ACCC appoints new chief operating officer 

By Tony Zhang|11 August 2020
ACCC chair Rod Sims

The ACCC has appointed a veteran regulator and competition litigator as the agency’s new chief operating officer.

Scott Gregson has been appointed ACCC’s new chief operating officer effective 6 August 2020.

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ACCC chair Rod Sims said Mr Gregson will bring impressive leadership qualities to this role, as well as a deep understanding of the ACCC and the AER, its work, its people and its culture.

“Throughout his career Scott has demonstrated that he is a considered, wise and strategic leader with an impressive track record on delivering many successful ACCC court outcomes, and across other key priorities,” Mr Sims said.

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Mr Gregson was most recently executive general manager of the ACCC’s merger and authorisation review division, a role he held for close to two years. 

Prior to this, he was the executive general manager of the enforcement division, where he led teams that litigated some of the most high-profile competition cases, including Nurofen, Volkswagen, Coles, and helped secure $10 million penalties for consumer protection investigations involving Telstra and Ford, and $9 million for Apple. 

Mr Gregson commenced his career with the Australian public service in 1996 as a graduate at the ACCC, which included a six-month secondment to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

“I have been impressed with Scott’s leadership of the ACCC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and I have every confidence that he will continue to lead our agency through these uncertain times. He is extremely highly regarded and a mentor to many,” Mr Sims added.

Mr Gregson replaces Rayne de Gruchy who retired in April. Mr Gregson will be primarily based in ACCC’s Canberra office.

ACCC appoints new chief operating officer 
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