Olivier Guersent - Director-General
OLIVIER GUERSENT is as of 1st
January 2020 the Director-General of the Directorate
General for Competition.
He joined the European Commission in 1992, initially with the "Merger Task
Force" in the Directorate-General for Competition. Since then, he has alternated
between the private offices of a number of European Commissioners (Karel Van
Miert, Michel Barnier and Neelie Kroes) and DG Competition (successively Deputy
Head of Unit in charge of cartels, Head of Unit in charge of policy and
coordination of cases, Head of Unit in charge of merger control, Acting Director
“Transport, postal and other services" and, from 2009, Director responsible for
the fight against cartels. From 2010 to 2014 he was the head of the private
office of Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. Having
held the position of Deputy Director-General since July 2014, Olivier Guersent
has been Director-General of the Directorate-General for Financial Stability,
Financial Services and Capital Markets Union from 1 September 2015 to 31
He graduated with distinction from the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux” in 1983. He joined the French Ministry of Economy and Finance in 1984, where he carried out many investigations for the French Competition Authority.
Married and a father of three children, Olivier Guersent is a member of the board of of the non-profit organisation Aremis that provides medical care in the home, primarily to cancer patients in the Brussels area. He is a regular lecturer to postgraduate university students.
Carles Esteva Mosso – Deputy Director-General State aid
Carles Esteva Mosso is Deputy Director General for State aid at the Competition Directorate-General of the European Commission.
From 16 March 2016 until 1 March 2019, he was Deputy Director General for Mergers after having served as Acting Deputy Director General for Mergers since July 2014 and as Director in charge of Policy and Strategy in DG Competition since 2010. Carles Esteva Mosso 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.