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Johannes Laitenberger

Johannes Laitenberger is the Director-General of DG Competition. He took office on 1 September 2015. Under the political guidance of Commissioner Vestager, he manages the Directorate-General within the framework set by its mission statement and work programme.

He has been Deputy Director-General of the Commission's Legal Service (2014-15), Head of Cabinet of President Barroso (2009-14), Spokesman of the European Commission (2005-09) and Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Reding (2003-04).

Johannes Laitenberger started his career in the European Institutions in 1996 as an adviser in the General Secretariat of the Council. In 1999, he joined the Commission as a case handler in the Directorate-General for Competition (formerly DG IV) and soon became Member of Cabinet of Commissioner Reding (1999-2003).

He studied Law at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, and qualified as a German lawyer

He was born in Hamburg (Germany) on 27th June 1964 and grew up in Hamburg and Lisbon (Portugal).

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Deputy Directors-General

Cecilio Madero Villarejo – Deputy Director-General Antitrust

Cecilio Madero Villarejo has been Deputy Director-General for Antitrust at the European Commission's Competition Directorate-General since May 2011. He is responsible for the Commission's antitrust cases and policy.

His experience with the Commission spans 25 years during which his career has focused on European competition policy. As a case-handler, he dealt first with the adjustment of state monopolies and the internal energy market. In 1995, he was appointed Head of Unit dealing with State aid in the area of manufacturing, including the textile, papers, chemical, pharmaceutical, electronic industry, mechanical engineering and other sectors.

Between 1999 and 2006, he was Head of Unit in charge of Information Industries, Internet and Consumer Electronics. In October 2006, he was appointed Director of the Services Directorate, and then in 2007, Director of the Information, Communication and Media Directorate.

In 2010 he became Acting Deputy Director-General for Mergers and Antitrust.

Mr. Madero studied law at the Complutense University in Madrid. After working for five years at Banco Bilbao in Spain, he joined the European Commission (Competition DG) in 1987.

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Carles Esteva Mosso – Deputy Director-General Mergers

Carles Esteva Mosso is Acting Deputy Director General for mergers at the Competition Directorate-General of the European Commission.

Until recently, he was in charge of the Directorate for Policy and Strategy. His responsibilities included coordinating the European Competition Network and the international dimension of competition policy. Carles Esteva had previously held a number of management positions in DG Competition.

Between 1999 and 2004, he was a Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Competition Policy, Mario Monti. For the five years prior to that, he worked in several areas within DG Competition. Before joining the Commission, Carles Esteva worked in private legal practice. He is a member of the Barcelona Bar.

Carles Esteva holds a Masters degree in European Law from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles. He also graduated in Law and Economics from the Universitat de Barcelona, and in Political Science (International relations) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He is a guest professor on competition law at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

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Gert-Jan Koopman – Deputy Director-General State aid

Gert Jan Koopman has been Deputy Director-General for State Aid since November 2010. He is responsible for the Commission's State aid cases and policy.

Prior to this, he was Director for Policy Strategy and Co-ordination and before that, for the Economic Service and Structural Reform Directorate at the European Commission's Economic and Financial Affairs DG, which he joined in May 2008. In this capacity, he led the work on the structural reform agenda and provided economic advice to all Commission services. Mr Koopman was also a member of the Commission's Impact Assessment Board which vets all Impact Assessments produced by Commission departments.

He was Director for Industrial policy and economic reforms in the Enterprise and Industry DG from January 2005.

From 1995 to 2004, Mr Koopman advised Commissioner Neil Kinnock, initially as a Member of his Cabinet with responsibility for Transport, and later as Head of Cabinet when Mr Kinnock was Vice-President for Administrative Reform.

He studied Economics and Latin and Greek at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a Researcher and Policy adviser for the University of Utrecht and the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis before joining the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs DG in 1991.

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