worked for the Health and Safety Executive and the Home Office.

Separately, OFT executive director Cavendish Elithorn is to leave the organisation next month to join the Department for Transport as director of Network Rail sponsorship.

Maxwell says: “It has been a privilege over the last four years to work at and lead the OFT, in a period which has seen the largest changes in its 40 year history, including the transfer of credit regulation, changes to responsibilities for consumer protection and the setting up of its successor, the Competition and Markets Authority.

“’I have decided now is the right time to make the next move in my career and I am looking forward to taking up the challenge of my new role at DECC.”

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