Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, a 1981 Batch IAS officer, joined the Competition Commission of India as Chairperson in November, 2018. He has more than 36 years of wide ranging experience with Government of India and with Government of Tamil Nadu. His last posting in Govt. of India before joining the Commission was as Secretary to GOI in the Department of Defence Production. He was responsible for matters such as Industrial Licencing, FDI Policy, Export Procedure. Previously, he held several positions in Ministries of Defence, Health, Heavy Industries, Shipping, MSME, Commerce & Industry. While posted as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health, he was dealing with matters relating to International Cooperation, Hospitals, National Cancer Control Programme. He was instrumental in formulating several Govt. policies such as Automobile Policy, Prime Minister’s Rojgar Yojana, ‘Make’ Procedure in defence procurement and establishing Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Delhi. He has extensive experience in Industry, has headed and turned around State Public Sector Units and served on the Boards of Central and State PSUs such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Heavy Engineering Corporation, Tamil Nadu Cements and many others. A gold medallist in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi University, he also holds a Post-Graduate degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University (USA) and an M.Phil. degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University.