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OFT confirms new bosses 16 April 2013

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has confirmed three new bosses to head up divisions in cartels and criminal enforcement, policy and consumer credit.

Stephen Blake is the new temporary senior director of cartels and criminal enforcement. He will also be a member of the OFT’s Policy Committee.

Blake has extensive experience of international competition law enforcement, particularly in the field of cartels.

He joined the OFT in September 1998 as a competition lawyer in the Legal Division and moved to the Cartels Group as a deputy director in April 2005, following a two-and-a-half year secondment to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. Prior to joining the OFT, he worked as a solicitor in private practice.

Sheldon Mllls has been appointed as senior director of policy, on temporary promotion. Sheldon will be responsible for the OFT’s competition, markets and consumer policy work.

He will also be a decision maker in Phase I mergers and responsible for the operation of the OFT Policy Committee, which he will be a member of. Sheldon previously led the OFT’s Mergers Group for the past three years.

Prior to joining the OFT in 2010, he worked as a solicitor in the private sector counselling a range of clients in merger and antitrust matters involving antitrust agencies worldwide in private practice.

David Fisher was appointed temporary senior director of consumer credit and anti-money laundering on 1 April.

Fisher joined the OFT in 2001 after 11 years with the Competition Commission. He has held various senior posts within the OFT including, most recently, director of consumer credit and anti money laundering.



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