Devender Kumar Sikri, a former Gujarat cadre Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, has been named as chairman of fair-trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI).
Sikri, 62, succeeds Ashok Chawla, whose four-year-long tenure as CCI chief ended on Thursday.
A civil servant with 40 years of experience in various sectors of the economy at central and state government levels as well as international multilateral agencies, Chawla was former finance secretary and had succeeded Dhanendra Kumar, who demitted office in June 2011.
Sikri will have a tenure of about two- and-a-half years—till he attains 65 years of age, a senior official in Department of Personnel and Training told media.
Sikri has held various positions at the centre as well as in Gujarat and was superannuated as secretary, Department of Justice on 31 July 2013.
He had also been secretary in ministry of women and child development and Registrar General of Census.