John Davies is a Senior Vice President with Compass Lexecon, a firm of consulting economists specialising in the areas of competition policy, litigation and economic regulation.
After taking degrees in economics from Cambridge and Oxford, he worked as a consulting economist from 1994 to 2003 for various firms. In this role he advised clients in the private and public sectors on mergers, abuse of monopoly, network regulation, privatisation and optimal tariff-setting. In 2003 he joined the UK Competition Commission as deputy Chief Economist, becoming Chief Economist in 2005. He managed a team of 20 to 30 economists and was responsible for the quality of the economic analysis on investigations. Notable cases included the market investigations of Groceries and Airports, the BskyB/ITV merger inquiry and a regulatory inquiry into mobile telephony. At the start of 2009 John became the first Executive Director of the new Competition Commission of Mauritius, responsible for competition investigations, for final decision by a board of commissioners. The CCM became fully operational before the end of the year, and he led the new institution through investigations of meat imports, insurance, travel agents, banks and telecoms. In May 2011, John became Head of the Competition Division of the OECD in Paris. The division supports the work of the Competition Committee of the OECD, through analytical work for discussion at the Committee as well as advisory and assistant work to member countries and ‘outreach’ work to non-member countries. He returned to consulting, joining Compass Lexecon, in 2016.