ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb starts her term today

By Sarah Stowe | 21 Mar 2022 View comments

The ACCC has a new chair as competition lawyer Gina Cass-Gottlieb takes up the hot seat today, replacing outgoing Rod Sims who has been in the role since 2011.

Cass-Gottlieb begins her five-year appointment with more than 25 years’ experience advising on a large number of merger, competition and regulatory matters in Australia and New Zealand. Before she joined the ACCC Cass-Gottlieb was a senior and founding partner of Gilbert and Tobin’s competition and regulation team.

Cass-Gottlieb will become the first female chair of the ACCC since it was established as an independent statutory authority in 1995.

ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb | Inside Franchise Business Executive

ACCC chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb | Inside Franchise Business Executive

“The ACCC is a world-leading regulator with a high performing, capable and diverse team that is committed to the safety, interests and welfare of consumers and the maintenance of effective competition across the Australian economy,” she said.

“This work provides important benefits to Australians. I start the role today fully aware of and ready for the responsibility that comes with leading the ACCC.

“I would like to thank my predecessor, Rod Sims, who has made an enormous contribution to the ACCC and who has left the organisation in very good shape,” Cass-Gottlieb said.

Over his tenure Rod Sims successfully pursued much larger penalties for competition and consumer law breaches and undertook leading-edge digital platform reports and regulation.

“It has been an honour to be the chair of the ACCC for the last eleven years and I wish Gina all the best in her new role. I hope she will find the job as rewarding as I did,” Sims said.

“I would also like to thank the ACCC staff for their hard work and dedication. I’ll miss working with such a committed group of people, but I know they will provide strong support to Gina and continue their excellent work.”

The appointment of Cass-Gottlieb was announced in December 2021.