Ciara Kalmus is a Senior Vice President at Compass Lexecon, based in London.
Ciara has over 20 years’ experience as an applied economist working in competition policy and regulation. She has extensive experience in the media and telecoms sectors after spending 10 years working at the UK communications regulator Ofcom. As a consultant, she has provided expert economic advice in a range of competition matters including merger reviews, abuse of dominance cases, and cartel damages.
Ciara was an Economic Director at Ofcom between 2014 – 2021. She led the economic analysis of Ofcom’s broadcasting work, including the Public Service Broadcasting Review and BBC regulation. Ciara has also been extensively involved in telecoms regulation, including successfully defending Ofcom’s market review of business connectivity before the Competition Appeals Tribunal, as well as representing Ofcom in meetings with stakeholders and the European Commission. She was also involved in Ofcom’s Competition Act work, assessing alleged abuses of dominance in broadband, and in the supply of telecoms access products, as well as in setting price controls.
Prior to working at Ofcom, Ciara spent 15 years in consultancy, working with the Compass Lexecon team on a range of antitrust projects. She has advised clients in cases before the UK Competition and Markets Authority (and its predecessors), the European Commission, and national competition authorities. She has given oral evidence at UK Competition Commission and European Commission hearings as well as before the Competition Appeals Tribunal.
As a consultant, Ciara was recognized in the Who’s Who Legal Competition Economists listing and as a regulatory expert in W@Competition.
She has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA Hons (Class 1) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.