Stephan Malherbe will head the Competition and Regulatory Economics practice at Genesis Analytics following the appointment of James Hodge as the chief economist of the Competition Commission.
Malherbe, the founder of Genesis Analytics, will run the practice alongside the three partners Anthony Felet, Fatima Fiandeiro and Paul Anderson.
Hodge, who has worked at Genesis for the past 14 years, built the largest, and strongest, competition and regulatory economics team on the continent. He has played a pivotal role in some of the most important cases during this time such as the path-breaking Telkom settlement and the successful establishment of mobile termination rates in the face of numerous legal challenges.
Paying tribute to Hodge, Malherbe said: “James has touched many lives at Genesis, training entire cohorts of young economists now building careers in South Africa and abroad, in the public and private sectors, and at Genesis. He leaves behind a team deeply experienced in all forms of competition matters, in regulated industries including telecoms, broadcasting, energy and health, and indeed in those many instances in which economics can improve decision-making in complex settings.
“James’s trademark rational, insightful and crystal-clear economic analysis has had an outsized impact in many forums and across multiple industries. He will play an important role in implementing the recent changes to the Competition Act.”
Hodge starts his new job on 1 March 2019.